Berkeley College Ranked among Best Regional Colleges in the North and a Top Performer for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Contact: Chanel Donaldson
Senior Associate, Media Relations



Photo Caption: Berkeley College students celebrate the first day of the fall 2021 semester in Woodland Park, NJ, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Berkeley College (NJ) was ranked in the Best Regional Colleges – North and Top Performers on Social Mobility categories as part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of the Best Colleges Survey.

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For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College (NJ) one of the Best Regional Colleges in the North in its 2022 edition of the Best Colleges Survey. Berkeley College (NJ) was also recognized for the first time as a Top Performer on Social Mobility among colleges in the region.

The publication ranked 1,466 colleges and universities nationwide. Berkeley College (NJ) was named No. 32 out of 57 schools on the Best Regional Colleges – North list and No. 29 out of 48 schools on the Best Regional Colleges – North, Top Performers on Social Mobility list. The North region includes colleges from the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. In New Jersey, 16 institutions were acknowledged in the Best Regional Colleges – North and Best Regional Universities – North categories.

U.S. News & World Report evaluates schools on up to 17 measures of academic quality: average six-year graduation rate; average first-year student retention rate; a peer assessment survey of undergraduate academic reputation; faculty resources, like class size, faculty compensation and the student-faculty ratio; financial resources per student, or the average spending per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures; graduation rate performance, a measure of the actual graduation rate compared to predictions; student selectivity, like SAT scores, high school class standing and acceptance rate; social mobility, measured by the graduation rate of students who received federal Pell Grants; graduate indebtedness, which assesses the accumulated average of education loans students have to pay back after graduation; and average alumni giving rate.

“We appreciate being recognized for the special attention and care we give every one of our students. This has been a part of our legacy for 90 years,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We thank U.S. News & World Report for distinguishing the unique qualities of our institution as well as the education and individualized support we provide our students.”

Berkeley College has five campus locations, in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, and in Midtown Manhattan, NY, in addition to serving a global population through Berkeley College Online®. Berkeley has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for eight consecutive years among the Best Colleges in the nation for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans, in addition to receiving a distinction as a Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program – Business in 2021. In 2017, Berkeley College (NY) ranked in the top 1% and Berkeley College (NJ) ranked in the top 4% in the Overall Mobility Index, Equality of Opportunity Project.

Berkeley College celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021. The theme commemorating this milestone is “Empowering Lives for 90 Years!” Visit the 90th Anniversary webpage for more information.

About Berkeley College
Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

Berkeley College has campuses in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park, NJ, and in Midtown Manhattan, NY, with more than 4,900 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for eight consecutive years. The website address is

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.


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