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*

A+ Schools for B+ Students/America's Best Colleges/Best Buy Colleges/Best National Public Schools/Best National Universities/Best Online Bachelor's Programs/Best Online MBA – Graduate Business – Education – Engineering – Nursing Programs/Best Public Colleges and Universities for Veterans/Great Schools, Great Prices/Regional Colleges and Universities (North), 2014 - 2018


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


Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Universities North), 2017:
Geneseo (#1)

Best Value School (National), 2017:
ESF (#40)

Top Undergraduate Engineering Programs, 2017:
SUNY Poly (#25)

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

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

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


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, FIT, Fredonia**, Geneseo**, Monroe, Morrisville, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga, Oswego**, Plattsburgh, Stony Brook

**Honor Roll with distinction

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:

travel channel.com

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


Ten Best Environmental Programs in Nation, 2012:

Peace Corps

Peace Corps’ Top Colleges

Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges, 2014:
ESF, Geneseo


School where business students go on to earn the most money in their careers, 2016-17:
Albany (#4)

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


Top 10 BFA Programs in the Country, 2016-17:
Theatre Design & Tech Programs (#8)
Dance (#10)

Online Schools Center

30 Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools, 2015:

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

Music School Central

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

Military Times

Best for Vets College:
Cobleskill (2017); Empire State (2014)

Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities

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

Insight into Diversity

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, 2016:
Buffalo State

The Hollywood Reporter

Best 25 Drama Schools, 2014:

Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

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

Great Value Colleges

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


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


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

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 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)

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

Carnegie Foundation

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

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

Billboard Magazine

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

Best College Values

50 Best Values Bachelor's in Engineering, 2017:
Binghamton, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook

Best College Reviews

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

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)

Affordable Colleges Online

Best Online New York State Community College, 2016-17:
Genesee (#1)

Affordable Colleges Foundation

Top Colleges for Online Associate Degree Programs, 2015:
Alfred State (#23)


*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 2017.