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, 2011-2015:


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


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

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

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

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

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review*

Best Colleges/Best Northeastern Colleges/Top 75 Best Value Colleges – Public, 2011-2015:


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


Best 296 Business Schools, 2015:  Oswego

#1 Best School for Theater, 2012:  Purchase

Most Diverse Population, 2011-2015:  University at Buffalo, Stony Brook


U.S. News and World Report*

A+ Schools for B+ Students/America's Best Colleges/Best Buy Colleges/Best National Universities/Great Schools, Great Prices, 2011-2015:


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


#1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014:  Delhi

#14 Best Online Graduate Business Programs, 2014:  Oswego (MBA program)

Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges in Nation, 2014:  Purchase

#1 North Region universities with strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, 2011:  Geneseo

US News and World Report
GI Jobs Magazine

G.I. Jobs Magazine*

Military-Friendly Colleges, 2011-2015:


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, 2011-2015:


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


Presidents Honor Roll

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 College Reviews

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

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, New York


Carnegie Foundation

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

Carnegie Foundation
The Center for Green Schools

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


College Choice

Best Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, 2015:  Delhi


Explore Talent

#9 World’s Top 10 Drama Acting Schools, 2014:  Purchase

Forbes Magazine


#6 Top Fashion School in U.S., 2014:  FIT

Forbes Magazine


America’s Best College Buys/Public Colleges, 2011-2015:  Albany, Binghamton, ESF, Stony Brook


Great Value Colleges

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


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 for resident students, 2013:  Maritime

#7 Best return on investment for nonresident students, 2013:  Maritime

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


Peace Corps’ Top Colleges

Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges, 2014:  ESF, Geneseo

Peace Corps


Top Pet-Friendly College, 2012:  Canton

The Hollywood Reporter

Best 25 Drama Schools, 2014:



Ten Best Environmental Programs in Nation, 2012:  ESF


Washington Monthly*

Top 50 Community Colleges in Nation, 2013:  Clinton

Best Bang for the Buck, 2013:  Plattsburgh

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

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

*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 2011 through 2015.