SUNY Oneonta is among the top 50 colleges in the Northeast, according to the U.S. News and World Report's 2013 ranking of “Best Colleges,” released Sept. 12. The college sits at No. 47 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.
SUNY Oneonta also was one of only five regional universities in the North to earn a spot on this year's U.S. News "Least Debt" list, which highlights institutions whose 2011 graduates had the lightest debt loads. A quarter of the Class of 2011 at SUNY Oneonta had no debt at graduation, and the average amount of debt for those who had received student loans was $13,700. By comparison, students from comparable schools on the U.S. News “Most Debt” list carried an average debt of $42,000-$45,000.
U.S. News surveyed nearly 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide to compile the 2013 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. The opinions of high school counselors, graduation and freshman retention rates, and peer reviews by officers of other colleges also are considered.
A complete explanation of the U.S. News college ranking methodology is available at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.