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John Jay Ranked Top 10 for Public Colleges, Least Debt and Social Mobility by US News & World Report

September 2022--John Jay College was ranked #10 for regional public college#8 for social mobility#3 for least debt, #7 for ethnic diversity, and #10 for economic diversity by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings. 


The rankings evaluated 1,500 colleges and universities in 17 areas to produce the lists. The social mobility score is based on the graduation rate of students who receive federal Pell Grants, and how that compares to non-Pell recipients. Pell Grants are typically distributed to students from households earning less than $50,000 annually. The economic diversity measure is based on the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.


“I’m extremely proud of John Jay’s rankings as it reflects our success in providing an outstanding, accessible, and affordable education for all,” said John Jay College President Karol V. Mason. “Our top scores in critical measures such as student debt, social mobility and student diversity are evidence of our commitment to advancing justice and the fulfillment of our promise that education is a gateway to a better future.” 


John Jay’s high social mobility and low debt score confirms the ability to provide students with a solid return on their investment by helping them ascend to the middle class with little to no student loan debt. The high ethnic and economic diversity rankings are proof of the College’s commitment to educating traditionally underrepresented groups and increasing diversity in the workplace.


Earlier this year, U.S. News also ranked John Jay in the Top 30 for two specializations in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration.