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Hunter's 68th Street Campus

Hunter's 68th Street Campus is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side a few blocks from Central Park and numerous cultural institutions. The campus includes a nine-story library with full wireless internet access, a language laboratory, and sophisticated academic computing services. The Hunter College Sportsplex, which has five gymnasia, is one of the premier sports centers in the metropolitan area.

While at the Macaulay Honors College, University Scholars have extraordinarily rich opportunities beyond the classroom. The Honors College encourages—through its own institutional partnerships and its Cultural Passport program—University Scholars to use all of New York City as a wider venue for engagement and exploration. The Cultural Passport gives Honors College students free (or greatly reduced) admission to most of New York's cultural landmarks, including most major museums, Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions, opera, dance, exhibits, and lectures at a vast array of cultural institutions. Special Macaulay Honors College activities associated with the Cultural Passport often bring Scholars into contact with leaders in every aspect of urban life, including the arts, government, business, and science.

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Brookdale Campus

DSC00377.JPGThe Brookdale dormitory is located in New York City's Kips Bay/Gramercy Park area on 25th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive. From the Brookdale dorm, it takes about 25-30 minutes by subway or 40 minutes by bus to get to the 68th Street campus, or you can take the 45 minute walk on a beautiful day. The distance from Hunter's main campus does make it difficult for students to roll out of bed five minutes before class, but the 15 minute walk to the #6 train helps to awaken you and it takes you past great places to eat, as well as the bustling campuses of the School of Visual Arts and Baruch College.

During leisure time at Brookdale, students have access to a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a game room, where they can play video games, watch TV, play pool, browse through the student bookcase, and much more.

It is not only frustrating, but tiresome to carry loads of laundry around the streets of NYC. Plus, who knows where the closest laundromat is! Fortunately, the Brookdale dorms have their very own laundromat built into the basement, where the machines are not only plentiful, but also eco-friendly!

As a Macaulay Honors College student at Hunter, you have the option of a free Brookdale Residence Hall room for up to two years, excluding summers. This option for a free room for two years applies only to the fall and spring terms. Students will have dorm access for their third and fourth years, but they will be charged for the room at the Brookdale Residence Hall. The Director of Financial Aid will provide a list of loans to eligible students who are not able to pay for the dorm room in their third and fourth years. This arrangement is subject to continued availability of the Brookdale Residence Hall.

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The Macaulay Building

172_macaulayrooms_building.jpgThe new "Mac" Center is housed in a landmark building at 35 West 67th Street.

In addition to its administrative offices, this easily-accessed brownstone boasts two theaters, an informal student lounge, seminar rooms and quiet student study space, all of which Honors scholars are encouraged to use. Recently renovated, this is a terrific space for Honors students to meet informally, hold club meetings, and just hang out when on the west-side of Manhattan.

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Clubs and Student Organizations

University Scholars also have an enormous array of local campus student activities and organizations available to them.

Many University Scholars have founded their own organizations or taken leadership roles--from editor-in-chief of the campus student newspaper to captain of a sports team or leader of CUNY-wide community service projects. University Scholars also have opportunities to serve as Macaulay Honors Ambassadors, both at their home colleges and at Macaulay.

The University Scholars Council plays a vital role in creating a shared community for University Scholars in Macaulay Honors College. Each class at each campus elects one student representative to the Council, which operates through the following committees: academic affairs, commencement, communication, community service, finance, student life, and the senior yearbook.

The University Scholars Council has initiated an amazing array of activities from a "Cultural Passport Scavenger Hunt" to a trip to a Brooklyn Cyclones game, to Macaulay Honors College's annual Spring Picnic.

The University Scholars Council recently wrote an Honors Code for all University Scholars. The new code specifies exemplary conduct both in and outside the classroom in order to further articulate what it means to be a University Scholar in Macaulay Honors College.

University Scholars at Hunter recently formed their own organization, aptly named Hunter College Honors Council (or HC2). The HCHC acts as the voice for the Honors students at Hunter and at Macaulay. It is composed of dedicated officers who strive to further the recognition and encouragement of scholastic achievement. As a council, its mission is not only to plan events, but also to encourage fellow students to participate so as to gain valuable experiences and lifelong friendships. HCHC plans social events, coordinates freshman mentoring projects, decorates the Honors Lounge, participates in charity events, and other activities.

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