New Paltz was one of a dozen SUNY campuses included in the ranking this year. The regional college ratings are a measure of 648 colleges in four regions—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West—of the country considered academically outstanding. In compiling the regional rankings, the Princeton Review list “represents an outstanding cross section of colleges. Though they differ in size, campus culture and other aspects, all offer excellent undergraduate programs.”
From several hundred schools in the Northeast, Princeton Review crafted its list based on data collected from administrator and student surveys and the opinions of Princeton Review staff and of counselor advisors in the categories of academic excellence and student experience.
New Paltz is nationally recognized among the nation’s top public colleges in a variety of categories: US News & World Report ranked the College 6th among public masters institutions in the North; Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Higher Education ranked New Paltz 49th nationally, and listed the College among Kiplinger’s 30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic, and among Kiplinger’s Best College Values Under $30,000. The College also ranked 2nd nationally in the Affordable Colleges Online list of the nation’s most affordable colleges with the biggest return on investment; ranked 6th in Great Value Colleges 2014 list of “50 Affordable Colleges in the Northeast;” ranked in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges; and was recognized by the US Department of State among the nation’s leaders in Fulbright Scholars.