New Paltz Ranked on Princeton Review Best College List

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SUNY New Paltz has once again been named to Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region” list.

New Paltz is one of 13 SUNY schools to make the list for 2017. Also ranked in the “Best Northeastern Colleges” division alongside New Paltz are Fredonia, Geneseo, Cortland and Oswego, to name a few.

“The annual Princeton Review rankings of the best colleges in the country are a point of pride for SUNY as well as each of the colleges and universities recognized for the outstanding work they do on behalf of our students, faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The rankings are also a signal to our students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree, which will serve them well long after graduation. Congratulations to SUNY New Paltz on this much-deserved recognition.”

To come up with their rankings, the publication surveyed 143,000 college students at over 100 campuses throughout the country. Students reviewed their school in terms like cost, academic rigor, career services, environmental friendliness, quality of campus life and more to produce the rankings. According to the survey, New Paltz scored 88 out of a possible 99 points on the publication’s “Admissions Selectivity” category, a reflection of its competitive admission standards.

In survey responses to the Princeton Review, New Paltz students noted aspects such as campus diversity, helpful faculty and staff and a broad array of majors to explore as some key points to their college experience. Additionally, they described campus life to offer “a lot of organizations, events and opportunities to take advantage of,” with staff who “really care about students’ experiences and well-being.”

SUNY New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of publications.

In 2016, the college received various distinctions: U.S. News and World Report declared New Paltz No. 4 among all public regional universities in the North region; The Business Journals placed New Paltz among America’s top 75 public colleges and universities; Forbes magazine named New Paltz on the ninth installment of its list of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Kiplinger’s named New Paltz on its “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list.

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