Baruch ranks No. 2 best New York public college


Baruch College

Emanuela Gallo, Editor-in-Chief

Baruch College ranked second  in New York and third in the northeast region among public universities in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 list.

It ranked No. 14 among 181 northern public and private schools, placing it in the top eighth percentile. It increased from last year’s ranking, which placed Baruch at No. 16.

“These rankings demonstrate that Baruch is where aspiration and ambition connect with opportunity,” Baruch President S. David Wu said. “Located in a global capital with unparalleled access to top organizations and enterprises, we empower students to pursue and accelerate their dreams, enabling them to transform their future, their professions, and their communities.”

Baruch’s No. 3 ranking made it the highest-ranked CUNY college on the best regional public schools list, with Hunter College closely following at No. 5. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Queens College and Brooklyn College ranked No. 10, No. 13 and No. 14, respectively.

Baruch placed No.1 in the social mobility category, increasing one position from last year. This ranking is determined by Pell Grant recipients’ graduation rates.

Five other CUNY colleges also ranked high in social mobility, with Hunter at No. 3 and the others in the top 12.

In the campus racial and ethnic diversity category, Baruch rose three positions from last year and ranked second among regional universities in the north.

Baruch placed No. 6 among schools whose students graduated with the least debt. The U.S. News and World Report used loan data owned by the U.S. Department of Education.

It placed Baruch at No. 11 on its list of most innovative schools in the north. It was based on improvements in curriculum, campus life, faculty, students, technology and facilities.

Baruch tied for No. 13 in economic diversity among the best regional universities in the north. Data indicated that 54% of Baruch undergraduates receive Pell Grants. It increased 14 positions from last year.

“The newest rankings from U.S. News & World Report are particularly special this year, as they affirm our resilient comeback from the pandemic and CUNY’s continuation of providing an excellent, high-quality and affordable education for our diverse students,” CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez said.

City College achieved national recognition, ranking No. 151 among national universities and No. 72 among the nation’stop public schools.

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Hunter, Lehman College, York College and College of Staten Island on its list for best undergraduate nursing programs in the nation.

Three CUNY colleges — City College, Brooklyn College and Hunter — were placed on the list for best undergraduate computer science programs nationally.

Hunter, Queens and Brooklyn were ranked among the best north regional universities for veterans.

“We are proud to lead the way among the nation’s top universities as drivers of transformative change in higher education,” Matos Rodríguez said. “We remain devoted to paving a path towards social mobility for first-generation college students, immigrants and other historically underserved groups.”