The new college rankings are out, and Hunter’s standing, already high, has risen even higher.
Publishers of such rankings—including U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, Money, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal—found strengths in different aspects of Hunter college, with many recognizing Hunter’s rare synthesis of excellence and affordability: Hunter appears on several “Best Value College” lists, with The Wall Street Journal ranking Hunter #4 in the nation in that category.
In addition to recognizing Hunter as a Best Value School, U.S. News & World Report identified the college as one of the North’s top five public regional universities. Princeton Review—the go-to resource for college guidance—cites Hunter as “the crown jewel of the CUNY system,” naming it not only a “Best Value College” but also placing it on its “Colleges That Create Futures” and “Green Colleges” lists. Hunter was cited across publications for attributes like friendliness towards student veterans, ethnic diversity on campus, high-quality undergraduate teaching, and social mobility among its graduates.
Some publications are particularly exclusive, such as Forbes; its America’s Top Colleges includes just 15 percent of the 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so selection for inclusion is itself an indication that a school meets a high standard. Institutions meeting that standard, Forbes says, “deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt.” Hunter fits that bill.
Likewise, The Princeton Review noted Hunter’s blend of academic excellence, career opportunities, and low-debt, as did the students whom the Review consulted and quoted. Members of the Hunter student body praised the school’s “very affordable price tag and prime location,” remarking on its “great academic programs,” “amazing support systems,” professors who are “passionate about what they teach” and “extremely willing to help outside the classroom.” They also mentioned their fellow classmates, who are of “every culture, religion, race” and most of whom are “very supportive and caring” and strongly “driven to succeed.”