Eight senior colleges of The City University of New York are among the top 50 public colleges in the northern United States in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, released Monday, with two campuses listed in the top 10. Three CUNY schools also made the list of top regional colleges in the northern part of the country.
“This year’s U.S. News & World Report list of best colleges and universities shows once again that CUNY is among the nation’s leaders in offering high-quality, affordable education to students of diverse backgrounds,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “The high ranking of many of our colleges is evidence of our progress in increasing academic momentum and graduation rates and our success in developing cutting-edge strategies to help students achieve their goals.”
For the third year in a row, the U.S. News list ranked Baruch College the fifth-best public college in the north, with Hunter College right behind at No. 6. City College of New York and Queens College were tied at No. 14; York College was No. 15; Brooklyn College, No. 19; Lehman College, No. 37; and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, No. 46.
In the list of top regional colleges in the North, York was ranked No. 34, the New York City College of Technology, No. 36, and Medgar Evers College, No. 46. The list defines regional colleges as those that focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
The annual survey assesses more than 1,800 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Among those institutions, 1,388 receive rankings. U.S. News & World Report says its rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality, which allows prospective students, college counselors and parents “to compare at a glance the relative quality of U.S. institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.”
A change in this year’s ranking criteria was the inclusion of indicators of a school’s success in promoting social mobility – an area where CUNY has been recognized as a national leader in recent years. U.S. News said it factored in data on graduates who received federal Pell grants, financial aid that typically goes to students from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 a year. “One impact of adding the two indicators for social mobility into the 2019 Best Colleges rankings is that economic diversity contributes toward 13 percent of the Best Colleges ranking indicators,” U.S. News said.
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.