U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
SUNY Oneonta is among the top 100 colleges in the Northeast for the ninth consecutive year, according to the U.S. News and World Report's 2015 ranking of "Best Colleges," released Sept. 9. The college jumped 25 spots to No. 41…. Among public institutions in the region, SUNY Oneonta climbed 10 spots to No. 9.
U.S. News surveyed colleges and universities nationwide to compile the 2015 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 2015 guidebook is available online. A complete explanation of the U.S. News college ranking methodology is available at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to 332 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 coordinates energy and waste reduction initiatives, supports student-led sustainability projects and works to create a culture of sustainability on campus.
The 216-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
Kiplinger’s Top 100 Public Colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named SUNY Oneonta to its list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for the eighth consecutive year. The 2014 rankings, released Dec. 11, 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.
The annual list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” is available online.
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. 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. Factors Forbes considers include student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.
Excellence in Diversity
SUNY Oneonta received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award— a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, on Sept. 16. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected SUNY Oneonta based on the college’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.
In 2010, SUNY Oneonta revised its mission, choosing diversity as one of six pillars supporting the college’s new strategic plan. This led to a variety of initiatives, including increased investment in the college’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the reorganization of institutional efforts to ensure equity and inclusion under the leadership of a chief diversity officer, and implementation of the Anti-Defamation League’s “A Campus of Difference” diversity education program. In 2012, the college established an annual Common Read and endowed lecture to infuse cultural literacy into the academic program by asking all incoming freshmen to read a diversity-themed book, which is then discussed across several disciplines.