John Jay College Ranks Among Top Public Colleges Again in 2018

John Jay College Ranks Among Top Public Colleges Again in 2018

John Jay College Ranks Among Top Public Colleges Again in 2018

John Jay College is ranked among the top public schools in the country by several publications in 2018, reaffirming our position as a leader in providing access to quality education at an affordable price, and in propelling low-income students into the middle class.

In this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, John Jay College was among the Top 50 Public Schools in the North, coming in at #46. John Jay also featured in the Ethnic Diversity listing with a Diversity “index” of 0.70 (with 1.0 as highest) and Hispanics at 44%. US News altered their ranking criteria this year to include indicators to measure success in promoting social mobility – an area where John Jay and CUNY are recognized as national leaders.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s rankings of Colleges with the Highest Student-Mobility Rates placed John Jay College at the #5 spot. Eight of the top 11 were CUNY colleges, showing CUNY’s dominance as an engine of social mobility. The Chronicle’s list was based on “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” the highly respected study led by Stanford University economics professor Raj Chetty.

Money Magazine’s list of Best Colleges for Your Money 2018 included John Jay College in the top quarter of the more than 700 schools ranked in the nation. Along with using measures of educational quality, affordability and alumni success, Money magazine also factored in the social mobility rate developed by Professor Chetty. The College was also included in the middle of over 300 colleges in the Forbes list of America’s Best Value Colleges. placed John Jay College among the Top 10 Best Online Colleges in New York for 2018. The website partners with to provide college information and their rankings are intended to “inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost.”

College Consensus included John Jay among the “100 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities for 2018” at #34. The online publication bills itself as a new college review aggregator that combines results from key college rankings and student reviews.

Earlier this year, CollegeChoice.Net ranked John Jay College #1 in best undergraduate degree in criminal justice in the country. Out of 35 public and private institutions, John Jay emerged as the leader in criminology education, making it one of the “absolute best” places for students to pursue a Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science degree.

In a different list compiled by CollegeChoice.Net, John Jay was also recognized for its undergraduate Forensic Science program with a #28 ranking. Academic reputation, retention rates, affordability, and early salaries of graduates were factored into both rankings.

Previously, John Jay was ranked one of the most diverse schools in the Northeast by the Wall Street Journal. The College is a federally designated Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) as well as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). With a student body that represents more than 130 nationalities, the campus is an inclusive place to study justice issues through an intersectional lens.

John Jay was also ranked as #12 on College Choice’s Best Colleges for Veterans  national list, where it was lauded for a curriculum “that focuses specifically on the interests and needs of student veterans and military students.” In recognition of its programming, services, and career opportunities to prepare its student veterans for life after the military, the College is also a Best for Vets higher education institution, and was designated a “Military Friendly” institution.


About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 
An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @JohnJayCollege.