UAlbany Ranked Among Leaders in Social Mobility by U.S. News

UAlbany is listed among the nation's leaders for social mobility in a new U.S. News and World Report ranking.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2019) – UAlbany is among the nation’s top universities in advancing social mobility, according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings, released last week.

The new ranking measures how well universities graduate students who received federal Pell Grants, which, according to U.S. News, are typically awarded to students who come from households that earn less than $50,000 annually.

UAlbany tied for No. 27 nationally – within the 7th percentile – and was fourth in New York.

“At UAlbany, we are not only committed to preparing tomorrow’s leaders and global citizens, but also to creating pathways to excellence for first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities,” said President Havidán Rodríguez. “We are very pleased to be recognized as a leader in social mobility. UAlbany’s focus on student success and educating engaged global citizens is critical to our mission and is reflected in these national rankings.”

UAlbany welcomed nearly 5,700 new Great Danes to campus this semester, including some 2,700 freshmen, who together make up one of the most academically accomplished and diverse classes in school history. About 40 percent of the Class of 2023 come from underrepresented groups.

In 2017-18, 5,594 UAlbany students received Pell Grants; 8,642 received some form of financial aid.

This new ranking adds to UAlbany’s growing number of national accolades that focus on colleges and universities serving economically disadvantaged students. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked UAlbany among its top 50 national universities, with a notably high score in the category of social mobility. The New York Times has also listed UAlbany among the nation’s top 20 selective public colleges for offering students who come from poverty the greatest opportunity to achieve wealth in adulthood.

Other notable UAlbany placements in the U.S. News 2020 rankings include No. 68 in top public schools, No. 113 in best value schools and No. 147 in national universities.

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