CCNY a top performer on 2020 U.S. News rankings

Scoring highly in several categories nationally, The City College of New York is a top performer on social mobility, remains one of the most diverse campuses, and has one of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country. This is according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings published today.

The following is how City College fares in the annual evaluation of America’s top degree-granting schools:

  • #17 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie);
  • #17 in Campus Ethnic Diversity;
  • #93 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)
       at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate;
  • #109 in Top Public Schools (tie); and
  • #228 overall in National Universities (tie).

In addition, CCNY remains #669 on U.S. News’ Best Global Universities rankings, tied with New Mexico State University at Las Cruces.  It also maintains its #471 global ranking for physics, level with Britain’s Heriot Watt University. U.S. News ranked universities around the world based on their academic research and reputation.

Another favorable U.S. News ranking CCNY appears on is for schools where graduates leave with the least debt. City College is in the top eight with an estimated 13% graduates with debt. The few institutions scoring lower than CCNY are Harvard (2%), Princeton (4%) and Stanford (10%).

This is the second major ranking of universities in a week that CCNY, whose student population hails from more than 150 nations, features in prominently. 

On Sept. 5, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education placed CCNY second nationally in their top 10 best value college rankings.  The Journal also placed CCNY in the first decile for environment, a category that reflects diversity on campus.

Click here to read about the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking methodology.

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 role 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 In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.


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