Baruch College was ranked #35 for all master’s degree-granting institutions in the North in the just-released 2008 edition of U.S News & World Report’s guide to the country’s best colleges and universities.
The #35 spot, the highest Baruch has achieved since the rankings were introduced in 1983, confirms the College’s growing academic excellence and steady upward trajectory in the national polls. A total of 574 colleges and universities were ranked in four geographic areas. Baruch’s standing was even more impressive when it was compared to other public institutions. Overall, in the North region, Baruch ranked #6 for universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs.
Baruch’s 2008 rankings represent a fifteen-point rise from its position on the U.S. News & World Report charts just two years ago, and a five point gain over the College’s rank last year.
Undergraduate business programs at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business also showed dramatic improvement, ranking #41 nationally in a tie with Syracuse University, George Washington University and four other institutions. The 2008 ranking represented a ten-point gain over last year. When compared to other public business schools, the Zicklin School was ranked at #24 nationally.
For the ninth year in a row, Baruch College maintained its #1 rating for ethnic diversity among colleges nationwide. Among universities, it was marginally outranked by Rutgers.
U.S. News and World Report’s rankings are calculated on a number of widely accepted criteria in categories that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The rankings are based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Commenting on the 2008 rankings, Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron said, “I am delighted at these rankings, and proud, because they confirm what we in the Baruch community have worked so hard to achieve. In recent years, we have made significant gains in financial resources, in the caliber of our students and faculty, and the esteem in which the College is held by the broader academic community.”
Baruch College (www.baruch.cuny.edu) comprises three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. Baruch enjoys a 160-year history of excellence in public higher education with an emphasis on business.
The College mirrors the multiethnic character of New York City. Baruch’s 15,500 students speak 110 languages and come from 160 countries. With nine applicants for every seat in the freshman class, Baruch is a top-college choice whose “real-world classroom” and diverse student body ensure that graduates head into the professional world thoroughly prepared for success in a diverse society and a global economy.
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