Macaulay Honors College, CUNY Online Degree Lead In National Rankings

CUNY’s William E. Macaulay Honors College is rated highest among all public university honors colleges and programs in the nation while CUNY’s online degree ranks fifth in the nation and Guttman Community College is named the number one community college in New York State, according to recent surveys.

And four CUNY colleges –City, Baruch, Queens and Hunter – place in the top 100 of public colleges nationally for return on investment (the cost of attending vs. debt and earnings after graduation), according to Forbes magazine. That’s a natural, considering the tremendous head start that CUNY alumni have due to the University’s low tuition, which allows eight out of 10 students to graduate debt-free.

Chancellor James B. Milliken said, “The growing recognition of the value that CUNY offers is a testament to the dedication of our students and our extraordinary faculty. The fact that recognition comes from so many different rating organizations – each weighing different factors – speaks to the quality this University provides across the board.”

No public honors college or program scored higher than Macaulay Honors College in the forthcoming book, “Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs.” Publisher publicuniversityhonors.com gave Macaulay its coveted highest score of “5 mortarboards.” This was the first time that the organization considered Macaulay. It evaluated colleges with criteria that included the number of honors classes offered, overall class size, ratio of staff to students, priority registration and prestigious awards received.

Macaulay opened in 2001 and enrolls more than 2,000 students. It offers exceptional students a personalized education that draws on the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban public university.

“All of us who are part of the Macaulay community of scholars — students, faculty, academic advisors, staff, and campus directors — take great joy in working together to build a transformational experience for extraordinary people.  This top rating is recognition that we are on the right track,” Macaulay Dean Mary Pearl said.

The CUNY online degree, offered through the School of Professional Studies, received fifth-in-the-nation rank from the book, 2017 Best Value Online Colleges, by U.S News and World Report.

They also wrote:  ‎ “The City University of New York system is one of the most respected public higher education systems in the nation, on par with SUNY, University of California, and California State systems.”

U.S. News & World Report had ranked the CUNY on-line degree first in New York State and 10th in the nation in its 2016 rankings.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is ranked the best community college in New York State by EDsmart, publisher of Best Community Colleges – garnering the only perfect 100 in its scoring system.

Founded four years ago, Guttman offers associate degree programs as part of an innovative model that emphasizes experiential education, learning communities, instructional teams and a balance between being “high tech” and “high touch.”

Fifty-one percent of its 2012 inaugural class have now earned their associate degrees – a metric significantly higher than the national norm. EDsmart based its rankings of 121 two-year colleges in New York State – primarily CUNY and SUNY – on factors including retention rate, transfer rate, graduation rate and net price.

Forbes magazine’s 2016 rankings of 600 public and private colleges and universities places City 62nd among public colleges, Baruch 74th, Queens 80th and Hunter 83rd. Forbes rankings assess what students get out of college by looking at the compensation that alumni earn after graduation, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success.

In other rankings, City, Hunter and Queens Colleges were included by the Center for World University Rankings. This is the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. The list included 1,000 colleges from around the world.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Baruch College #5 among top public institutions and #20 overall, both for the Regional Universities in the North category‎.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016 Almanac recently listed John Jay College of Criminal Justice 7th among more than 600 universities nationwide in terms of greatest increase in research grant dollars for the fiscal years 2005 – 2014, and 12th in terms of greatest increase in federal research dollars for the same period.

CUNY is the first and largest university system in America to be named Military Friendly in 2016 in recognition of its programs for veterans, members of the armed forces leaving military service, and their military spouses. The designation by Victory Media, the founder of the 13-year-old program, was given to 17 CUNY schools: Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, School of Professional Studies, The City College of New York, and York College.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 274,350 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.