BC gets award for a top college

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, QUEENS COLLEGE AND BARUCH COLLEGE NAMED NATION’S TOP THREE “BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK” SCHOOLS, The University from BC mail.
The top three “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the nation are colleges of The City University of New York, according to the Washington Monthly magazine.
The magazine’s 2014 survey ranked Brooklyn College number one in the nation. Queens College and Baruch College placed second and third place nationally.
“The CUNY schools are legendary for having educated wave after wave of first-generation students, many from immigrant backgrounds, from Jonas Salk to Jennifer Lopez.
CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said, “With a world-class faculty, low tuition, new facilities, and a well-earned reputation with employers, graduate and professional schools, CUNY students and their families are well-aware of the extraordinary opportunity they enjoy.”
Nearly six out of 10 full-time undergraduate students attend tuition-free, thanks to federal and state aid that fully cover CUNY’s exceptionally low tuition. And, while students and their families nationally are struggling with more than $1 trillion in student loans, 80 percent of CUNY’s graduates who move into the workforce leave debt-free.
Washington Monthly analyzed 1,540 U.S. colleges and to make the cut, colleges met four criteria:
 Actual graduation rates that met or exceeded the rate that would be predicted given the number of lower-income students admitted.   A student loan-default rate at or under 10 percent, to ensure that graduates earn enough in the workforce to cover their student loans.  At least 20 percent of students received federal Pell Grants, which go to students of modest means, typically with household incomes below $50,000.  At least a 50 percent graduation rate, “hardly an exacting standard, but a fair one considering that we’re requiring that a fifth of their student body have lower incomes.”
For the complete list with details, see http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-2014/best-bang-for-buck-all-schools-rank.php.  

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