U.S. News & World Report ranks SUNY New Paltz among Northeast’s best universities

SUNY New Paltz continued its run of strong performance in college rankings, appearing at No. 7 on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Top Public Regional Universities in the North region, and No. 28 among all universities in the region, for 2018.

The College appears on multiple lists in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, including Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs among schools that do not offer doctorates, Best Value Schools in the North region, and A+ Schools for B Students.

“We’re pleased to again earn recognition from the U.S. News & World Report, which evaluates colleges on metrics like graduation and retention rates and the academic excellence of incoming students” said Vice President for Enrollment Management L. David Eaton. “This third party validation underscores that our academic standards remain as high as ever, even as we welcome to campus one of the largest incoming classes in the College’s history.”

The Best Colleges for Veterans list is a unique distinction reserved for schools that go the extra mile to make higher education attainable for veterans, active service members and their dependents.

Veteran, military and dependent enrollment at New Paltz has increased from 76 students in 2014 to more than 350 for the fall 2017 semester.

“This is a testament to all the great work being done by faculty, staff and students across campus to come together and create a culture of support and success for our military student population, from application to graduation,” said Veteran & Military Services Coordinator Jason Gilliland.

New Paltz’s first-ever appearance on the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs list is evidence of the rising reputation of the College’s Division of Engineering Programs. These rankings are based on the judgment of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions, and only ABET-accredited engineering programs are eligible for inclusion.

U.S. News develops its Best Value Schools rankings by weighing academic quality against net cost of attendance, and creates its A+ Schools for B Students list by searching out schools that perform highly in overall rankings while accepting a significant number of students who were not at the very top of their high school classes.

“Each of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities help our students find their purpose and their passion,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Whether it’s in research, education, outreach or engagement, our colleges and universities strive to achieve excellence in everything they do. We are thrilled that so many of our SUNY campuses have again received favorable rankings by U.S. News & World Report. While we appreciate that rankings are one indication of quality, it does help demonstrate that SUNY is one of the best national education systems. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses recognized by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report rankings.”

The U.S. News rankings guidebook is among the most widely used resources for prospective students weighing options in higher education, enabling easy comparison of colleges and universities on indicators of excellence including quality of the incoming class, acceptance rate, SAT/ACT scores, retention rates, graduation rates and student/faculty ratios.

For a full run-down of U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of SUNY New Patz, see the College’s rankings profile. For more information on methodology and to see the full rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report.

SUNY New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of highly regarded publications. Most recently, 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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