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More than 20 SUNY Schools Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges Rankings

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One of the nation’s most prestigious college ranking reports is out again as U.S. News & World Report has released it’s annual lists of Best Colleges and Universities in America for 2017. This publication is quite the comprehensive look across the country in a number of categories that measure quality and value among different types of schools.

The lists composed by U.S. News bring a focus to academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Statistics such as graduation and retention rates are key components of the rankings in each of the categories. These statistics are also key to the measure of student success in college.

Why does U.S. News put so much effort into publishing these rankings reports? Ultimately, the work done to compose these lists helps students filter through data from more than 1,800 colleges and universities to help them make a very important life decision.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a testament to the excellent programs and services provided by faculty and staff across SUNY, and a reminder to our current and future students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree that will serve them well long after graduation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

With SUNY’s dedicated efforts to increase completion across New York, provide access to all who seek higher education, and maintain affordability, it’s no surprise to find such a large number of schools being recognized on a national level.

Find the SUNY Schools which placed on U.S. News’ main rankings lists below.

Best National Universities

Best National Public Schools

  • Binghamton University (36)
  • Stony Brook University (42)
  • SUNY ESF (43)
  • University at Buffalo (43)
  • University at Albany (74)

Regional Universities North

Regional Colleges North

Best Public Schools (Regional Universities North)

  • SUNY Geneseo (2)
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (3)
  • SUNY New Paltz (5)
  • SUNY Oneonta (12)
  • SUNY Oswego (12)
  • College at Brockport (15)
  • SUNY Cortland (16)
  • SUNY Fredonia (16)
  • SUNY Plattsburgh (21)
  • Maritime College (25)
  • SUNY Potsdam (28)
  • Buffalo State (35)

Best Public Schools (Regional Colleges North)

  • Alfred State (6)
  • SUNY Cobleskill (9)
  • Farmingdale State (9)
  • SUNY Delhi (11)
  • Morrisville State (12)
  • SUNY Canton (13)

Best Colleges for Veterans (Regional Universities North)

  • SUNY Geneseo (7)
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (10)
  • SUNY Oswego (25)
  • College at Brockport (35)
  • SUNY Plattsburgh (42)
  • Maritime College (44)

Best Colleges for Veterans (Regional Colleges North)

  • Alfred State (6)

Additional ranking placements include

  • SUNY Geneseo, #1 Undergraduate Teaching  (Regional Universities North)
  • SUNY ESF, #40 Best Value School (National)
  • SUNY Polytechnic, #25 Top Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Find the full U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2017 rankings online. 


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