Wall Street Journal ranks CCNY #1 nationally for best value

The City College of New York ranks #1 for Best Value among the top 250 U.S. schools, according to the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Best College Rankings. The publications determined this by dividing each institution’s overall score by its net price.  City College, #212 overall on the rankings out of 796 colleges and universities, was followed in second place by another CUNY school, Baruch College, for value.  

CCNY also ranked #6 for Environment, a category that reflects four elements that are fortes for CCNY, which has a student body representing more than 150 nationalities.

Following is a breakdown of the WSJ/THE Environment scoring for CCNY.  

  • Student diversity, 93.9 points;
  • Faculty diversity, 92.8;
  • Student inclusion, 92.8;
  • International students, 61.2.

CCNY placed in the first decile for Environment and climbed two places from its eighth ranking nationally by WSJ/THE last year.  

Regionally, City College was ranked #82 out of 258 institutions in the Northeast.

The WSJ/THE recognition continues CCNY’s impressive showing on rankings this month. Earlier, CCNY scored highly in several categories on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. CCNY was #10 nationally for social mobility, #26 for economic diversity and #29 for campus ethnic diversity. 

Before that, Forbes’ first Covid-era rankings of the nation’s most outstanding schools maintained City College’s standing among the best, from an exclusive field of 600 four-year schools drawn from the nearly 2,700 such degree-granting institutions in the U.S.

In August, the Princeton Review named City College one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates.

About the WSJ/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 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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