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Baruch College campus in New York.
Baruch College campus in New York.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg


School of Quant: At $29,000, a Public NYC College Outclasses Princeton

New York’s Baruch College offers a no-frills financial engineering course that’s feeding some of the world’s most elite global trading firms.

Princeton has its Gothic spires, MIT its Great Dome. But for a no-frills lesson in 21st-century finance, head to a lackluster high-rise on Manhattan’s East 25th Street — AKA, Bernard Baruch Way.

Nine flights up, along scuffed linoleum hallways, a handful of math-loving graduate students consider equations that would make most people’s heads hurt. On the syllabus recently: three-dimensional volatility surface structures for options pricing models.