Hostos Community College is proud to announce its recognition in three significant national accolades that highlight its commitment to academic excellence and student success. For 2024, the College has been ranked #7 in’s "Best Community Colleges in New York" list and #5 among the top Practical Nursing programs in New York roster by For a third time, Hostos also secured a place among the Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges. 

“I am truly proud of these recognitions, as well as grateful and humbled by the number and frequency with which they are offered,” said Hostos President, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis. “I'm especially proud knowing how motivated and engaged the students are, and how hard the faculty and staff at Hostos work every day to educate and support them as they strive to build better lives for themselves and their families. We thank you for the accolades and vow to keep working hard every day to meet the educational needs of the community.”
Best Community Colleges in New York

Hostos Community College has once again earned a place on the "Best Community Colleges in New York" list for 2024, compiled by, a student-focused website that helps those shopping for colleges make better learning choices for their academic careers. Ranked #7 among the 31 colleges honored, Hostos made the list after an evaluation of over 3,000 academic institutions. The selection process considered various criteria, including academic quality, graduation rates, affordability, return on investment (ROI), and the breadth of student resources.

Practical Nursing Program Excellence, a leading resource for LPN/LVN students, has also recognized Hostos’ Practical Nursing (PN) program as one of the top programs in New York State. Standing at #5 out of 58 programs assessed, Hostos was acknowledged by for its excellence in the field.  

Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College

Once more, Hostos has been named a 2025 Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College, solidifying its place among the nation's premier community colleges. Out of 1,000 two-year institutions nationwide, Hostos has received this recognition, making it eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize, which is awarded every two years and comes with a reward of $1 million.

Hostos was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence for a second time in June 2022. The Aspen Prize, often referred to as the "Oscars of community colleges," is awarded by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. This recognition reflects Hostos' unwavering commitment to delivering high, improving, and equitable student outcomes. 

The College is dedicated to providing a high-quality education and empowering students to achieve their academic and career goals. These accolades reaffirm Hostos’ commitment to excellence and its mission to serve the student community and the South Bronx effectively.

About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for over half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate program that facilitate secure transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. A two-time Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence finalist, the College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.
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