Forbes rates eight colleges of The City University of New York as among “America’s Best Value Colleges” in the magazine’s 2018 ranking of 300 top public and private institutions.

“We believe a high-value education should empower students who don’t already come from wealth,” Forbes writes. As a result, its methodology gives the heaviest weight, 20 percent, to alumni earnings six to 10 years after graduation, since “long-term earnings are the most tangible proof of a college degree’s value.” Other criteria included net price, net debt, school quality, timely graduation and population of Pell Grant recipients. Forbes’ goal is “to help students decide whether their college investments are likely to reward them with a healthy return.”

Chancellor James B. Milliken said, “The Forbes list is very much in line with other national rankings that consistently highlight CUNY’s ability to move students up the ladder from the lowest 20 percent of family income solidly into the middle class. Different ranking systems assess different things, so the names of the CUNY colleges that are cited and their relative positions will vary, but all of these lists recognize that CUNY is an extraordinary engine of social mobility.”

Last October, for example, seven CUNY senior colleges and five community colleges dominated the Chronicle of Higher Education’s top 10 lists of public U.S. campuses with the greatest success in moving low-income students into the middle class. At the same time, a separate global assessment of college quality using totally different criteria, three CUNY colleges placed among the top 1,000 colleges among the 27,770 analyzed worldwide. Five CUNY senior campuses made the top quarter of Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” last summer.

In its 2018 ranking, Forbes placed Baruch College as No.12, Queens College, No. 51; Brooklyn College, No. 70; Hunter College, No. 92; City College, No. 93; The College of Staten Island, No.111; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, No.156; and Lehman College, No. 222.

The magazine’s full list is here. Its list of just public colleges is here. Its methodology is explained here.

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