For a school that many people have not heard of, Baruch has a surprisingly good reputation in NYC. It is best known for its large Accounting network as the Big 4 hire heavily from Baruch. The Master of Financial Engineering program is the #2 ranked program in the world (ahead of MIT). I doubt many people on GMAT Club are applying to the MFE program, but it does bolster the reputation of the school a bit in the Finance field.
The Full-Time MBA program is 50% international which is why it is important that the Big 4 recruit heavily from Baruch since they offer sponsorship. However, if you are not an Accounting major, you might find the internship recruiting a bit tougher. It is definitely on the student to dedicate substantial time to recruiting, as he/she should not rely on career advisors to hold his/her hand through the process.
That being said, Baruch really is a decent Business School as long as you are not expecting the same treatment from recruiters that your peers at NYU or Columbia will receive. It is obviously a lower-tier school, but the tuition is affordable (especially if you are a New York resident), and they also offer many partial scholarships. The cost of living should definitely be a factor, as Baruch is located in the heart of Manhattan, so about 50% of the full-time MBA program lives outside Manhattan.
About professors, classes and curriculum
The curriculum is good, however it is very challenging. On the whole, the professors are good and seem to take a genuine interest in the students succeeding. That being said, the work load is tremendously difficult at the start, so students need to be mindful of keeping time available for internship searching.
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