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| Hunter has a wonderful freshman program called the "Block Program" where new students will choose a "block" or area of interest and have the same sequence of classes with other students in that block. This guarantees all your classes in the first year (while fulfilling the general requirements) and makes the transition from high school to college much easier. Since you will have classes with the same students, it will also be easier to make new friends and not feel so isolated. If you opt not to participate in the freshman block program, it will be more difficult for you to register for the classes that you need or want since the registration system is based on your seniority in the college.|
As you continue your studies at Hunter, you should make a trip to the career center on the 8th floor of the North building and meet with a career counselor so that you can begin the early stages of career planning. There’s also a discovery computer program and other assessment tools to help you start this process. If nothing else, you should at least try the computer program to help you see what fields you might enjoy working in based on your interests and skills. Try to get experience in areas that you are interested in as early as possible. I did, and it helped me realize an unsuitable career choice! The career counselor/internship coordinator (Paula Wicklow) is very friendly and helpful. She has access to many different internships. There is a decent career library next to her office. Make use of the resources offered to you.
If you maintain over a 2.8 GPA, you can study abroad while earning credit at the same time. I would highly recommend that you participate in at least one if possible, especially if you’ve never traveled abroad. There are many destinations and subjects to study from. Check out the web site for more info.
You should also familiarize yourself with other classes in other CUNY schools. You can take their classes on a space-available basis and as long as you have an advisor approve the class (and you have fulfilled any pre-requisites for that class), it will be applied towards your degree. I took classes on permit to Baruch College in Business and Arts Administration, which were classes not offered at Hunter, and it was a good experience.
Side note: Many students work (part or full-time) while they earn their degree. It is, like other CUNY colleges, a “commuter” school. There is a dorm, although I hear it’s very competitive. If you like diversity, there is a great mix of cultures and people of all ages who attend Hunter. If you’re looking for a social life, it can be difficult since many do not have time to hang out because they have to work. But, you can find plenty to do in the city! Transportation is excellent; the 6 train stops right in front of the college and many buses do as well.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Hunter College and I hope this information helps you. Seek advisors in the areas that you are interested in and counselors to help you along the way. Good luck!
|Jan 17 2004|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2002 |
| Good school for humanities. As a transfer student not sure what to do with my life, I ended up at hunter and have been very glad I did. The philosophy department is great - I have had really great oppertunities to work with faculty both in classes and outside of classes. They have been very supportive of me, and they want you to learn and do well.|
The biggest problems hunter has are with money - they don't have enough funding, and are very stretched. But considering the tuition vs. the education, it's definitely worth it. My friends who have gone to NYU and Columbia all agree that I am getting a better education than they did. The faculty, in my experience, is really great. Plus, since it's not super expensive, you meet a lot more normal people, not just snotty rich kids. It's much more down to earth than Columbia or NYU.Yes, the administrative stuff can be a mess, but in my experience, the horror stories haven't really been all that true. You just go in expecting it, and it's not so bad. And, yes, it can be kinda lonely, but people in general are cool - it's just that everyone has a job or their own life or whaever, so it's a lot harder to make friends. But most people have friends from elsewhere anyway.
|Nov 09 2005|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| I entered as a transfer student. |
Professors: so far 3 out of 6 are outstanding. 2 are acceptable, and 1...well.
Classes: Good selection of classes. I understand it may be tough to get into some as a freshman or sophomore, but the times offered are good, and the types of classes are interesting.
Reputation: Hunter's reputation is good, and on the rise. It's a respected degree.
The buildings: Ugly...seriously...in many places they are falling apart. Escalators are always broken. The paint jobs around the buildings are shoddy. The rooms are always hot, even now in the winter. The 1st floor of Hunter North is decent, but that is about it.
Maintenance: Bathrooms and escalators...terrible. Red tape: Worse here than the typical school. A lot you have to learn on your own. I am still unsure about how to get my minor courses to show as approved by my adviser. Things like that. It's not insurmountable, but it is annoying.
|Jan 05 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2009 |