Twenty-three SUNY campuses have been ranked among the top colleges and universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Top spots include eleven campuses named “Top Public Regional Universities” in the North; nine in top 100 “Best Regional Universities” in the North; and recognition of SUNY students graduating with some of the least debt in the country.
The national rankings are an affirmation that SUNY’s local focus, statewide commitment, and global connections are creating tremendous value and positions the entire system of SUNY campuses to serve as a leader among the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States.
“As we continue to work with Governor Cuomo to position SUNY and New York to lead in affordability, access, and quality, and President Obama puts these issues into focus nationally, we are proud to be recognized and ranked favorably by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “Congratulations to the many campuses representing SUNY on this list.”
The rankings’ methodology is based on a combination of metrics including assessment by peers and counselors, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. With many campuses experiencing steady enrollment growth and the SUNY system empowering students with SUNY Smart Track, it is no surprise that SUNY has such a strong rating by U.S. News & World Report.
The 23 SUNY campuses ranked among the top in the nation are:
Top Public Regional Universities – North (out of 50)
2. SUNY Geneseo
5. SUNY Alfred State
6. SUNY New Paltz
11. College at Brockport
14. SUNY Fredonia
16. SUNY Oneonta
18. SUNY Cortland
18. SUNY Oswego
22. SUNY Plattsburgh
30. SUNY Potsdam
31. SUNY Buffalo State
Best National Universities (out of 201)
Best Regional Universities – North (out of 135)
15. SUNY Geneseo
33. SUNY New Paltz
54. College at Brockport
60. SUNY Fredonia
66. SUNY Oneonta
69. SUNY Cortland
69. SUNY Oswego
81. SUNY Plattsburgh
98. SUNY Potsdam
101. SUNY Buffalo State
Best Regional Colleges – North (out of 47)
Least Debt – National
• University at Buffalo
Value – “Finding the Money” – National Universities (out of 50)
46. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (out of 180)
Best Undergraduate Engineering – Universities (out of 78)
65. Stony Brook University
65. University at Buffalo
The national ranking of over two-thirds of the system’s four-year, technical, and university center campuses comes on the heels of a tremendously bright year throughout the SUNY community. From reducing emissions and being named some of the greenest colleges in America to upholding a public service by keeping tuition low and subsequently honored among the nation’s best value public colleges, a SUNY education is a true competitive advantage!
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.