St. John’s University continued to rise in the U.S. News & World Report education rankings of the nation’s top universities. Helped by a significant gain in the ranking of its undergraduate business programs, the University improved to an overall ranking of 163rd among participating institutions.
The organization’s 2024 rankings, compiled from statistical data received in summer 2023, were released on September 18. St. John’s improved its overall ranking by two positions from a year ago and by 16 positions since the 2020 rankings.
Undergraduate business programs at The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, which include bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and more, improved to 135th nationally in 2024, a jump of 29 positions from 2023. The University’s Insurance programs, offered at the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, which is housed in Tobin, was ranked ninth among national programs, tops among schools in New York State.
U.S. News & World Report also recognized St. John’s as a top performer in social mobility, a measure of how well colleges enroll and graduate low-income students, bringing them closer to achieving the American Dream. St. John’s ranked 42nd in social mobility among national universities, tops among Catholic colleges in New York State and fifth overall among New York schools.
St. John’s also ranked 113th nationally in the organization’s survey of the best schools for veterans and active-duty military members. In 2022 and 2023, the University was named a Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY, a Pennsylvania-based company that connects newly separated members of the armed forces with professional and educational opportunities.
U.S. News evaluated four-year, bachelor’s degree-granting institutions in as many as 19 areas of academic quality, including graduate outcomes, campus culture, strength in specific majors, and financial aid offered.
The organization made refinements to the 2024 rankings formula, dropping some longtime considerations such as class sizes, and modifying others. Among those factors gaining enhanced emphasis was a college’s success in graduating students who are the first in their families to attend college.