Baruch is a strong choice for students who want a quality education at a low price. But, some say that their overall experience can be quite lonely, unless you make friends quickly. Most Baruchians seem too busy studying, building resumes, and hanging out at their apartment to stick around on campus, so unless you join a club or organization, it may be difficult to actively socialize. High workload and demands can make studying hard, particularly if you plan to work. In fact, many Baruchians work part time, while some are employed full time, in addition to taking classes. For many, it's a true business-oriented, urban environment that can make some students feel left out. It can be stressful as any demanding college, but, overall, Baruch is capable of shaping you into a well-rounded, tough-skinned leader. It may not be Ivy League, but out of all public schools in the area, it has a serious reputation and capability. Luckily, if you're longing for human connection, there are plenty of organizations and clubs to join.
If you don't like to be in the minority, think twice about your major. Nobody likes being stereotyped, but you might raise a few eyebrows telling others you major in philosophy or music at Baruch. Many people view the college as primarily a business school, so major in something else, and you might be ignored. And that view put some non-business majors in a constant battle to prove otherwise. But regardless of your major, the level of education will leave you satisfied. One thing to keep in mind when choosing a major is that smaller departments don't always guarantee a large choice of faculty. It's not uncommon to learn that there's only one teacher for a particular class—so guess what happens if you don't like that professor? However, this doesn't mean that a smaller department won't have a professor you'll absolutely admire. Most teachers are very effective at conveying the material while acting courteous and fair.