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A top public university and best value in education


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.

The college was also ranked as an exceptional value in education among 250 undergraduate institutions that grant doctoral degrees. This is the first time U.S. News and World Report has invited ESF to be a part of the survey.

College President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. called the ranking 'extraordinary.'

'To be listed as the 39th top public, national, doctoral-granting university is a wonderful thing for ESF, 'Murphy said. 'For ESF to be tied with Clemson in that ranking is a reaffirmation of what we already knew to be true.'

Murphy said the ranking would help the college dramatically in its efforts to recruit high-caliber students and obtain research funding.

'It will help our students because the institution from which they graduate is publicly recognized for its excellence,' he said.

Murphy, who took over leadership of the college in May 2000, credited his predecessors for setting the stage for the college's success.

'The college has been operating at this level of quality for a long time,' he said. In the magazine's survey, ESF was compared with the institutions in the category of national universities that grant doctoral degrees.

Here's how ESF fared:

  • # 39 among top public national universities (tied with Clemson, Arizona, Kansas, and Pittsburgh).
  • # 50 in the list of best values (tied with Brandeis, Marquette, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Missouri at Rolla).
  • # 11 in the list of universities having the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students (tied with Pepperdine, the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt).
  • #62 among universities with the lowest acceptance rates, indicating a more selective admissions process. ESF is listed at 57 percent, along with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
  • #57 among universities with the highest graduation rates. Overall, ESF was ranked as a Tier 2 university, a category that also includes Auburn, Boston, Florida State, Iowa State, Michigan State and Purdue universities.

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

Here's what US News and World Report had to say:

Great schools at great prices

Where can you expect to get the most for your money? To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value, we use a formula that relates a school's academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the school's academic program and the lower the cost to the student, the better the deal. We considered only the universities and colleges that finished in the top half of their categories in the U.S. News rankings. We believe that families will find the most significant values among colleges that are above average academically.
from usnews.com, 9/7/01