SUNY New Paltz Ranks High in Two National Surveys Rating the Nation's Finest Colleges
NEW PALTZ -- Two new surveys of the nation's best colleges and universities are confirming the prestige and quality of campuses of the State University of New York with 14 campuses cited.
Eight colleges of the State University, including SUNY New Paltz, along with all four of its university centers, received positive reviews in the 1999 college guide issued Friday by U.S. News and World Report. Alfred University and Cornell University, which are home to five State University schools, also were praised in the U.S. News and World Report survey.
Meanwhile, the Princeton Review's "Best College for You / 2000" commended State University campuses based on surveys of college students across the country.
"With enrollment growing and academic quality on the rise, students and their parents see the State University of New York as one of the treasures of American higher education," said State University Chancellor John W. Ryan. "It's gratifying when the hard work of our administrators, faculty, students and staff also are recognized and praised by national surveys of academic excellence."
Using 16 areas related to academic excellence, the U.S. News and World Report survey praised the following State University campuses:
New Paltz: is among the 73 best private and public universities in the north. (From The Princeton Review: This school, located in a quaint village with original Colonial era stone houses, boasts a very respectable selectivity rating, and can claim that 97% of the faculty teach undergraduates, and only 1% of the classes are taught by teaching assistants.)
Geneseo -- tied for first place among public universities in the north; also eighth among every public and private university in the north. (From The Princeton Review: "Geneseo (is) one of the most selective schools in the Empire State and the 'Harvard of the SUNY system,' according to students here." The Review notes that 100% of faculty teach undergraduates.)
Purchase: First place among public liberal arts colleges in the north.
Alfred University (home to the State University of New York School of Ceramics): sixth-best value among all public and private universities in the north. (From The Princeton Review: "You can unearth one of the best ceramics programs on the planet.")
Binghamton University: ranks 22nd among all public universities in the nation; among the top 25 most-selective universities in the country in terms of their choice of students; and rated among the top 120 universities -- both private and public -- in the nation. (From The Princeton Review: "Binghamton University offers a top-notch education at a state-school price. Pre-professional programs, most notably in psychology, accounting, and nursing, are particularly strong here, and students say on-campus activities are varied and plentiful." The Review also notes 100% of its faculty teach undergraduates.)
Maritime: among the best engineering programs in the country among non-doctoral, degree-granting campuses. -
Fredonia: Third-best value among universities in the north and 6th place in quality among all public universities in the north. When compared to every college in the north -- public and private, Fredonia ranks #33 in overall quality.
University at Buffalo: rated in the best 120 private and public universities in the country and among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country among research universities; (From The Princeton Review: The University at Buffalo offers an "excellent education in just about anything. Engineering, business, and pre-med are the major draws, but other disciplines -- especially communications and the liberal arts and sciences -- also offer competitive programs, and the library, research, and recreational facilities are all very impressive.")
The University at Stony Brook: placed in the top 120 private and public universities in the nation and among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country among research universities. (From The Princeton Review: "Stony Brook is best known as a national-caliber graduate research center with a particular strength in the sciences and a strong engineering program. Students praise the excellent research facilities and the library but caution you have to be self-motivated to do well.")
The University at Albany: also ranked among the top 120 universities, public and private. (From The Princeton Review: "Self-starters at affordable SUNY Albany will find that this is a university with tremendous opportunities and strong pre-professional programs in areas such as education, criminal justice, business, psychology, public administration and social work."
Oswego: rated among the top 73 private and public universities in the north. (From The Princeton Review: Offers a very good student-faculty ratio. 80% of freshman return the following year.)
Plattsburgh: ranked in the top 73 private and public universities in the north. (From The Princeton Review: Excellent student-faculty ratio.)
Cornell (home to the State University's SUNY statutory colleges in Agriculture, Human Ecology, Industry and Labor Relations and Veterinary Medicine): tied for 11th among all universities in the country.
Potsdam: is among the top 73 private and public universities in the north; ranks among on the second tier of northern regional universities (public and private) (From The Princeton Review: Offers a good student-faculty ratio.)
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.