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John Jay Ranked #2 for Criminal Justice Nationwide

John Jay College was ranked #2 in the nation for criminal justice, #5  for best public college in New York, and 11th for best Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in the nation by Niche, which based its rankings on a rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of student reviews.


John Jay’s top marks as a public college and for criminal justice are proof it delivers on its mission to provide students with a world-class education in justice at a fraction of the cost of comparable private colleges. Click hereto learn more about tuition and financial aid at John Jay.


For an institution to be categorized as an HSI, Hispanic students must account for at least 25% of the student body. John Jay’s Fall 2021 undergraduate student body was 41% Hispanic. The College is committed to ensuring access to education for members of historically under-resourced communities, and provides unique support to Dreamers and immigrant students.


In addition to Niche, US News & World Report recently ranked John Jay #10 for regional public college, #8 for social mobility, #3 for least debt, #7 for ethnic diversity, and #10 for economic diversity in their 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings.  U.S. News also ranked John Jay in the Top 30 for two specializations in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration. John Jay’s criminal justice program was also ranked in the top ten by DegreeChoices and