St. John’s University Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

St. John's in the fall
September 14, 2020

In the just-released Best Colleges 2021 Guidebook by U.S. News & World Report, St. John’s University advanced to #170 on the list of National Universities (up from #179 in 2020) and garnered accolades for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” “Best Value Schools,” “Best Colleges for Veterans” and “Best Undergraduate Insurance Programs.”  

The University is now ranked #39 for “Top Performers on Social Mobility” (of national universities), jumped to #157 in “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” (up from #167), advanced to #124 for “Best Colleges for Veterans” (up from #133), is ranked #142 on the list of “Best Value Schools” and has the #7 ranked “Best Undergraduate Insurance Programs” (up from #11) in the country in The Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science.

According to U.S. News & World Report, “The 2021 edition assesses 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. The data used in these rankings pertain to Fall 2019 and earlier.”

“The external recognition by U.S. News & World Report serves to validate and motivate,” remarked Simon G. Møller, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“The rankings validate our ongoing efforts to ensure student success and motivate us all to forge ahead on an upward trajectory of academic excellence and opportunity.”

The rankings for the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” are based solely on the judgment of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions. According to Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D., Dean of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Joseph H. and Maria C. Schwartz Distinguished Chair, and Professor of Decision Sciences, the increase in student academic metrics, job placement, and faculty scholarship have all helped to promote the brand name of Tobin.

“At Tobin, we recruit and retain motivated students to an academic experience that is entrepreneurial and experiential—and they are mentored by talented faculty committed to guiding the next generation of business professionals.”

Students wearing masks in a classroom looking at a screen with a professor teaching

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News published a distinct social mobility ranking for all ranked schools. Ranked #39 overall, St. John’s University is the foremost Catholic university on the list. The social mobility ranking measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. Students receiving these grants typically come from households whose annual family incomes are less than $50,000.

“Social mobility may be a somewhat new consideration when it comes to college rankings, but it has been the measure of the founding and enduring mission of St. John’s University for 150 years,” stated Rev. Bernard M. Tracey, C.M. ’70C, Executive Vice President for Mission.

The Best Colleges 2021 Guidebook, available for preorder, will start shipping in early October and will be available in bookstores on October 27.