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Baruch College Provides "Best Bang for the Buck" In Northeast Region, Says Washington Monthly, Calling the School an "Urban Gem"

Baruch Moves from #3 to #1

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NEW YORK, NY -- August 25, 2015 -- In its September/October issue, Washington Monthly says that Baruch College ranks #1 in providing the “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Northeast region of the United States.

In a national news release announcing the new issue, the magazine described Baruch as an “urban gem”:

“Washington Monthly also rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Schools that do well on this unique "Best Bang for the Buck" ranking range from well-known flagships like Ohio State and University of Washington-Seattle to urban gems like City University of New York's Bernard Baruch College to smaller, regional institutions, like historically black Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Berea College in Kentucky. But many brand-name colleges, especially high-priced private schools, fare poorly on the list.”

In addition to the Best Bang for the Buck ranking, the magazine also published lists of the top schools in the country 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).” These rankings were divided into four categories: National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Master’s Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges. On the Master’s Universities list, Baruch ranked 123rd out of 673 schools.

Baruch regularly scores well on rankings that focus on affordability and value provided. For example, just ranked Baruch among the “15 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees” in three disciplines: Entrepreneurship (#3), Marketing (#8) and Economics (#11). In early August, Forbes ranked Baruch #14 on its list of “25 Best Value Schools.” Earlier this year, Baruch placed 39th on a list of “50 Most Affordable Healthcare MBA Degree Programs” Late last year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Baruch #38 among public “Best Value Colleges.”

The magazine previously published a version of the data in book form, The Other College Guide. The book also singled out Baruch in other ways, ranking the school 26th on a list of “Affordable Elite” schools, and profiling the college in as one of 50 unranked “Great but Overlooked Schools.”



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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