Stockton 7th In U.S. News Public College North Rankings
For the third year in a row, Stockton is ranked 7th among the 61 public colleges and universities in the Best Regional Universities-North and is 34th among all 171 public and private universities included in the regional ranking.
Stockton continues to rise in the regional listing of Best Colleges for Veterans, ranking 10th this year, up from 15th last year and 18th the year before.
Stockton, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of teaching in 2021-22, is also among 20 universities and colleges in the North that achieved recognition as Most Innovative Schools. These are schools identified by other college presidents, provosts and deans as making the most innovative improvements toward curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.
The university also continues to be included among the regional Best Value Colleges, and as a Top Performer on Social Mobility, which is based on enrolling and graduating low-income students.
Stockton programs also address emerging fields, including Cannabis Studies and Sustainability.
Stockton president Harvey Kesselman said the recognition reflects Stockton’s mission of providing a quality education that is both affordable and accessible to a diverse population of students.
He cited the new Stockton Promise initiative that helps lower-income students get free tuition and fees, and enhanced Student Services programs that help students take advantage of all of the opportunities college has to offer in and beyond the classroom, including internships, research and travel.
“We know that families are facing more challenges than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we do not want financial or family considerations to be a barrier for anyone who wants to attend college,” Kesselman said. “Our goal is not to just provide the opportunity to attend college, but also to ensure our students grow, succeed and become active citizens in their communities.”
Stockton was also included this year in The Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges,” the Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” listing, and Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges.”
The university’s two campuses, in the Pinelands National Reserve and on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, offer students opportunities to live and learn in two distinct environments.
The university has an Office of Military and Veterans Services, veterans lounge and active Student Veterans Organization, a Women’s Gender and Sexuality Center, and more than 200 clubs and organizations that reflect the diverse interests of the student body.