Eight colleges in the City University of New York have again been recognized on Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Value Colleges” and one of those schools, Baruch College, was named among the nation’s top 10 in the magazine’s 2019 ranking of the 300 top public and private institutions.
Forbes explains that its methodology “highlights schools with the highest quality and best financial outcomes” and notes that those holding degrees from the 300 schools named on the 2019 list will earn an average annual salary of $80,400 by mid-career.
“Consistent with other national rankings, the Forbes list highlights the fact that CUNY’s singular quality and affordability set it apart as perhaps the most potent engine of economic advancement in the United States,” said Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.
“At CUNY, we take enormous pride in the University’s ability to move students up the ladder from the lowest 20 percent of family income solidly into the middle class. The affordability and quality at our 25 campuses mark a high standard for public higher education in the United States.”
In its 2019 ranking, Forbes placed Baruch College at No. 9; Queens College at No. 34; Brooklyn College at No. 51; Hunter College at No. 74; City College at No. 84; College of Staten Island, No. 102; John Jay at No. 143; and Lehman College at No. 200. Each of those colleges appeared on the list in 2018, but every one of them landed a higher spot this year.
The list, Forbes’ fourth annual ranking, compared data from 645 American colleges and universities, and scored them in six areas: quality; net price; net debt; alumni earnings; timely graduation; and access for low-income students. The focus highlights schools with the highest quality and best financial outcomes.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.
The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies. (cuny.edu)