York Among The Best and Most Affordable Public Colleges in the Country

Academic Core building at York College. Photo credit: Greis Torres

By Anslem Joseph

The U.S. News and World Report ranked York College and seven other institutions in the City University of New York among the top 50 public colleges in the country. Three CUNY schools were also ranked in the list of top regional colleges in the Northern U.S.

The report researchers reviewed more than 1,800 universities and colleges nationally and ranked 1,388 of them based on “excellence at first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.”

According to the report, The City College of New York and Queens College tied at 14th place, York College ranked 15th, and Brooklyn College placed 19th. Lehman College was No. 37, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice landed at No. 46.

In the list of top regional colleges in the North, York was No. 34, the New York City College of Technology ranked No. 36, and Medgar Evers College No. 46. The list defines regional colleges as those that focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

“The high ranking of many of our colleges is evidence of our progress in increasing academic momentum and graduation rates and our success in developing cutting-edge strategies to help students achieve their goals,” Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz said in a press release.

CNBC also ranked York in the fourth place on their top 10 list of most affordable small colleges across the United States in the academic year of 2017-2018 in it’s broadcast segment College Game Plan. According to the report, in-state residents pay a low tuition of just $6,330 a year and more than 55 percent of full-time undergraduates attend tuition-free.

“Student Loan Hero,” a website that specializes in helping students pay off their student loans debt, also named York College as one of the most affordable institution in the Northeast on both their top 20 and top 10 lists. The list compares each Northeast college’s tuition fees and debts from the academic years of 2016-2017 or 2017-2018. York College had the lowest average tuition rate of $6,957 and also had the lowest average debt rate of $4,614.

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