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Many SUNY Schools Rank Among the Nation’s Best in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings

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It’s that time of year again: fall is upon us, school is back in session, and for many students, it may mean starting the college search. On the surface, this can be a daunting task, as there are many schools to choose from in New York and nationwide. In order to make the process less overwhelming, students and their support systems need a reliable source that provides them with in-depth information on our nation’s colleges and universities. One such resource, which is widely used nationwide, is the U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings, which recently released its lists for 2020.

In its 35th year, the rankings compare bachelor’s degree-granting institutions throughout the U.S. on a number of measures that determine academic quality. Specific statistics used in the rankings calculations include average ACT/SAT scores, student-faculty ratios, graduation rates, financial aid, figures on post-graduate employment, and more. The breakdown of the ranking factors is as follows: outcomes (35%), which is comprised of graduation and retention (22%), graduation rate performance (8%), and social mobility (5%); faculty resources (20%); expert opinion (20%); financial resources (10%); student excellence (10%); and alumni giving (5%).

New this year, U.S. News ranked schools on the following programs to add to the breadth and depth of the individual lists:

  • First-year experience
  • Co-ops/internships
  • Learning communities
  • Senior capstone
  • Service learning
  • Study abroad
  • Undergraduate research/creative projects
  • Writing in the disciplines

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson praised the schools named to the lists as well, noting that many parties are involved in making our campuses beacons of learning and growth for our students, “SUNY continues to garner national recognition as an exceptional institution of higher education that successfully prepares our students to thrive in today’s complex society. As the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report demonstrate, SUNY has secured a reputation for delivering quality academics and research excellence, in a way that is affordable and accessible to all. These rankings serve to reinforce our commitment to delivering an individualized education experience for all students, regardless of their background and circumstances. I applaud the staff and faculty who work tirelessly to ensure SUNY’s place among our nation’s colleges and universities. And thank you to all the students who make our campuses the vibrant places they are.”

Please see below for a full list of SUNY schools who are included in a number of lists in this year’s US News & Work Report Best College Rankings.

National Universities

Regional Universities North

Regional Colleges North

National Liberal Arts Colleges

Engineering (Doctorate Offered)

  • #66 Stony Brook University (tied)
  • #66 University at Buffalo (tied)
  • #120 Binghamton University
  • #170 College of Environmental Science & Forestry – ESF

Engineering (No Doctorate Offered)

  • #52 Maritime College
  • #52 SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • #110 New Paltz

Undergraduate Research

  • #59 Geneseo

Top Public Schools

  • #31 Binghamton University
  • #31 University at Buffalo
  • #39 Stony Brook University
  • #55 College of Environmental Science & Forestry – ESF
  • #68 University at Albany

View the full list of rankings at Then, begin your journey to a SUNY degree:

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Written by Taryn Rackmyer

Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.




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  • Ahara says:

    I studied at Maritime college. Happy to see it’s ranked somewhere

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