City College One of Top New York State Public Colleges and Universities

July 29, 2013 | City College

Climbs 232 Spots on Forbes’ Top Colleges in the United States list to #137, ranking ahead of all other state-supported institutions

A campus event at The City College of New York. Shepard Hall is in the background.

The City College of New York is one of the top ranked New York State public colleges and universities on Forbes magazine’s 2013 Top Colleges in the United States list. CCNY ranks 137 overall, climbing 232 spots from 2012 and placing it ahead of all other state-supported institutions. Only the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was ranked higher, at number seven. The next highest-ranked state institution, SUNY Binghamton, placed 139.

“The Forbes rankings are important because they assess what matters most to students and their families – what they will get from their college education – and the high ranking we received is recognition that City College truly delivers on its promise of access and excellence,” said CCNY President Lisa S. Coico. “City College graduates are making their marks in all areas of American life because they leave us prepared to succeed.”

Forbes produces the Top Colleges in the United States list in partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington-based not-for-profit research center focused on issues and problems facing U.S. institutes of higher education. Its criteria emphasize “outputs” over “inputs.”

According to Caroline Howard, the Forbes senior online editor who directed the project: “We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”

To derive the schools’ rankings, CCAP staff members gather data from multiple sources on 12 factors that are grouped in five general categories and then weighted: student satisfaction; postgraduate success; student debt; graduation rate, and nationally competitive awards. Postgraduate success receives the heaviest weighting, 37.5 percent.

Outstanding City College alumni include such prominent figures as Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state; Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a founder of Intel Corp., and artist and author Faith Ringgold. In addition, nine CCNY graduates have received Nobel Prizes; more than any other U.S. public college or university.

Since 2005, CCNY students have won one Rhodes Scholarship and five Truman Scholarships. In addition, since 2010 they have won two Goldwater Scholarships, three Fulbright Scholarships and 20 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

One of the reasons for City College’s stellar rise in the rankings was a change in the methodology in the study used to measure postgraduate success. Forbes switched from using “Who’s Who” data to a newly compiled list of America’s leaders compiled by CCAP. This produced a more inclusive result that incorporated people from such lists as Forbes “Power Women” and “30 Under 30” as well as prizewinners in the arts, sciences and other fields.

“We opened up our definition of success and City College reaped the benefit,” Ms. Howard said.

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About The City College of New York

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review , and ranks among U.S. News’ top regional universities.

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