Six CUNY Senior Colleges are in the top 10 in the US for a combination of key performance metrics, with Baruch College taking the top spot.
According to a new interactive college rating tool created by The New York Times, six senior schools of The City University of New York are among the best in the country at combining affordability, academics, diversity, and high post-attendance earnings. The tool, which enables potential college students to evaluate up to ten goals and create a corresponding ranking list, is the most recent confirmation of the University’s capacity to carry out its mission of granting affordable admission to those in the middle class and above.
When a combination of excellent incomes, academic profile, economic mobility, low sticker price, low net price, racial diversity, and economic diversity is equally prioritized, Baruch College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, Brooklyn College, and Queens College round out the top five universities. The seventh-ranked John Jay College of Criminal Justice is also among the top 10.
According to CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez, “it is no coincidence that our colleges continue to be at the top of lists of universities that offer an affordable way for students to climb the socioeconomic ladder.” “We applaud the rising trend of CUNY and public colleges receiving the credit they merit for granting degrees without debt to students from all backgrounds,” said the group.
The program also gives applicants the option to prioritize school safety, party atmosphere, and athletics. Using those additional parameters, CUNY colleges also performed well. Users can filter results based on the school’s size, regional location, admission rate, and whether it is a public or private institution. The rankings looked at around 900 four-year nonprofit institutions.
A study by The New York Times and research technology company Morning Consult found that prospective students prioritized affordability and post-graduation earnings over the availability of varsity sports when making their college decision. Baruch College is ranked #1 among public colleges and fourth overall in the country based purely on a combination of low net price and earnings 10 years after attendance.
The University does well on numerous rankings that concentrate on a single criterion. City College is the top-ranked school when economic mobility is the only consideration, followed by Baruch (No. 3), John Jay (No. 6), and Hunter (No. 8).
When considering the top 10 colleges based on low net price, Hunter is at the top, followed by Baruch at No. 2, John Jay at No. 3, City College at No. 4, Brooklyn College at No. 5, and Queens College at No. 7.
State Senator Toby Stavisky, chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, stated on Twitter that “our [CUNY] system remains one of the greatest drivers of upward mobility in the country.”
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, leader of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, stated that CUNY “remains one of New York’s greatest economic empowerment and social mobility tools.” “Students expect their pursuit of higher education and degree completion to enhance their lives, increase their access to job possibilities, and increase their wages. CUNY has once again shown that it is a wonderful equalizer, launching graduates from all backgrounds into the professions and fields of their dreams.
“I am happy to see CUNY so highly represented on this list as both the chair of the NYC Council’s Committee on Higher Education and a proud CUNY alumnus. “CUNY has assisted countless people in realizing their dreams of success with its commitment to providing affordable, high-quality education to students from all backgrounds,” stated New York City Council Member Eric Dinowitz. “In order to assist our students and the future of our community, it is critical that we keep funding CUNY and expand their programming. The CUNY system continues to be a ray of light for people looking to better their life through education despite the numerous difficulties plaguing higher education today. There is little doubt that CUNY will continue to play a significant role as we move to the future.
The City institution of New York is the largest urban public institution in the country and an essential part of the economic vitality of New York City. Over 243,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend CUNY’s seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges, and seven graduate or professional institutions, which are dispersed across New York City’s five boroughs. Every year, 55,000 degrees are granted by CUNY, which was founded in 1847 as the country’s first free public institution of higher education.
Nearly six times as many low-income students are propelled into the middle class and beyond by CUNY’s quality and affordability as by all the Ivy League institutions combined. More than 80% of the University’s graduates stay in New York, making a positive impact on every facet of the city’s economic, civic, and cultural life as well as diversifying its workforce across all industries. Numerous renowned awards, such as 26 MacArthur “Genius” Grants and 13 Nobel Prizes, have been given to CUNY alumni and faculty members. The University’s original purpose is still alive today: to offer top-notch public education to all students, regardless of their financial situation or background.