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Wall Street Journal ranks CCNY 2nd nationally in ‘best value’ category

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The latest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College rankings list City College among the top 10 best value schools in the nation and one of the most diverse.

The City College of New York ranks second among the 10 best value colleges nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 College Rankings released today. CCNY also scores in the first decile for environment, a category that reflects diversity on campus.

These latest rankings validate two of CCNY’s traditional fortes: providing a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, and as a remarkably diverse institution with a student body representing more than 150 nationalities.

In the overall WSJ/THE rankings, CCNY placed joint 205 out of 801 institutions nationally. Two other CUNY schools in the best value top 10,   Baruch College and Hunter College, were #232 and #208, respectively.

To calculate which schools provide the best value, the WSJ/THE concentrated on the top 250 overall only and divided each institution’s overall score by its average net price based on U.S. Department of Education data. The average net price is the total cost of attending a school— including tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other costs—minus federal or institutional financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Students who don’t receive any aid were not included in the calculation.

The complete top 10 best value schools list is:

  • Berea College;
  • City College of New York;
  • Bernard M. Baruch College;
  • Hunter College;
  • University of Washington-Seattle;
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • Purdue University West Lafayette;
  • University of Illinois at Chicago;
  • University of California, Los Angeles; and
  • Princeton University.

The rankings note that at CUNY schools like CCNY, more than 40% of students are from households with less than $20,000 in annual income, and 80% of graduates leave without debt.

City College’s score in the first decile for environment, in that category of the WSJ/THE rankings, encompasses several measures to gauge a school’s inclusiveness. They range from the percentage of international students, to the diversity of a school’s students and faculty.

Environment is also one of four “pillars,” each representing a key area in teaching excellence that the overall rankings are generated from. Resources, engagement and outputs are the other pillars

About The Rankings
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings is a pioneering ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that puts student success and learning – based on 100,000 current student voices – at its heart.
Developed in partnership with US experts and universities, the ranking captures four key areas of performance: the  resources  available  to  support  education  at  an  institution, the ability of degree programs and  teaching to stimulate learning; the diversity and inclusiveness of a college environment, and the propensity of an institution to contribute to students’ success.

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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