Rankings & Reviews

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SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college sits at No.13 on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region and is ranked #153 in the Northeast on the Forbes magazine 2017 list of "America's Top Colleges." The college received INSIGHT magazine's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2017 and 2014, accepted an invitation to join the Colleges of Distinction in 2015, and has been included in the Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Colleges" every year since the guide's inception in 2010.

Beyond campus, Oneonta is known for its safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere, beautiful setting and genuine sense of community. In 2015, Oneonta was included in a list of America’s “Best Small Town Colleges” and 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:  

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. You can also join student organizations spanning from Accounting to the Zombie Defense Corps!”

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

Modern campus

"The campus is beautiful and modern. The classrooms and freshman buildings are newly renovated and include many amenities like full kitchens and recreational rooms. My residence hall even has a gym in it."

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."

A top teacher prep program

“At a time when fewer than half of the nation’s teacher prep programs successfully show future teachers both what to teach and how to teach it, it’s great to see programs like those at SUNY Oneonta proving that there is a better way. Programs in our top 10 percent understand that their most important job is to deliver well prepared teachers to classrooms, by paying a lot of attention to the nuts and bolts of what it takes to become effective."
— National Council on Teacher Quality


In 2012, the Education Trust singled out SUNY Oneonta for its success in improving graduation rates among Hispanic students, ranking the college No. 11 on a listing of public institutions showing the largest gains from 2004 to 2010.

In 2011, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded SUNY Oneonta its Community Engagement Classification in recognition of the college’s civic partnerships and service-learning activities.


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

NCATE—the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education—accredits our education programs.

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.


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



Included in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges" every year since the guide’s inception in 2010


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Named to the 2017-18 national list of Colleges of Distinction, in recognition of our engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes

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No. 134 in Public Colleges, No. 153 in the Northeast and No. 407 overall, on Forbes magazine’s 2017 list of “America’s Top Colleges

No. 48 on U.S. News and World Report's 2018 list of "Best Regional Universities" in the North


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No. 2 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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One of the Top 10 "Best 4-year Colleges in New York


Named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" (2018)

No. 182 on MONEY magazine’s list of "Best Colleges for Your Money" (2017)

Named to the AffordableColleges.com list of the nation's 50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students (2017)

No. 12 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance national list of “24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year” (2015)

No. 11 on GreatValueColleges.net list of the top 25 public “Great Affordable Colleges in the Northeast” (2014)