NEW YORK, NY – September 9, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report today published its rankings of the nation’s best colleges, and the results support Baruch College’s growing reputation as a diverse, highly selective public institution where students can get a quality education at modest expense.
At a Glance:
Among Regional Universities in the North region, Baruch ranks:
#1, Least Debt
#2, Lowest Acceptance Rate (Highly Selective)
#4, Ethnic Diversity
#6, Top Public Schools
#6, Freshman Retention
#18, A+ Schools for B Students
#32, Best Overall
Among all colleges and universities nationally, Baruch ranks:
#51, Most Transfer Students (by total number, not percentage)
#61, Undergraduate Business Programs
#75, Lowest Acceptance Rate (Highly Selective)
The average debt the magazine calculated for Baruch graduates, $7,737, was the lowest not just in the North region, but throughout the country for all regional universities. In the North region, four other City University of New York (CUNY) schools rounded out the top five: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Hunter, Queens and Lehman colleges.
The #1 ranking for lowest debt comes on the heels of Washington Monthly’s September/October issue, which declared that Baruch offers the “Best Bang for the Buck” among all colleges in the Northeast region.
The magazine defines “A+ Schools for B Students” as schools “where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving – where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”
In the Ethnic Diversity category, rankings were spaced very tightly at the top. Baruch is in a tie with six other schools for #4 in the North region, with a “diversity index” of 0.72. CUNY-Brooklyn College is the highest ranked school at 0.74, and CUNY-City College is tied for #2 at 0.73. CUNY schools claimed five of the top 10 spots. The magazine’s diversity index ranges from 0 to 1, and “the closer the number is to 1, the more likely it is for students to run into others from a different ethnic group.”
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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