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Baruch Colleges Places #1 for Value Among Public Institutions, Says Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Baruch College is the best public college in the nation for value, according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Rankings 2021.

Baruch claimed the #1 slot when compared to 340 public U.S. colleges and universities. Among nearly 800 private and public schools across the country, Baruch ranked #2—right behind Berea College, a private institution that charges no tuition.

Baruch also earned a high score in the environment—or diversity—category ranking at #13. This subset ranking focuses on the collegiate environment—specifically the racial and ethnic diversity of students and faculty, the percentage of undergraduates awarded need-based student aid, and the percentage of international students. At Baruch College, the student body represents 168 countries and speaks more than 100 languages.

This is the fifth year WSJ/THE published their college rankings, which “puts student success and learning at its heart.”


  • #1 best value among 340 public institutions in U.S.
  • #2 best value among top 250 public and private institutions in U.S.
  • #13 in environment (diversity) category among 797 public and private institutions in U.S.
  • #6 among New York State public colleges
  • #29 among public and private New York State institutions
  • #14 among 83 public colleges in the Northeast region
  • #66 among the 340 public institutions
  • #248 overall ranking among 797 public and private institutions

National Reputation: Excellence and ROI

In the last few months alone, Baruch has earned nationwide recognition for its high-quality academic programs, and successfully advancing students to career success:

Take a Virtual Tour: Visit Baruch College and its three schools—Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and Zicklin School of Business—via its virtual tour.


WSJ/THE uses the following four categories to determine its rankings: student outcomes, including graduates’ salaries and debt; academic resources, including how much the college spends on teaching; student engagement, including whether students feel prepared to use their education in the real world; and learning environment, including the diversity of the student body and academic staff. Data comes from the U.S. government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the College Scorecard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the THE U.S. Student Survey, the THE Academic Survey, and the Elsevier bibliometric dataset. A full explanation of the methodology is available here.

To calculate this ranking, WSJ/THE measures the best value among the top 250 schools by dividing each institution’s overall score by its net price. 

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(Story published on 9/21/20)

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