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Rank: 53

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. At about 47%, the graduation rate is slightly lower than the national median, but 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$35,400
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$5,200
Average price for low-income students
$1,580
admissions
Acceptance rate
39%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
12,426
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
47%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$10,000
Average salary within 3 years
$44,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
May 31

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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