Students at CCNY's Freshman Convocation reflect the college's diversity.
With a student population representing 89.6% of the world’s 193 sovereign states, The City College of New York continues to rank among the most diverse academic institutions in America. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 College Rankings place City College at joint #8 for environment with three other schools.
The rankings’ environment score encompasses several measures to gauge a school’s inclusiveness. They range from the percentage of first-time college graduates and Pell Grant recipients to the diversity of a school’s students and staff and the percentage of international students.
The top eight school overall are:
1. La Sierra University
2. California State University, Northridge
3. Johnson & Wales University, North Miami
University of California, Irvine
5. San Francisco State University
6. Barry University
California State University, East Bay
8. California State University, Long Beach
CUNY - Bernard M. Baruch College
CUNY - City College of New York
University of California, Los Angeles
Academics say class discussions often become richer when students from different backgrounds engage on topics like religion and politics.
Drawing students from their immediate areas and appealing to low-income and first-generation college students, state-backed institutions in major cities seem to be most successful at bringing in a racially and socioeconomically diverse student body.
Hispanics, at 31.5 percent, are the largest ethnic student group at CCNY. Asian Americans (27 percent), Whites (21.3 percent) and African-Americans (19.7 percent) are the other major ethnic groups.
For CCNY, this latest recognition follows the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings that named CCNY as one of the top 100 Best Regional Universities in the North and a Top Public School in the North.
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.