Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey Ranked Among Top Colleges Nationwide for Overall Income Mobility

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A study on income mobility published by The Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard University ranked Berkeley College New York in the top 1 percent of 2,137 colleges across the nation for overall income mobility, at No. 21

Berkeley College is ranked ninth among 158 colleges in New York State, and fifth of 49 colleges in New Jersey. 

The study, titled, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” provides an analysis of “colleges in America that contribute the most to helping (students) climb the income ladder.” According to the study, which looks at access and outcomes, 39 percent of students at Berkeley College moved up two or more quintiles in their income. Click here to view the executive summary of the report.

“For many years Berkeley College has served as an institution that provides the environment and rigor for students to succeed in a dynamic universe. 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.”

To read stories about Berkeley College students and graduates who are furthering their careers (including Jeison Martinez, pictured above, and Paul Sucec), click here.

While national efforts have included expanding access of low-income students to elite colleges and universities, the authors of the study state: “Although these highly selective colleges have excellent outcomes, expanding access to the high-mobility-rate colleges identified here (in the study) may provide a more scalable model for increasing upward mobility for large numbers” of students. Mobility rate is defined as the percentage of students who come from a family in the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth of the income distribution.

The income mobility study was recently published in “The Upshot” column in The New York Times, which reported on economic diversity and student outcomes.  “The Upshot” is a New York Times website with analysis and data visualizations about politics, policy and everyday life.

To see the listing of Berkeley College New York in “The Upshot,” click here. For the listing on Berkeley College in New Jersey, which was ranked among the top 4 percent of colleges nationwide for overall mobility, at No. 86, click here.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, 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. The website address is

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