Ratings and Rankings

Ratings and Rankings

How should you use them?   What do they mean?

Use our summary of outside opinions and develop your own college search criteria to choose a college that is right for you.  Remember, some of the best aspects of a college experience are measured by fit and feel, not by numbers and rankings.  We’ve gathered past and present perspectives to highlight the diversity of SUNY campuses and their surrounding communities.  Here are a few that caught our eye . . .

For more details about SUNY campus ratings and rankings, visit individual campus websites.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine*

100 Best Values Among Public Universities/In-State, Out-of-State or both, 2012-2016:


Albany, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Purchase, Stony Brook


Best College Value Under $30,000, 2015:
Geneseo (#1)

Best Value in Nation for Out-of-State Students, 2014:
Geneseo (#3)

Best Value in Nation for Out-of-State Students, 2013:
Binghamton (#3)

Lowest Debt at Graduation Among Public Colleges, 2013:
University at Buffalo (#5)


The Princeton Review*

Best 381 Colleges/Best Northeastern Schools/Colleges That Pay You Back/Most Engaged in Community Service/Top 75 Best Value Colleges – Public, 2012-2017:


Albany, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Cortland, ESF, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Potsdam, Purchase, Stony Brook


Best Career Placement, 2017:  Maritime (#7)

Best College Theater, 2017:  Purchase (#4)

Best College Dorms, 2017:  ESF (#9)

Top 50 Green Colleges, 2017:  Stony Brook (#4)

College That Creates Futures, 2017:  Binghamton

Top Internship Opportunities, 2016:  Maritime (#21)

Best 296 Business Schools, 2015:  Oswego

Most Diverse Population, 2012-2016:
University at Buffalo, Stony Brook


U.S. News and World Report*

Best Online Bachelor’s Programs/Best Online MBA – Graduate Business – Education – Engineering – Nursing Programs/A+ Schools for B+ Students/America's Best Colleges/Best Buy Colleges/Best National Universities/Great Schools, Great Prices, 2012-2016


Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canton, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, ESF, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Purchase, Stony Brook, SUNY Poly


Best Online Graduate Nursing Program, 2016:
Stony Brook (#10)

Best Online Graduate Education Program, 2016:
Albany (#14)

Best Online MBA Program, 2016:
Oswego (#20)

Best Online Bachelor's Programs, 2014:
Delhi (#1)

Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges in Nation, 2014:


G.I. Jobs Magazine*

Military-Friendly Colleges, 2012 - 2016:


Adirondack, Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, Broome, Buffalo State, University at Buffalo, Canton, Clinton, Cobleskill, Columbia-Greene, Corning, Delhi, Empire State, Erie, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Hudson Valley, Jamestown, Jefferson, Maritime, Mohawk Valley, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara County, North Country, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga, Oswego, Orange, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Rockland, Schenectady, Stony Brook, SUNY Poly, Tompkins-Cortland, Ulster, Westchester



President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll*

Top campuses for community service and service learning, 2012 - 2016:


Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Buffalo State, Cobleskill, Cortland**, Delhi, Downstate Medical Center, ESF, FIT, Fredonia, Geneseo, Monroe, Morrisville, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga, Oswego**, Plattsburgh, Stony Brook

**Honor Roll with distinction



Affordable Colleges Foundation

#23 Top Online Associate Degrees, 2015:
Alfred State

Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

Exceptional and wide-ranging study abroad programs, 2015:
New Paltz

Best Colleges

Best Two-Year Colleges in New York, 2016:
Corning (#1), Columbia-Greene (#2), Suffolk County (#3), SUNY Broome (#5), Niagara County (#6), Dutchess (#7), Nassau (#8), Rockland (#9), Schenectady County (#10)

Best Online Programs in New York, 2016:
Alfred State (#3), Stony Brook (#5), Plattsburgh (#9)

Best College Reviews

Most Amazing College Campus Theater, 2014:
Rockefeller Arts Center at Fredonia (#19)

Billboard Magazine

Top 35 Music Business Program, 2014:
Crane School of Music at Potsdam

Business Insider

Top 100 (public) Smartest Colleges in America, 2015:
Binghamton, University at Buffalo, ESF, Geneseo, New Paltz, Stony Brook

20 Best College Towns in America, 2014:  Binghamton, NY

Carnegie Foundation

Community Engagement Classification, 2015:
Buffalo State, Fredonia, Geneseo

Most environmentally responsible “green colleges” in U.S. and Canada, 2013:  Albany, Binghamton, ESF, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Potsdam, Stony Brook

Top Community Colleges in New York, 2016:
Herkimer (#2), Columbia-Greene (#3), Nassau (#4), Ulster (#5), Niagara County (#6), Mohawk Valley (#7), Sullivan (#8), Clinton (#9), Rockland (#10)

Forbes Magazine


America’s Best College Buys/Public Colleges, 2012-2016:
Albany, Binghamton, University at Buffalo, ESF, Farmingdale, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Stony Brook

Overall Best Value College (Nationwide), 2016:  Binghamton (#15)

Overall Best Value College (Northeast), 2016:  Binghamton (#4)


Top Fashion School in the World, 2016:
FIT (#7)


Top 20 Public Fashion Design School Programs in the U.S., 2016:
FIT (#1)

Great Value Colleges

50 Great Affordable Colleges in Northeast, 2014:
Albany, Binghamton, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Stony Brook

The Hollywood Reporter

Best 25 Drama Schools, 2014:

Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities

Best Practices in Military and Veteran Education, 2015:
Clinton, Potsdam

Military Times

Best for Vets College, 2014:  Empire State

Music School Central

Top 10 Colleges for Music Education Majors in U.S., 2015:
Potsdam (#4), Fredonia (#9)

Online Schools Center

30 Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools, 2015:  Delhi

Top 50 Green Schools, 2015:
Stony Brook (#20), University at Buffalo (#34)


#5 Best Return on Investment (residents) and #7 (nonresidents), 2013:  Maritime

#12 New graduates who earn more than Harvard graduates, 2012:  Maritime

Peace Corps’ Top Colleges

Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges, 2014:
ESF, Geneseo


Ten Best Environmental Programs in Nation, 2012:  ESF

travel channel.com

Best Free Museum, 2016: #9 The Museum at FIT

washington monthly


Top 50 Community Colleges in Nation, 2013:

Best Bang for the Buck, 2013:

Top 100 Master’s Universities Nationally, 2013:
Geneseo, Oswego

11th for number of alumni who serve in Peace Corps, 2012:

*SUNY campuses are consistently recognized in a variety of categories, and many campuses are regularly profiled in these annual reports.  The ratings and rankings published here reflect 2012 through 2016.