John Jay College Named In Top 100 Colleges For Hispanic Students

October 22, 2021

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (just minutes from Harlem) was ranked #1 in the nation by Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine for enrolling the most Latinx students.

John Jay received the ranking for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services Degrees. The magazine also ranked John Jay College #37 in its annual Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list for total bachelor’s degrees granted to Latinx students in 2019-2020 – the highest ranking among CUNY colleges.

John Jay ranked #65 in total enrollment of Latinx students. The magazine’s rankings are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

“After a pandemic year marked by unprecedented challenges—particularly for Latinx students—John Jay is especially honored to be ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities for Hispanics,”

“After a pandemic year marked by unprecedented challenges—particularly for Latinx students—John Jay is especially honored to be ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities for Hispanics,” says John Jay College President Karol V. Mason. “At John Jay, we are laser-focused on supporting the success of our students from traditionally underrepresented groups, including our Latinx, Dreamer, and immigrant students, and we are immensely proud to be among the top degree-granting institutions in the nation for Latinx students.”

With Latinx students making up nearly 50 percent of its student body, John Jay is a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and has been working to intentionally design student programs, faculty seminars, and revised curriculum to truly ensure Latinx student success.

The ¡Adelante! Latinx leadership program, one of several student programs, supports students interested in Latinx issues with scholarships, jobs, internships, leadership training workshops, mentoring, and goal-oriented planning.

In the classroom, HSI faculty development seminars identify and address gaps related to effective teaching and learning experiences for Latinx students. The Criminal Justice B.S. major, which counts 4000 students, updated several courses and course descriptions, doubled its diversity requirements and added new course options from the Latin American and Latinx Studies Departments based on race, crime, and justice.

During Latinx Heritage Month, John Jay honors and celebrates the vital contributions Latinx people have made with a schedule of events, series of articles about Latinx community members, and robust YouTube playlist “Latinx at John Jay.”

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.

John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship, and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality, and the rule of law.

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