Brooklyn College was named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, according to The Princeton Review® 2021 edition of The Best 386 Colleges. Brooklyn College was one of a dozen New York City colleges that were highlighted, joining 45 colleges throughout the state of New York.

“We salute Brooklyn College for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges. The education services company surveyed 143,000 students nationwide about their school’s academics, campus life, and student body.

In the profile, Brooklyn College was praised for its rigorous academic standards. Students called the CUNY senior college “the perfect representative of Brooklyn as a borough and [of] success in the community,” and an institution that, like its home borough, “educates its students in an environment that reflects diversity, opportunity (study abroad, research, athletics, employment), and support.”

“This national ranking is the latest affirmation that Brooklyn College is committed to offering an excellent educational experience to its diverse student body,” Brooklyn College President Michelle J. Anderson said. “Brooklyn College is an exceptional choice for any undergraduate or graduate student looking for a great academic challenge.”

The Princeton Review also cited the success of the college’s Magner Career Center, which provides students the knowledge, skills, values, and opportunities that are essential to fulfilling their career aspirations and succeeding in today’s competitive global economy.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book from 1 to 386. Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of top 20 schools in various categories important to prospective applicants and their parents. The guidebook profiles 14 percent of 2,800 four-year colleges in the United States. Learn more about the methodology and rankings.

As the fall semester approached, Brooklyn College received more accolades when Business Insider examined which 24 U.S. colleges provided the best return on students’ investment based on earnings and cost data, and ranked the college at number 11.

Business Insider used the most recent available data from the Department of Education’s Scorecard that includes such figures as cost of tuition, enrollment, and student debt, and created a ratio of median earnings from 10 years after first attending college to the average cost of attendance. also highlighted schools that best combine quality and affordability in its “Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value” list, and Brooklyn College made that list at number 164.

Some other recent recognitions Brooklyn College has earned include:

  • Among 200 Best Value Colleges in the United States—Princeton Review, 2020
  • Top 40 Best Colleges for Your Money in the United States—Money, 2019
  • 100 Best Value Colleges in the United States—Forbes, 2019
  • The #1 most ethnically diverse U.S. college in the north—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Best Value Colleges in the United States—Princeton Review, 2019
  • Top 15 U.S. colleges in the north with the best undergraduate teaching program—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Top 20 U.S. public colleges in the north—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Top 10 Four-year Public Institutions for Student-mobility Rates—Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018
  • Top Colleges in New York State—Princeton Review, 2018
  • Best Value Colleges—Forbes, 2018