Guide to 286 Green CollegesGuide 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.

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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.

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 list of “Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list for eight consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 on the 2014 Kiplinger’s list of “10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation” and sits at No. 19 on Kiplinger’s 2014 national list of “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” In July, SUNY Oneonta earned a spot on Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of “America’s Top Colleges” for the first time since the business journal began publishing the rankings in 2008.

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 2014 guidebook is available online. A complete explanation of the U.S. News college ranking methodology is available at

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.