Baruch College opened its first permanent student center, called the Allen G. and Mary E. Aaronson Student Center, to undergraduate students on November 1 with the goal of fostering a community on campus.
Completion of the Student Center, located in the historic U.S. Post Office on East 24th Street, comes just as many Baruch students are transitioning from fully online learning to in-person classes.
“The Aaronson Student Center promises to be a dynamic and energizing new space for students to socialize, study together and build community,” Baruch President S. David Wu said in a press release.
In 2017, Baruch entered into a 15-year lease agreement with the US Post Office to acquire rights to part of the lower level of the building.
Nearly five years later, the 5,500 square foot space will provide designated meeting areas for more than 130 Baruch student clubs and organizations.
The center has a large function room, lounges, and meeting spaces, with inviting accents like colorful furniture and high ceilings. Students can find the entrance on East 24th Street.
“It’s a step in the right direction as Baruch can transition to more in-person opportunities for students, especially as more people return to campus and need a place to go between their classes as commuters,” said Emma Sassouni. “Hopefully more things will open alongside the Aaronson Building.”
Sassouni, who currently works as the Macaulay Scholars Council representative for the Baruch Class of 2024, describes struggling to find a social space to hold team meetings.
“Sometimes at the busiest times it can be difficult to get into the main library because there are so many people going there between classes,” Sassouni said.
The student center was funded by donations from its namesake, the late Allen Aaronson of the Class of 1948 and his wife, Mary Aaronson. The two were among Baruch’s most generous benefactors in the college’s history.
“It also speaks to Allen Aaronson’s inspiring legacy as a generous donor and champion of Baruch,” Wu said of the center. “We are proud to see his vision of a space dedicated to student activities come to fruition in this historic center bearing his name.
The center currently operates from morning to afternoon every day of the week. Students can use Navigate to book one of three 90-minute time slots, between which the center receives a deep clean.