City College ranks among Best Regional Universities for 2016

The City College of New York has maintained its standing as one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse institutions. City College is second among regional universities in the north for ethnic and economic diversity, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings.

Excluding international students, U.S. News factored in the proportion of minority students based on the 2014-2015 academic year student body to establish the diversity index. With 1.0 as the highest mark, the diversity index for City College is 0.73.

City College is one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse schools, and one of the top three in alumni giving among 618 regional universities in the north, according to U.S. News & World Report.

City College is one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse schools, and one of the top three in alumni giving among 618 regional universities in the north, according to U.S. News & World Report.


This makes CCNY’s one of the top schools where students “are most likely to encounter undergraduates from different ethnic groups.” Hispanics, at 32.5%, are the largest ethnic student group at the college. Asian Americans (26%), African-Americans (20%), and Caucasians (20%) are the other major ethnic groups on campus.

Overall, CCNY is ranked #66, and is one of the top three in alumni giving, among 618 Regional Universities in the North. The alumni giving rate is 21%.

The college also scored highly in:

  • Academic excellence—where it is among only one-third of the top 100 institutions scoring 3.0 or higher on a scale of one to five by its peers (presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions); and
  • Retention—Freshman retention rate at City College is 85%;

U.S. News defines regional universities as those providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs and a few doctoral programs. Regional universities are in four categories—North, South, Midwest, and West—because they generally attract students from the surrounding states.