Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017” puts five CUNY colleges in the top quarter of 711 schools, ranking Baruch College second overall, just after Princeton University and first in the country among the “Best Public Colleges.” Also among the nation’s leaders, according to the assessment, were CUNY’s Brooklyn College, Queens College, Hunter College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“College rankings can vary in usefulness, but Money’s magazine’s methodology is refreshing and very practical because of its focus on student success, not just inputs. It’s not surprising that Money magazine’s assessment confirms what so many have consistently found,” Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “CUNY schools offer high-quality education, great access and affordability, and a tremendous boost up the social ladder. CUNY has become America’s premier urban university by providing generations of low- and middle-income students the means to achieve their aspirations.”
Money magazine ranks colleges based on 27 measures of educational quality, affordability and alumni success. A key factor in the rankings was the social mobility rate developed by Stanford University professor Raj Chetty. That study’s rankings measured how effective each college was at propelling low-income students into the middle class and beyond over the past 20 years. As Money magazine explains, that critical assessment ends up “pointing to colleges that help students achieve the American dream.”
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, 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 Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 400 high schools throughout the five boroughs. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.