August 26, 2015
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Four CUNY Colleges Ranked Highest as "Best Bang For the Buck" in the Northeast

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces Four CUNY Colleges...

Baruch College, Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Queens College Among Top Five


Governor Cuomo announced that four out of the top five “Best Bang for the Buck” four-year colleges in the Northeast are City University of New York colleges, according to new rankings by the Washington Monthly.

"New York has a long and proud tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education through our public colleges and universities," Governor Cuomo said. "This latest ranking further emphasizes the value of earning a degree right here in New York and I am proud of these CUNY campuses and this well-deserved recognition."

The magazine’s 2015 rankings place Baruch College as first in the Northeast in value, followed by CUNY’s Lehman College in third place, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in fourth and Queens College in fifth. (Rutgers University-Camden took second place.) The magazine’s rankings also place two CUNY campuses in the top 40, with CUNY’s Brooklyn College at 26th and City College at 27th among 402 colleges in the Northeast.

Among master’s programs, the Washington Monthly’s top 100 included CUNY’s City College (34), Brooklyn College (55), Hunter College (64), Queens College (81) and Lehman College (99) among the 673 it considered.

According to The Washington Monthly, the 2015 rankings rate “four-year colleges in America on three measures that would make the whole system better, if only schools would compete on them.” These criteria assess “their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: (1) social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), (2) research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and (3) service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

These are different criteria from those the magazine used last year in a ranking that placed three CUNY campuses – Brooklyn, Queens and Baruch, in that order – as offering the “best bang for the buck” in the nation. The magazine summed up its 2014 survey criteria as doing “the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

The 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck” listings can be found here

The rankings take into account data on student loan default rate; graduation rate; students receiving federal Pell tuition assistance grants; net price for all students, net price for students with annual family incomes under $30,000, between $30,000 and $75,000, and above $75,000; percentage of applicants admitted and test scores.

About The City University of New York:

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves more than 274,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via, the University’s website.

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