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Baruch College among Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck-Northeast" Colleges

  Ranking Focuses on Social Mobility and Affordability

New York, NY – September 13, 2017- Baruch College placed #21 out of a list of 245 schools on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking of colleges and universities in the Northeast. The high ranking puts Baruch ahead of such universities as Columbia, Rochester, Syracuse, among others.

Baruch also received top rankings in three key categories:

  • #1 in First-Generation Performance
  • #4 Pell Performance (Pell Grant recipients)
  • #10 Net Price

According to Washington Monthly, the performance rankings are calculated by looking at the predicted and actual admission rates and ACT/SAT scores of first-generation and Pell Grant students. Baruch College performed better than what was expected from institutions with similar admission rates and scores.

Focusing on Affordability and Social Mobility

In its “Best for the Buck” ranking, Washington Monthly highlights “schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”  According to the website, it rates “schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

Baruch College has been consistently recognized for its value for students. This year alone, The Princeton Review ranked Baruch on its “Colleges that Pay You Back: The 200 Schools that Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck” and Forbes on its “Best Value Colleges 2017” rankings.

In addition, the College continually receives top national rankings on a growing roster of social mobility indices. For the second consecutive year, Baruch College ranked #1 out of more than 900 colleges in CollegeNET’s annual Social Mobility Index, and was named a “Social Mobility Innovator for 2017” by the organization.

The New York Times highlighted Baruch College’s social mobility success in its coverage of the most comprehensive, big data study yet conducted that analyzed the highest upward mobility rates of colleges across the country. Poets & Quants recently featured the Zicklin School of Business as “A Business School Where the American Dream is Alive and Well.”  In March 2016, the Obama administration named Baruch as one of the best schools in the country for graduating low-income students. See Washington Post coverage here.


For more information on Washington Monthly’s rankings and methodology, see here.



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