Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review’s 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges has recognized SUNY Oneonta for its commitment to sustainability. SUNY Oneonta has been selected for inclusion in the guide every year since its inception in 2010.
SUNY Oneonta’s sustainability efforts include ongoing energy conservation and waste reduction initiatives; adherence to green construction and procurement standards; academic programs and courses, including majors offered at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown; and the recycling and sustainability programs of Oneonta Auxiliary Services. The college’s Office of Sustainability, established last fall, coordinates energy and waste reduction initiatives, supports student-led sustainability projects and works to create a culture of sustainability on campus.
The 215-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
SUNY Oneonta is among the top 100 colleges in the Northeast for the eighth consecutive year, according to the U.S. News and World Report's 2014 ranking of "Best Colleges," released Sept. 10. The college sits at No. 66 in the "Best Regional Universities—North" category, which includes institutions in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and all of New England that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degrees, but few if any doctoral programs. Among public institutions in the region, SUNY Oneonta ranks No. 16.
Over the past several years, SUNY Oneonta frequently has been recognized for providing an excellent education at an affordable cost. In addition to its consistent inclusion in the U.S. News rankings, SUNY Oneonta has been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine "Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list for seven years running.
U.S. News surveyed nearly 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide to compile the 2014 list. Rankings are based on several factors, including data from each school and secondary sources, such as the American Association of University Professors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Council for Aid to Education, and the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Peer reviews by officers of other colleges also are considered.
The Best Colleges 2014 guidebook is available online. A complete explanation of the U.S. News college ranking methodology is available at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Kiplinger’s Top 100 Public Colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has singled out SUNY Oneonta as a top value among the nation’s public colleges and universities. In addition to being named to Kiplinger’s “Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list for the seventhconsecutive year, Oneonta ranks No. 3 on Kiplinger’s list of “10 Public Colleges with the Lowest Debt for Graduating Students.”
The 2013 rankings, released in early January, recognize four-year schools that deliver academic quality and affordability. To assess quality, Kiplinger’s uses a number of measurable standards, including the admissions rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low tuition, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
Each year, SUNY Oneonta awards nearly $2.5 million in scholarships based on academic achievement. A quarter of the SUNY Oneonta Class of 2011 had no debt at graduation, and the average amount of debt for those who had received student loans was $13,700—about half the national average.
The annual list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” is available in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue and online.