Hunter College is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) and one of the oldest public colleges in the country, with its founding in 1870. More than 23,000 students attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study in the heart of Manhattan.

Hunter's student body is as diverse as New York City itself. For more than 140 years, Hunter has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities, and today, students from every walk of life and every corner of the world attend Hunter. The school offers a broad range of academic programs across its wide-ranging Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, Health Professions and Urban Public Health.

Hunter offers master's programs in nursing, nutrition, biomedical laboratory management, accounting, education, speech-language pathology and all the liberal arts, plus a number of accelerated and advanced certificate programs. Hunter also offers master's programs in the fine arts, including creative writing, studio art, integrated media arts and playwriting.

Hunter became a PhD-granting institution in 2008, when it was authorized to offer, jointly with the CUNY Graduate Center, doctoral degrees in biology, biochemistry, and physics. Hunter is also home to world-renowned research centers, including the Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro), and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity.

Hunter students are strongly committed to higher education and their level of academic achievement is extremely high despite challenges they face: More than half hold jobs and more than a third are the first in their families to attend college. Hunter graduates make a mark wherever they go, but the vast majority choose to give back locally.

Hunter faculty are dedicated to the success of their students, bringing their breadth of scholarship and artistic achievement into the classroom and providing opportunities for their students to participate in research so they can pass along their skills and knowledge to the next generation of scientists, public servants, artists, nurses, social workers, health care professionals, professors and engaged citizens of the world.