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Mount Saint Vincent Leads Chronicle of Higher Education Rankings for Social Mobility


First in the nation for two of three categories of student success, top five in all three

Riverdale, N.Y. – Once again, the University of Mount Saint Vincent has been recognized among the best institutions in the U.S. for social mobility.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac 2018—a yearly roundup of major stories and research in the world of higher education—has highlighted the College’s success in propelling low-income students into the middle class and beyond.

The Chronicle’s feature, “Colleges With the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014,” showcases Mount Saint Vincent as first in the nation among four-year private colleges in two of three social mobility categories: children from the bottom 20 percent of household income who reached the top 20 percent, as well as median child earnings. The data indicated that 62.6 percent of Mount students from the bottom who reached the top percentile earned nearly $70,000 in 2014. The report also noted Mount Saint Vincent as fourth among four-year private nonprofit institutions, with a social mobility rate of 5.8 percent.

The article pulls data from the comprehensive study on student economic mobility conducted by UC Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury—the same study that ranked Mount Saint Vincent third among 578 selective independent colleges and universities nationwide. Mobility rates are a measure of the percentage of all students at a particular college whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent for household income, and who reached the top 20 percent for individual earnings.

The Chronicle’s rankings were compiled from “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” the widely reported study that assessed colleges’ impact on social mobility.

About the University of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the University of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.