U.S. News & World Report recently released its rankings for 2024’s Best Online Programs, and the College of Staten Island has once again landed as a top college in a variety of categories, including a Top 10 national ranking in Borrower debt for the second year in a row. The rankings underscore the quality of education that CSI provides to its students online, but also the College’s affordability.

Two areas where CSI stands out in the rankings involve faculty. The percentage of faculty who are full-time ranking went up 18% over 2023. In addition, the student-to-faculty ratio rank increased by 8% from last year. Both rankings are in the Top 15% of more than 1,500 colleges evaluated.

Other areas where CSI ranked among the nation’s top programs are in financial aid. The College’s financial resources rank saw a 3% increase, while CSI’s Pell Grant graduation rate saw growth of 31%. CSI continues to rank in the Top 100 nationally in Pell Grant comparative graduation rate rank as well.

In addition, the College’s highest rankings were in three other categories, placing No. 21 overall in faculty salary rank, an identical No. 21 ranking in graduation rate performance, and a Top 10 national finish for the second-straight year (No. 8) in borrower debt rank. The rankings help underscore the College’s position as a best-value college for both in-person and online student communities.

“Rankings such as those shared in the recent U.S. News & World Report demonstrate the high-quality and affordable education that one can receive from CSI,” said CSI President Dr. Timothy G. Lynch. “We are proud of these metrics and even more so, of the recognition that we provide access to transformational education for students, whether they are taking courses in person or online.”

U.S. News evaluated nearly 1,500 U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on as many as 19 measures for its 39th rankings edition. These measures, according to U.S. News “reflect academic quality and graduate outcomes – factors that are universally important to prospective students. But also important are considerations that vary person-to-person, like campus culture, strength in specific majors and financial aid offered. To account for this, U.S. News supplements its overall rankings with specialized subject and cost-oriented rankings, customizable search tools, education journalism, and a detailed school directory with exclusive academic and nonacademic information.”