High scores in Environment, Outcomes power New Paltz on Wall Street Journal College Rankings

SUNY New Paltz appears in the 2018 installment of the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings, an innovative new evaluation model that focuses on student learning and successful outcomes.

The College clocked in at number 424 nationwide, placing it in the top 25 percent among the 2,304 total colleges and universities in the country. Only the best 1,054 of those met Times Higher Education’s rigorous standards for inclusion in this listing.

The Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education methodology evaluates schools across four broad categories: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes and Environment. The list includes among its data sources a Times Higher Education survey of more than 100,000 U.S. students, and an Academic Reputation Survey of more than 10,000 academics.

New Paltz scored highest in the Environment metric, well above the national median. That score is drawn from factors including the diversity of the student body and faculty, the enrollment of international students, and overall student inclusion.

The College also out-performed the median in the Outcomes category, with especially high graduation rates and low student loan default rates.

“I’m encouraged by SUNY New Paltz’s strong performance in the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education rankings,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management L. David Eaton. “It is particularly validating that we finished well above average in areas like graduation rate and diversity of the campus community, because this list evaluates us relative to more than 1,000 colleges and universities from across the country, including many large and prestigious public and private research institutions.”

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SUNY New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of highly regarded publications. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked SUNY New Paltz as the No. 7 best public regional universities in the northern U.S.; Forbes ranked New Paltz in the top 100 public colleges in the nation; Kiplinger’s recognized New Paltz on its list of “Best College Values”; Princeton Review named New Paltz among its best colleges and universities in the northeast; and the Business Journals placed New Paltz among America’s top 75 public colleges and universities.

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