By: Shlomit Ebbin  | 

YU Jumps Eight Spots to 68th Place in US News and World Report's 2022 National Rankings

Yeshiva University tied for 68th place in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 national university rankings, released on Monday, Sept. 13, rising eight spots from 76th place in 2021. This was the greatest jump of the top 100 schools included in the report.

This U.S. News report ranks 1,466 colleges and universities based on a variety of factors, in descending order, including graduation rate, peer assessment scores, faculty resources, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving. U.S. News also published reports of Best Value Schools and of Top Performers of Social Mobility, placing YU in 33rd and 297th place, respectively. Last year YU placed in 54th and 256th for those categories. 

YU shared its 68th place with six other universities, including Fordham University, Indiana University—Bloomington, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, University of Massachusetts—Amherst and University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

The Best National University Rankings have been published by U.S. News since 1983. From 1997 to 2016, YU’s ranking on the National Universities report exhibited little variation, wavering between 40th and 52nd place before plummeting to 94th in 2017. In 2018, YU rose to 80th place but then fell again to 97th the following year in the 2020 rankings.

The report provided additional information about the university. Over 63% of classes contain fewer than 20 students, and only 0.8% contain 50 or more. The acceptance rate is 67%, and the four-year graduation rate is 69%. The median starting salary of alumni is $53,600, which is down $1,000 from last year but still remains over $3,000 above the average college graduate starting salaries in the U.S. According to the report, YU met 88% of its students’ financial aid needs.

Additionally, there are 2,017 undergraduate students in total with 53% of them male and 47% female. 40% of students live in on-campus housing. Full-time faculty gender distribution is 58.3% male and 41.7% female, while part-time faculty gender distribution is 50.8% male and 49.2% female. The student-faculty ratio is 7:1. 

Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement Adam Gerdts emailed past donors about this achievement on Sept. 13. “Our ascent in the U.S. News rankings results from numerous benchmarks—from student-faculty ratio and faculty resources to graduation and retention rates to alumni giving—and increases the value of a YU degree,” Gerdts said in his email. “As our philanthropic partners, you make everything that we do possible.”

The first place in the Best National University Ranking is held by Princeton University. Columbia University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are tied for second. 

As of publication, the Wall Street Journal did not yet release its “Best Colleges 2022” report. In its 2021 report, YU was ranked 143rd.

Photo Caption: YU’s U.S. News Rankings since 1997

Photo Credit: Doniel Weinreich