The list is the product of a study undertaken by Business First, publisher of The Business Journals, which analyzed 477 four-year public institutions across the country using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The highest marks on this list went to schools with selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies and economically robust communities.
“Once again, we are pleased to have third party validation that our outstanding students and faculty, our excellent degree programs and facilities, our affordability in an environment of rising higher education costs and, most importantly, the high levels of success achieved by our students and graduates, combine to make us one of the best public four-year institutions in the country,” said L. David Eaton, vice president for enrollment management. “This most recent accolade from The Business Journals is very much in keeping with others we have received in recent years.”
SUNY New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of highly regarded publications. In 2015, The U.S. News and World Report declared New Paltz No. 4 among all public regional universities in the North region; Princeton Review named the College to its 2016 list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region;” and Kiplinger’s named New Paltz to its 2016 list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” In addition, the College is ranked as one of the top 104 smartest public colleges in the nation by Business Insider.