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October 24, 2017

Baruch Earns Two National #1 Rankings for Social Mobility 

 CollegeNET announced today that Baruch College ranks #1 in its 2017 Social Mobility Index (SMI), among more than 1,300 schools nationwide. This marks the third consecutive year Baruch has garnered the top slot.

And on Friday, October 20, The Chronicle of Higher Education released its list of colleges with the highest student-mobility rates. On that list, Baruch College also ranks #1 among four-year public institutions in the U.S.


CollegeNET’s SMI index was designed to help redirect the attribution of “prestige” in our higher education system toward colleges that are solving the major problems of our time. “Unlike other college rankings that are aimed primarily at helping students select a college, the SMI helps policymakers determine which colleges are addressing the national problem of economic mobility,” says Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET, who says advancing economic opportunity is more pressing than any other social, political, or economic problem in the nation.

CollegeNET’s press release announcing the 2017 Social Mobility Index is being picked up by media outlets across the country. It features the following statement from Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein: “Institutions of higher education need to consider the whole student and offer personalized training in soft skills, workplace dynamics, internship and job hunting, follow-up protocols, and professional correspondence. Baruch has had such career services and mentorship opportunities in place for decades, and they truly do help propel students into their first jobs and beyond.”

Read CollegeNET’s press release here.

Watch and share a clip of Baruch’s third consecutive #1 ranking.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

To name Baruch #1 among four-year public institutions in the United States, The Chronicle analyzed data from the Equality of Opportunity Project’s comprehensive study on college graduate outcomes. The most in-depth research of its kind to date, the project amassed data from numerous sources to produce the data warehouse called Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility. The Chronicle used this extensive material—which included anonymous tax filings and financial aid records—to derive its current rankings.

Baruch led the charge for six other CUNY colleges on The Chronicle list and three on the CollegeNET ranking. Congratulations to all!

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