Albany -- Twenty
two State University of New York (SUNY) schools earned top rankings in
categories including top 50 public national universities, campus diversity, and
least student debt in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News
& World Report.
SUNY New Paltz was chosen as the “Hottest Small State School” in the
nation by the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College” Guide.
The school was recognized for its academic excellence and its appeal to
students seeking entry into the top schools in the country.
In the recently released U.S.News rankings, the
Binghamton University is ranked 37th among public national
universities and 82nd overall for national universities. SUNY College of Environmental Science and
ranked 38th among public national universities, and 85th
on the roster of best national universities, which includes both public and
private institutions. In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for
national universities, ESF ranked 33rd.
SUNY Old Westbury is the No. 1 school in the country for campus diversity. University
at Albany ranked in the top 10 of national universities with
the least debt for its students.
“These national rankings reflect the quality, accessibility,
affordability and diversity of a SUNY education,” said Dr. John B. Clark,
interim Chancellor of the State University of New York. “SUNY schools provide
the people of New York and the country with an education
of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative
of all segments of the population.”
Stony Brook University also placed 45th among
public national universities and 96th among “best national
University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is ranked
57th among doctoral degree-granting institutions. Additionally,
Stony Brook’s engineering program tied at 70th in that same category
and was one of only 12 public universities cited on the list of “academic
programs to look for” in the category “undergraduate research/creative
projects”—in the company of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, the University of
California-Berkeley and MIT.
SUNY Old Westbury was ranked the top
school in the country for campus diversity among liberal arts
colleges. The ranking is based on the statistical likelihood of any student
interacting with students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. U.S.
News cited 29 percent of the Old Westbury campus as African American.
The University at Albany was the only New York school ranked in the category of
least debt for its students--64 percent of UAlbany students have an average debt of $11,856.
Other SUNY campuses were ranked among the best in a range of
- Stony Brook University ranked 45th among
public national universities and its engineering program is among the
top 100 in the country.
- SUNY Fredonia is rated as one of the top 12 Public
Universities in the North and ranked 51st among Best Comprehensive
Universities in the North.
· Eight SUNY schools are ranked in
the nation’s Top 100 Best Universities with master’s programs (North): Geneseo (11th), Alfred
University, which includes the New York State College of Ceramics (14),
SUNY New Paltz (38), SUNY Fredonia (51 tie), College at Oneonta (57tie), SUNY
Cortland (70 tie), SUNY Brockport (80 tie) and SUNY Oswego (85 tie).
· Geneseo ranked No. 2 among the “Top Public
Universities—Master’s” in the North.
- Maritime College, SUNY Delhi, Alfred State and
Farmingdale State College ranked in the Top 45 best baccalaureate colleges in
the North. This is the first time SUNY Delhi has appeared in the U.S.
- SUNY Cobleskill
is one of the top 100 Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North.
- SUNY Potsdam
is among the top 100 public and private regional universities in the North for the ninth consecutive
- The University at Buffalo ranked 118 overall among
- Purchase College ranked in the fourth tier of the Best Liberal Arts
The annual rankings by U.S. News groups schools based
on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching. They will be published in the magazine’s August 27 issue, on
newsstands Monday, August 20, and are available online today at www.usnews.com/colleges.
University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 417,500
students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.