CCNY a top research college for U.S. undergraduates

If you are an undergraduate seeking research options in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), look no further than The City College of New York. Using its unique and innovative InfluenceRanking Engine, lists City College among its 50 Best Research Universities in the U.S. for Undergraduates

CCNY shares top billing with universities such as American, Boston, Brandeis and Brown for their excellence as research institutions of note for undergraduates.

Other top ranked schools include:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Clark University

“The schools in these results emphasize delivering research capabilities to their undergraduate students, and their influence proves they do it exceptionally well,” said Jed Macosko, academic director at and a professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “If you want to be hands-on, these leading undergrad research institutions are worth your consideration."

According to, the power of its proprietary InfluenceRankings Engine is its ability to scour the web and measure the actual influence of thought leaders and top researchers among higher education faculty.  The outcome, points out, are rankings that reflect a more accurate tracking of real-world influence than previously possible in college rankings. comprises a team of academics and data scientists working to provide an objective, non-gameable influence-based ranking for the people, schools, and disciplines that make up higher education. With its college strategist, desirability score, and custom college rankings, helps students to discover the most influential higher education institutions. 

This ranking is further recognition of the quality of science education at City College. In August 2020, CCNY was named a top producer of physics graduates nationally by the American Institute of Physics. It was ranked joint #8 among master’s-granting departments averaging 15 or more physics bachelor’s degrees per year, between the Classes of 2016 and 2018.  

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. 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 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 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight 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.

Jay Mwamba
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