Baruch College has once again earned a gold badge from U.S. News & World Report magazine in its latest rankings of best colleges nationwide. In the just–released 2009 report, Baruch took honors in several categories. In the north region of the United States, Baruch jumped two notches, to #33, in the list of best master’s degree–granting institutions. Other outstanding rankings include:
-The sixth-best public institution in the north to offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs.
-First in racial diversity among master’s degree–granting institutions in the north. This is the 10th consecutive year that Baruch has maintained this position.
-Lowest acceptance rate, highest graduation rate, and most transfer students among the top 100 schools in the north.
Baruch’s position at #33 is the highest the College has reached in that category since the magazine began its annual rankings in 1983. Last year, Baruch’s position was #35 out of 86 in the north.
The undergraduate programs at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business were the second most highly regarded in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty, the programs ranked 52nd nationally.
President Kathleen Waldron of Baruch College said, “These rankings attest to the quality of Baruch’s faculty, students, and strategic vision. It reaffirms what we already know: A Baruch education is a powerful tool for our undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom go on to be global leaders in their chosen fields.”
The magazine determines rankings based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The categories include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
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’s more-than-160-year history of excellence in public higher education, with its emphasis on business, attracts students from 160 countries. With nine applicants for every freshman slot, 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.