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Welcome from the Dean

It is a distinct pleasure to welcome you to the School of Arts and Sciences, the largest school of Hunter College. Enrolling more than 19,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the School of Arts and Sciences awards degrees in a full range of disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as in emerging interdisciplinary fields.

The School of Arts and Sciences is the most comprehensive academic unit of Hunter College, spanning 26 academic departments. We are firmly committed to open and rigorous intellectual inquiry, creative thought, high standards of academic responsibility, and respect for diversity.

The faculty members of the School are known nationally and internationally for their teaching, service, and scholarship. They have received major research grants and awards from agencies including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the National Security Administration, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, the US Department of Defense, and the US Department of Energy. They were awarded more than $30 million in sponsored research last year.

We invite prospective students to explore this web site and the range of academic offerings, from Africana Puerto Rican/Latino Studies to Urban Affairs and Planning. Whether your interest lies in laboratory sciences or creative writing, computer science or philosophy, mathematics or sociology, the School of Arts and Sciences offers challenging and compelling programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The School also offers pre-professional advising in business, health and law fields, as well as learning resource centers and computing laboratories. We are committed to the idea that an arts and sciences background is the ideal preparation for all post-baccalaureate pursuits and enables its graduates to be productive and engaged citizens in a globalizing world.

Hunter students succeed:

  • In 2011 two Hunter students won prestigious Goldwater scholarships for science research, and Hunter has had Goldwater winners three years in a row
  • Hunter students routinely participate in intensive and extensive research programs including those at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Woods Hole, and Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Hunter students have gone on to law school at institutions such as UC Berkeley, NYU, Yale, Columbia, and Harvard
  • Our students attend medical school at Columbia
  • Students often continue their education in graduate schools at Columbia, Princeton, NYU, University of Michigan
  • Hunter’s Model U.N. team consistently earns tops honors at national and international competitions
  • Student films and art have been shown and exhibited widely, including at the Philadelphia Film Society, the Queens Museum of Art, and on PBS
  • Hunter students have a strong tradition of community involvement through its over 160 student clubs, organizations, and publications

We invite your comments and follow-up questions. One of the pleasures of reaching out to the greater Hunter College community is the feedback and enriched perspective that you give us.

Thank you for caring about our academic community.

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