City College surges on 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings

The City College of New York has jumped 52 places from last year in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings published today. Top performances in several categories including social mobility (#17) and undergraduate teaching (#61) have earned City College a  joint #176 spot overall among an elite pool of 389 institutions that made the final cut in the 2021 rankings.     

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

  • #17 in Social Mobility - National Universities (tie);
  • #61 in Undergraduate Teaching - National Universities (tie);
  • #87 Top Public Schools -- National Universities (tie);
  • #90 Best Undergraduate Engineering – Doctorate (tie);  
  • #104 Best Undergraduate Computer Science (tie); and
  • #176 overall in National Universities (tie). 

The latter ranking is a huge leap from #228 last year. According to U.S. News & World Report, schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. Click here to read the full methodology.

With the exception of social mobility where it maintained its #17 position from last year, the 2021 rankings see CCNY climb in all the other categories. 

For instance, the #90 ranking for best undergraduate engineering program at a school whose highest degree is a doctorate is three places better than last year. CCNY also makes a considerable jump in the top public schools category, from #109 previously to #87 this time.

Overall, U.S. News & World Report’s latest recognition adds to CCNY’s high profile in major rankings this year. Other recent rankings include:

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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