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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*

Best College Values in America (Public Colleges/National Universities), 2016-2019:

  Campuses...

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

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Top Public School, 2019: Binghamton (#14), Geneseo (#39)

 

The Princeton Review*

Best 386 Colleges/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/Top Green Colleges, 2017-2022:

  Campuses...

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

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Top Green Colleges, 2021:
ESF (#2)

LGBTQ Friendly, 2021:
Purchase (#20)

Great College Theater, 2022:
Purchase

Best Value Colleges (Public), 2022:
Binghamton (#20); Stony Brook (#26)

Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact (Public), 2022:
ESF (#1)

Top 20 Best Schools for Financial Aid (Public), 2022:
ESF (#9)

Top 20 Best Career Placement (Public), 2022:
Binghamton (#18)

 

U.S. News and World Report*

A+ Schools for B+ Students/America's Best Colleges/Best Buy Colleges/Best Engineering Colleges and Universities/Best National Colleges and Universities/Best Online Bachelor’s and Engineering Degree Programs/Best Online Master’s Degree Programs (Business Administration, Nursing, Education, Information Technology)/Best National Liberal Arts Colleges/Best Regional Colleges and Universities for Veterans (North)/Great Schools, Great Prices/Top Public Schools (National and Regional)/Undergraduate Research/Top Performers in Social Mobility, 2017-2022

  Campuses...

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

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Top Public Schools (Nationally), 2020:
Binghamton & University at Buffalo (#31-tie); Stony Brook (#39)

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, 2021:
University at Buffalo (#8)

Best Regional Universities North, 2022:
SUNY Poly (#12); Geneseo (#16); New Paltz (#31)

Best Regional Colleges North, 2022:
Alfred State (#6); Canton (#12); Delhi (#13); Farmingdale State (#15); Cobleskill (#17); Morrisville (#22)

Top Performers in Social Mobility, 2022:
Old Westbury (#11); Alfred State (#13); Canton (#15); Cobleskill (#16); SUNY Poly (#19); Buffalo State (#20)

 

G.I. Jobs Magazine*

Military-Friendly Colleges:

  Campuses...

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

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President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll*

Top campuses for community service and service learning:

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 Online

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

Best College Values

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

CNBC

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

Forbes Magazine

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Best Colleges in America and Best Public Colleges/Universities, 2017-2022:
Albany, Binghamton, University at Buffalo, Cortland, ESF, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, SUNY Poly, Purchase, Stony Brook

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

Military Times

Best for Vets College:
Cobleskill (2017)

Money Magazine

Best Public Colleges, 2022: Maritime (#48)
Best Colleges in the Northeast, 2022: Maritime (#35); Binghamton (#44)
Best Colleges for Engineering Majors, 2022: Maritime (#42)

Best Colleges for Your Money, 2019-2020:
Top 50 - Binghamton (#31), Stony Brook (#47)
Top 100 - ESF (#71), Albany (#85), University at Buffalo (#99)
Additionally Ranked – Alfred State, Brockport, Buffalo State, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Purchase, Potsdam, SUNY Poly

OnStage

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

PayScale

Best Universities and Colleges by Salary Potential, through 2022:
Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Empire State, ESF, Farmingdale, FIT, Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, SUNY Poly, Potsdam, Purchase, Stony Brook, Upstate Medical University

Best National College by Salary Potential, 2022:
Maritime (#3)

Sierra Club Magazine

Sierra Club Magazine

The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2020:
ESF (#6)

Wall Street Journal

Nationwide College Rankings/Top Northeast Colleges for Student Outcomes:
Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo State, University at Buffalo, Cortland, ESF, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Purchase

 

*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 2017 through 2022.