Scoring highly in several categories, The City College of New York is #10 nationally for social mobility in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings published today. City College places highly in six other categories including #26 for economic diversity and #29 for campus ethnic diversity. Overall, CCNY is ranked #148 on the list of Best National Universities, a jump of 28 places from its #176 ranking last year.
According to U.S. News & World Report, schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Click here for more on how the publication ranks schools. Princeton is ranked #1, with Columbia, Harvard and MIT all tied for second.
The following is how CCNY fares in the annual evaluation of America’s top degree-granting schools:
- Social Mobility - National Universities, #10, tied with 10 other schools, including George Mason University, Rutgers-Newark and University of Alabama;
- Economic Diversity - National Universities, #26;
- Campus Ethnic Diversity - National Universities, #29, with a 0.72 Diversity Index and 38% majority Hispanic student population;
- Best Colleges for Veterans – National Universities, #86, tied with 12 others including Carnegie Mellon University, Rutgers-Camden and George Mason;
- Top Public Schools - National Universities, #67, tied with 10 other schools, including George Mason, Rutgers-Newark, and University of Alabama;
- Best Undergraduate Engineering – Doctorate, #96, tied with 17 other schools, including Howard University, Brigham Young, and Florida A&M; and
- Best Undergraduate Computer Science, #154, tied with 23 others including both University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Lowell; Wesleyan, and Ohio University.
CCNY’s 10th placing in social mobility for National Universities is another jump from #17 last year. It’s another affirmation of the school’s powerful impact on the future of its graduates. CCNY is also 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.
CCNY’s #67 ranking as a top public school is also a significant surge from #87 last year. U.S. News & World Report defines schools in the National Universities category as those offering a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.
In the other categories, ethnic diversity and economic diversity are City College’s fortes -- with the institution consistently scoring high on numerous annual rankings -- while its recognition as a best college for veterans, continues the trend. In summer, CCNY was among the top schools nationally to earn the designation “military friendly” in the 2021-2022 survey by Military Friendly®.
City College’s good showing on the U.S. News & World Report rankings come a month after the Princeton Review named it one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates.
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.