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September 14, 2020

St. Francis College Takes Top Spots in u.s. News & World Report's Latest College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Region North

St. Francis College once again earned top spots on U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings, a testament to its academic excellence and affordability.

St. Francis College ranked 13th out of 57 institutions in its category of Northern Regional Colleges, and placed in the top 10 in its category on the following lists:

  • Best Colleges for Veterans (#5): Indicating SFC's effective participation in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
  • Best Value Schools (#8): Reflecting SFC's strong academics coupled with its modest average net cost per student. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.

Additionally, confirming SFC's commitment to nurturing a student body from a range of backgrounds, US News calculated that SFC has the second highest Campus Ethnic Diversity Index (tied) in its category, a score based on the likelihood that two randomly chosen students from one institution are of different races or ethnic groups.

"We're thrilled to once again have the hard work of our administration, faculty and staff – and the passion and ambitions of our incredible student body – recognized by U.S. News in this prestigious study," said Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D., President of St. Francis College. "The rankings confirm what our students, alumni and their families know: our personalized educational environment welcomes students from every background and promotes a rigorous academic curriculum that allows them all to achieve their dreams."

St. Francis College has a long history of providing an affordable private education, with 96 percent of its student body receiving institutional aid averaging more than $10,000 per student.*

The College's student body reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of New York City and beyond. Twenty-six percent of its enrolled students in fall 2019 self-identifiedas Hispanic, and 22 percent as Black. The rest include those who self-identify as White (30 percent), Asian (5 percent) and Multi-Racial (3 percent).

SFC has bolstered its support of students with military experience in recent years, too. It is a designated Military Friendly® School, a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and, along with the New York City Department of Education, last year launched New York State's only chapter of Troops to Teachers, a federal program that helps military members and veterans transition to K-12 teaching jobs.

"The pandemic has affected students across the country, canceling commencement ceremonies and switching classes from in person to remote," said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, in a press release. "Whether students have slightly altered their college plans or changed them entirely, it remains our mission to continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them."

U.S. News assessed 1,452 bachelor's-degree granting colleges and universities for the 36th edition of the rankings, which were unveiled today. The study groups schools into 10 different categories based on their academic missions and, in some cases,geography. The Regional Colleges North category includes SFC and other schools that are in Northeastern United States, focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Some of the institutions in the category predominantly award two-year associate degrees. For more about the study categories and methodology, visit

*Data from 2018-19 academic year

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