Income Mobility Survey Ranks Berkeley College NY Number 1

Berkeley College (NY) ranked first in its category and number 21 among colleges across the nation in the Overall Mobility Index published by The New York Times in 2017. The Overall Mobility represents the likelihood that a student moved up significantly in income category.

Among the four-year for-profit colleges in the survey, Berkeley students fared best—with 39 percent moving up two or more income quintiles (or fifths of the population). In the survey, Berkeley also placed in the top 1 percent of 2,137 colleges across the nation. This means that nearly four out of ten Berkeley students moved up from the bottom fifth of the income scale to the third or higher, from the second fifth to the fourth or higher, and so on.

Berkeley College President Michael J. Smith spoke of the importance of this recognition. “This study statistically validates and evidences what Berkeley College has been accomplishing for our students by creating value-added educational experiences,” said Mr. Smith. He continued, “We are so proud of all the work our students have undertaken by investing in their futures, the returns on which are being manifested on a daily basis.”

Offering a range of career-focused degree and certificate programs, Berkeley College has received numerous recognitions, including:

  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014-2019 – U.S. News & World Report
  • Best Online Programs for Veterans, 2014-2019 – U.S. News & World Report
  • Return on Investment (ROI – The ROI of a degree from Berkeley College – New York outperformed 96 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in a study by PayScale, Inc.
  • USDLA/Quality Standards Certification, United States Distance Learning Association 


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Source: “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility”, by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, Emmanuel Saez, Nicholas Turner and Danny Yagan, The Equality of Opportunity Project

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