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Baruch College Earns Two National #1 Rankings for Social Mobility

Third Consecutive Year in Top Spot on CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index

NEW YORK, NY – October 24, 2017 – CollegeNET and The Chronicle of Higher Education both named Baruch College top in the nation on their respective social mobility analyses.

In College NET’s 2017 Social Mobility Index (SMI), released today, Baruch was listed #1 for the third consecutive year among more than 1,300 colleges nationwide. Last week, The Chronicle released its ranking of colleges with the highest student-mobility rates, placing Baruch College #1 among four-year public institutions in the U.S.

CollegeNET: Economic Opportunity a Top Priority

CollegeNET’s SMI is a data-driven analysis that ranks four-year colleges and universities “according to how effective they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into good-paying jobs.” The annual index was designed to help redirect the attribution of “prestige” in the nation’s 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,” said Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET, who added that advancing economic opportunity is more pressing than any other social, political, or economic problem in the nation.

Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein said “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.”

For more information about CollegeNET, the purpose of the SMI, and its methodology, go here.

WATCH: Video clip of Baruch’s third consecutive #1 ranking.

In March 2017, CollegeNET named Baruch College a Social Mobility Innovator for 2017. In its widely publicized announcement, CollegeNET noted that “Baruch offers low-income students a supportive start-to-finish program that makes college affordable, advances economic opportunity and helps restoring the promise of the American Dream.” 

Read more about CollegeNET’s recognition for Baruch College here.

The Chronicle’s List: Data from the Equality of Opportunity Program

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.

Learn about The Chronicle’s list here.

National Recognition Continues to Expand

Baruch College’s #1 rankings in social mobility by CollegeNET and The Chronicle of Higher Education add to the College’s expanding roster of national rankings and recognitions that focus on value, student debt, and return on investment. 

See below for coverage of Baruch College’s most recent recognitions:

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Baruch College among the Best in the North

Princeton Review Names Baruch College as One of the Country’s Best

Forbes Ranks Baruch College among “Best Value Colleges 2017: 300 Schools Worth the Investment

Money Magazine Ranks Baruch College #1 among “Best Public Colleges” and #2 for “Best Colleges for Your Money”

Excelling in Access to Affordable Education and Student Success (U.S. Department of Education)


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