Kennedy Class of ’16: Where Are They Now?

us-news-logoThe U.S. News & World Report just published their annual compilation of the “Best Colleges,” and well over two dozen members of the Class of ’16 are now attending “nationally ranked” universities by that magazine’s reckoning.

Not everyone is a fan of the magazine’s list, of course. The New York Times views the magazine’s keenly-awaited annual assessment as a “marketing ploy,” yet it is tough to argue with U.S. News’ methodology. The schools are ranked on up to 15 academic quality benchmarks, and factor graduation rates in heavily. (Higher education isn’t much good if you don’t finish it.) But for these naysayers, the magazine tabulated the best colleges and universities as determined by high school guidance counselors. Another couple dozen Kennedy Class of ’16 grads can be found attending these schools as well.

You’ve seen these names flash by on the sign outside the school throughout the summer, now here’s that same list of schools along with their most recent ranking in U.S. News & World Report:

School U.S. News & World Report 2016 Ranking
Bentley University #3 in the North (tie)
Boston University #39 Nationally
Brooklyn College CUNY #75 (tie) in the North
City College of New York CUNY #85 (tie) in the North
College of Charleston #10 in the South (tie)
College of the Holy Cross #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
College of Mount Saint Vincent #128 (tie) in the North
Dickinson College #41 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Drexel University #96 Nationally
Emmanuel College #171 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
Fairfield University #2 in the North
Fairleigh Dickinson University #67 (tie) in the North
Florida Atlantic University #247 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
Florida State University #92 (tie) Nationally
Fordham University #60 (tie) Nationally
Franciscan University of Steubenville #22 (tie) in the Midwest
George Washington University #56 (tie) Nationally
Georgetown University #20 (tie) Nationally
Hunter College CUNY #42 (tie) in the North
Iona College #75 (tie) in the North
Ithaca College #6 (tie) in the North
John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY #108 (tie) in the North
Johns Hopkins University #10 Nationally
Loyola University Maryland #3 (tie) in the North
Manhattan College #15 in the North
Manhattanville College #171 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
Marist College #9 (tie) in the North
Mercy College
Michigan State University #82 (tie) Nationally
Mitchell College
Monmouth University #38 (tie) in the North
New York Institute of Technology #32 (tie) in the North
New York University #36 Nationally
Pace University #188 (tie) Nationally
Pennsylvania State University #50 (tie) Nationally
Providence College #1 in the North
Purdue University #60 (tie) Nationally
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute #39 (tie) Nationally
Sacred Heart University #44 (tie) in the North
Saint Anselm College #171 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
Saint John’s University #164 (tie) Nationally
Savannah College of Art and Design
Siena College #106 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
St. Thomas Aquinas #99 (tie) in the North
State University of New York at Albany #146 (tie) Nationally
Stevens Institute of Technology #71 (tie) Nationally
Stony Brook University SUNY #96 (tie) Nationally
SUNY College at Cortland #61 (tie) in the North
SUNY College at Geneseo #14 in the North
SUNY College at Oneonta #44 (tie) in the North
United States Merchant Marine Academy #3 in Regional Colleges North
United States Military Academy West Point #1 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
University of Alabama #103 (tie) Nationally
University at Buffalo SUNY #110 (tie) in the North
University of Connecticut #60 (tie) Nationally
University of Delaware #79 (tie) Nationally
University of Hartford #188 (tie) Nationally
University of Missouri #111 (tie) Nationally
University of New Hampshire #107 (tie) Nationally
University of North Carolina #30 Nationally
University of Notre Dame #15 (tie) Nationally
University of Rhode Island #159 (tie) Nationally
University of Tampa #21 in the South
Villanova University #50 (tie) Nationally
Virginia Tech #74 (tie) Nationally
Wagner College #35 (tie) in the North
Washington and Lee University #11 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Westchester Community College