SUNY Oneonta Among America’s Top Colleges

July 31st, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

SUNY Oneonta is among “America’s Top Colleges” for 2014, according to Forbes magazine. In its annual rankings released  July 30, the business journal placed Oneonta at No. 167 in the Northeast, and No. 520, overall. This is the first time that SUNY Oneonta has earned a spot on the list since Forbes began publishing it in 2008.

“It’s always gratifying to be included in college rankings,” said SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski. “Appearing on the Forbes list this year is further validation of the quality education our students receive.”

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to administer the project and bills its rankings as being focused on outputs, rather than inputs.

“We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college,” according to Caroline Howard of Forbes. “Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”

Factors Forbes considers include student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate, and academic success. A discussion of the methodology is available online.

SUNY Oneonta also fared well in another college ranking earlier this month. Great Value Colleges, an online resource whose mission is “to help students get the best possible education for their money,” ranked SUNY Oneonta No. 11 on its list of the top 25 public “Great Affordable Colleges in the Northeast.”

Among the factors Great Value Colleges considered in its analysis were: graduation rate, net price, student-to-faculty ratio, and the number of campus organizations.

Recognition from Forbes and Great Value Colleges follows similar accolades by other external sources. U.S. News and World Report ranked SUNY Oneonta No. 16 on its 2014 list of the best public institutions in the region. In March, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked SUNY Oneonta No. 19 on its 2014 list of “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” Kiplinger’s also has named SUNY Oneonta to its list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for eight consecutive years, and ranked the college No. 2 on its list of “10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation” this year.