William Paterson University Ranks Among the Top Four-Year Institutions Nationwide in 2023 Social Mobility Index

William Paterson University is ranked among the top four-year institutions in the nation, climbing 14 spots since last year—from 65 to 51—in CollegeNet’s 2023 Social Mobility Index. The unique ranking assesses how colleges and universities improve students’ upward economic mobility by weighing such factors as students’ household incomes against their post-graduation salaries and student loan debt.

WP’s climb in the rankings places us in the top 4.25 percent of nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

“A commitment to boosting the social mobility of our students is at the core of all that we do at William Paterson University,” says President Richard J. Helldobler. “Our gains in this ranking reflect the life-changing power of a William Paterson degree. As we state in our newly adopted University mission statement, ‘William Paterson University as a proud diverse community, designated as a public Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution, creates transformative academic and extracurricular experiences leading to meaningful careers, and promotes economic and social mobility.’ Together, our campus community is changing the social fabric of New Jersey by preparing students for leadership roles in their communities and throughout the state.”

Since 2018, William Paterson has risen 61 places on CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index.

U.S. News and World Report launched its own social mobility rankings in 2019. The University has climbed a total of 44 spots on that list since its inception, placing no. 21 in the Regional Universities North category.