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Berkeley College NY Ranks Number 1 in Income Mobility



In a recent survey published by The New York Times, Berkeley College (NY) ranked first in its category and number 21 among colleges across the nation in the Overall Mobility Index, which represents the likelihood that a student moved up two or more income quintiles.

Berkeley students fared best among the four-year for-profit colleges in the survey—with 39 percent moving up two or more income quintiles (or fifths of the population). The survey also places Berkeley in the top 1 percent of the 2,137 colleges across the nation. In other words, 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.

“This study statistically validates and evidences what Berkeley College has been accomplishing for our students by creating value-added educational experiences,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “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.”

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