Rankings & Reviews

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SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college sits at No. 20 on the 2022 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region and is ranked No. 119 on Money magazine's "Best Colleges 2020" list."

We're also No. 11 among the best colleges in New York for landing a job after college, according to a study published by Zippia, a career-planning, job-finding resource. The study looked at 129 public and nonprofit, four-year colleges in New York that offer at least a bachelor’s degree and ranked the colleges based on the percentage of alumni who were employed 10 years after graduation. At Oneonta, that’s 93.81 percent!

Beyond campus, Oneonta is known for its safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere, beautiful setting and its genuine sense of community. In 2021, Microsoft News.com featured Oneonta as one of the "20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America," and Oneonta ranked No. 14 on the Matador Network’s 2015 list of the “20 Coolest Towns in the U.S.


Here's a sampling of what college guides have to say about Oneonta:

Lifelong friends

"SUNY Oneonta gave me the best 4 years of my life. I made lifelong friends, danced with my best friends on the Terpsichorean Dance Company, was given the opportunity to choreograph, took amazing classes that helped better me as a future educator, met the love of my life, and was given multiple independent study opportunities."

Talented, accomplished professors

“Passionate students will find numerous chances to indulge their ambition and can major in virtually any traditional field, as well as unique subjects like Africana and Latino Studies, Human Ecology, Meteorology, and Gerontology. Despite being a public institution, graduate assistants don’t teach any classes, which means students get to spend more time with the talented, accomplished professors who will inspire them toward greater learning.”

Beautiful setting

"Oneonta manages to have an identity beyond just being a college town. The town puts a big emphasis on sustainability -- both environmental and economic -- and is in an absolutely beautiful setting in the Catskill Mountains. Amazing food, a progressive, sustainably minded populace, a yearly hot air balloon festival, and nearby access to some of the best ski mountains in the Catskills. Nuff said."
—Matador Network

Welcoming atmosphere

"I come from East Harlem, NY. Coming from a big city, you’d be nervous to be stuck in the mountains for 8 months, but sure enough, Oneonta became my home away from home. I’ve had a more than welcoming experience to Oneonta, from walking around town to shopping at Southside to engaging in campus-wide activities including my favorite which is Battle of the Red Dragons. I can’t wait to return!"

One of the nation's best education programs

"The SUNY Oneonta faculty is committed to providing undergraduate students with the best opportunities for research, theory and practice for instruction and assessment, as well as providing mentorship to teacher candidates who are ready to begin their careers as teachers in the elementary school environment."

Safe, friendly small-town atmosphere

“The beautiful campus, nestled in the foothills of the Catskills in Central New York, offers a peaceful and scenic setting for study as well as self-discovery. The city of Oneonta rests in the valley below the campus and offers beautiful views, changing foliage and boundless natural beauty. Halfway between Albany and Binghamton, Oneonta offers students a safe, friendly small-town atmosphere with a very sincere sense of community."

Accreditations and Approvals

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits the college, overall.

AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—accredits the college’s business programs.

AAFCS—the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences—accredits the undergraduate programs offered by our Human Ecology Department.

ACEND—the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics—accredits our undergraduate Dietetics program.

ACS—the American Chemical Society—approves our Chemistry program.

NASM—the National Association of Schools of Music—accredits the programs offered by our Music Department.

NAST—the National Association of Schools of Theatre—accredits the programs offered by our Theatre Department.

NCFR—the National Council on Family Relations—approves our Human Development and Family Studies program.


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One of 80 schools chosen by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine to receive the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the second time SUNY Oneonta received this award.


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Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2015 in recognition of a campus-wide commitment to service and civic engagement



Received The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Excellence and Innovation Award in Sustainability and Sustainable Development 


No. 20 among public colleges and No. 73 overall on U.S. News and World Reports 2022 list of “Best Regional Universities” in the North

Named to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings

No. 248  in Public Colleges, No. 186 in the Northeast and No. 527 overall, on Forbes magazine’s 2021 list of “America’s Top Colleges

Named one of the top 50 "Best Master's in K-12 Education Degree Programs" by Intelligent.com (2021)

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No. 3 on Teacher.org’s rankings of the “Best Colleges for Elementary Education” 


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Among the top 10 percent of secondary education programs nationwide, according to a 2017 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality 



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Named to the AffordableColleges.com list of the nation’s 50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students (2018)

Named to the Intelligent.com list of the top 50 “Most Affordable Colleges” in the U.S. and highlighted for offering small classes (2021)

No. 224 on MONEY magazine’s list of “Best Colleges for Your Money” (2019)

No. 182 overall and No. 69 among public colleges on the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of  “Best College Values” (2019)

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No. 21 on OnlineU.org’s list of “Most Affordable Master's in Nutrition Online” (2020)


Named to The Princeton Review "2022 Guide to Green Schools"

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