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Rank: 115

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Established in 1964, John Jay is devoted to fostering careers in criminal justice, forensic psychology, public service, and related fields. It has about 13,000 undergraduates pursuing over 30 majors and 40 minors, the latter of which include addiction studies, fraud examination, homeland security, security management, and fire science. Student reviewers say they can tell their professors truly care about them. In that vein, John Jay works to accommodate veterans, with about 400 currently enrolled. It has a diverse student body featuring people from more than 130 countries. The campus is on Manhattan's West Side, and in 2011 it debuted a tower complete with smart classrooms, labs, and a moot court room. Despite the urban setting, John Jay still fields several teams for sports like basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The mascot is the Bloodhound, and the school's gym is appropriately called the Doghouse. Not into sports? Walk a few blocks and you're at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. Cultural benefits don't end at graduation: As an added bonus, John Jay alumni enjoy discounted Broadway tickets.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Like other institutions in the CUNY system, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is taking a hybrid education approach this fall, with most courses being online-only, with labs and other projects involving research and field study having a mix of in-person and online classes.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$36,000
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$5,000
Average price for low-income students
$2,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
41%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
12,850
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
46%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$10,500
Average salary within 5 years
$42,700
% earning more than $28,000
74%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Like other institutions in the CUNY system, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is taking a hybrid education approach this fall, with most courses being online-only, with labs and other projects involving research and field study having a mix of in-person and online classes.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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