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.


Best College Values in America (Public Colleges/National Universities), 2013-2018:


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



The Princeton Review*

Best Colleges Overall/Best Northeast Colleges/Best Green Colleges/Colleges That Pay You Back/Most Engaged in Community Service/Top 75 Best Value Public Colleges, 2014-2019:


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


Best College Theater, 2019:
Purchase (#1)

Top 50 Green Colleges, 2019:
ESF (#2)

Best Career Placement, 2019:
Maritime (#5)

Best College Newspaper, 2019:
Binghamton (#10)

LGBTQ Friendly, 2019:
Purchase (#15)

Best College Dorms, 2018:
ESF (#13)

Colleges That Create Futures, 2018:


U.S. News and World Report*

A+ Schools for B+ Students/America's Best Colleges/Best Buy Colleges/Best National Liberal Arts Colleges/Best Public Schools (National and Regional)/Best Regional Colleges and Universities for Veterans (North)/Great Schools, Great Prices, 2014-2019:


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, 2013-2018:


Adirondack, Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, Broome, Buffalo State, University at Buffalo, Canton, Cayuga, Clinton, Cobleskill, Columbia-Greene, Corning, Delhi, Empire State, Erie, Farmingdale State, Finger Lakes, Fredonia, Hudson Valley, Jamestown, Jefferson, Maritime, Mohawk Valley, Monroe, Morrisville, Nassau, New Paltz, 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


Affordable Colleges Foundation

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

Affordable Colleges Online

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

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)

Best College Values

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

Billboard Magazine

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


U.S. Colleges that Payoff the Most - Public Universities, 2019:
Maritime (#23)

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)

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

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

Forbes Magazine


Best Colleges in America and Best Public Colleges/Universities, 2014-2019:
Albany, Binghamton, University at Buffalo, ESF, Farmingdale, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Oneonta, Stony Brook

Top STEM Schools, 2018:
Stony Brook (#22)

Overall Best Value College, 2016:
Binghamton (#15 Nationwide) and (#4 Northeast)

The Hollywood Reporter

Best 25 Drama Schools, 2014:

Insight into Diversity

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

Military Times

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

Music School Central

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


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


Best Universities and Colleges by Salary Potential, 2018:
Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate Medical Center, Empire State, ESF, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, SUNY Poly, Potsdam, Purchase, Stony Brook, Upstate Medical University

Best National College by Salary Potential, 2018:
Maritime (#4)

School where business students go on to earn the most money in their careers, 2017:
Albany (#4)

Peace Corps

Peace Corps’ Top Colleges

Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges, 2014:
ESF, Geneseo


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


* 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 2013 through 2019.