Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money 2018 features six CUNY colleges in the top quarter of 727 schools in the nation, ranking Baruch College eighth overall and fifth among the 50 Best Public Colleges. Also ranked among the top schools in the country were Queens, John Jay, Hunter, Lehman and Brooklyn Colleges.
“Money’s latest college rankings are further confirmation that CUNY is the nation’s premier urban university,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “We have experienced spectacular growth in enrollment, a remarkable expansion of our physical plant, national acclaim for our colleges and prestigious awards and grants are being earned by our students and faculty. The affordability, diversity and quality at our 25 campuses mark a high standard for public higher education in the United States.”
Money magazine ranks colleges based on 26 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, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.