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23 SUNY Campuses Ranked Among Top Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

23 SUNY Campuses Ranked Among Top Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

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:

Female students walks through wooden doors of building on SUNY Geneseo campus

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)

82. Stony Brook University
86. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
97. Binghamton University
109. University at Buffalo
128. University at Albany

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)

17. SUNY Alfred State
21. Maritime College
27. Farmingdale State College
29. SUNY Delhi
36. SUNY Cobleskill
44. SUNY Morrisville

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)

156. SUNY Purchase College

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!

For more, browse the complete U.S. News & World Report rankings or view the ranking’s methodology.


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    Written by Maxwell Morgan

    Maxwell was a Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.

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  • David Sher says:

    It is sad that New York’s top national public university is ranked 86.

  • Binghamton says:

    This must be old. Binghamton was 82 for 2016

  • Amber123 says:

    Nice post Maxwell, really very helpful information for the people seeking college. Thank you very much!! good luck!

  • Brad says:

    Suny Canton should be on this list, its a great school.

  • a very nice post Maxwell, it is quite helping for people who are looking for studying in a good reputable college. keep it up

  • yokho says:

    The best university is able to provide / print the best graduates

  • Uhm these rankings are nothing to be proud of. In the grand scheme of things the SUNY schools just don’t match up!

  • Sue Geller says:

    I am tired of SUNY schools get a bad rep just because they are “public” or “low-budget” schools! This is a great article. THANKS!!

  • Jason Hiep says:

    Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looking for

  • Michael says:

    Nice post Maxwell, really very helpful information for the people seeking college.

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