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SUNY-ESF Receives High Marks from US News

U.S. News & World Report


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry was ranked among the nation’s top universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of America’s best colleges for the second year in a row.

ESF was ranked 36th on the list of the top 50 public national universities in the doctoral category, an improvement over last year’s ranking of 39. The college was ranked 4th for universities having the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.

College president Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. said he was pleased with the college’s improved rankings. "It is a further affirmation that ESF is a leader in its field and a testament to the faculty and staff that ESF is rated so well," he said. Dr. Murphy cautioned that the rankings are only one indicator of the quality of the education provided by a college or university.

Here is how ESF fared:

  • # 36 among top public doctoral national universities, moving up from 39th last year. (Ranked above Clemson, Iowa State, University of Massachusetts — Amherst, and the University of Vermont).
  • #4 in the list of universities having the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students (above Harvard and Princeton).
  • Among universities with the lowest acceptance rates, indicating a more selective admission process (ranked with Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers).
  • ESF’s graduation rate is the 29th highest among Public National Universities — Doctoral. (along with Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University and Michigan State).

Overall ESF was ranked as a Tier 2 — a group just below the top 50 universities. This category also includes the University of Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

The other SUNY campuses in Tier 2 are the university centers at Binghamton, Stony Brook and Buffalo. Other universities in New York included in Tier 2 are Clarkson, Fordham and Syracuse.