CCNY among top 2% schools globally, according to 2024 CWUR rankings

The City College of New York maintains its lofty position among the top 2% out of 20,966 universities worldwide. This is according to the 2024 edition of the outcome-based Global 2000 list published today by the Center for World University Rankings

The City College is #412 among the 20,966 degree-granting institutions of higher education analyzed by CWUR, #112 in the United States and #127 regionally (USA and Canada). Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, in that order, occupy the first three places on the rankings.

CCNY’s other placings on the CWUR list this year include: #22 for Quality of Education, #528 for Alumni Employment, and #872 for Research Performance. These amounted to an overall score of 75.3. 

CWUR publishes the largest academic rankings of global universities. The rankings are unique in that:

  • Objective indicators are used for all four key pillars underlying the methodology of the ranking (education, employability, faculty, and research) with no reliance on surveys and university data submissions;
  • Equal emphasis is put on student-related and faculty-related indicators;
  • 62 million outcome-based data points are used for this year’s rankings; and
  • 20,966 universities are ranked according to their academic performance.

About the Methodology
CWUR uses seven objective and robust outcome-based indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities: 

  • Education - based on the academic success of a university’s alumni, measured relative to the university's size (25%);
  • Employability - based on the professional success of a university’s alumni, measured relative to the university's size (25%);
  • Faculty - measured by the number of faculty members who have received top academic distinctions (10%);
  • Research output - measured by the total number of research articles (10%);
  • High-quality publications - measured by the number of research articles appearing in top-tier journals (10%);
  • Influence - measured by the number of research articles appearing in highly-influential journals (10%); and
  • Citations - measured by the number of highly-cited research articles (10%).

About the Center for World University Rankings
The CWUR is a leading consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. CWUR publishes authoritative global university rankings, known for objectivity, transparency, and consistency, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators, and governments from around the world.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
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