For the second consecutive year, SUNY New Paltz has made the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings, a newcomer in the realm of college rankings based on an inventive, survey-driven model that weights student engagement, student outcomes and learning environments above all else.
New Paltz moved up this year to number 156 in the Northeast region, and number 418 overall, placing the College inside the top half of the 968 ranked colleges, and well above the thousands more eligible institutions that did not make the list.
The Wall Street Journal publishes this new ranking based on data and methods developed in partnership with Times Higher Education, which evaluates schools across four broad categories: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes and Environment. The list sources its ratings from data gathered in a survey of more than 100,000 U.S. students, and an Academic Reputation Survey of more than 10,000 academics, among other measures.
SUNY New Paltz performed best in the Environment category, which assesses factors including the diversity of the student body and faculty, the enrollment of international students, and overall student inclusion.
The College also scored above the median in the Engagement category, which draws heavily on student recommendations and curricular variety, and the Outcomes category, which is derived from graduate rate, salary at graduation and loan default rate – all metrics in which SUNY New Paltz students perform highly relative to other public colleges and universities.
New Paltz students who participated in the Times Higher Education survey responded positively to questions about the College, expressing strong agreement when asked if they would choose SUNY New Paltz again, whether they feel like the campus environment and peer students inspire them, and whether their New Paltz education will be worth the cost.
Read more about the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings methodology online, and use this link to access the full list.
SUNY New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of highly regarded publications. Most recently, the Social Mobility Index placed SUNY New Paltz in the top three percent nationwide in its measurement of students’ success climbing the socioeconomic ladder; Kiplinger’s recognized New Paltz on its list of “Best College Values”; Forbes Magazine named New Paltz in its “America’s Best Value Colleges” feature; and the College was named a Military Friendly® School with an additional Gold distinction.