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U.S. News: ESF Ranks among the Best

ESF has earned a place among the top universities in America for 2016, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

ESF is ranked number 89 on the Best National Universities list in U.S. News' 2016 edition of Best Colleges, the smallest institution to receive such a distinction.

ESF was also recognized as one of the best college values in the nation, earning a ranking of 41 on the U.S. News "Great Schools, Great Prices" list. ESF is the only SUNY campus listed among 50 National Universities selected for this recognition.

ESF is one of three top-ranked SUNY schools on the Best National Universities list. The college is tied with Binghamton University and Stony Brook University for top honors among the SUNY campuses.

"We are pleased that ESF has earned this national ranking in recognition of its outstanding programs and value," said college President Quentin Wheeler. "It reflects ESF's position among the finest universities in the United States and affirms that we offer a high-quality education that is a great value for our students. The credit for our success must go to our faculty and students, whose dedication to excellence and the environment are having a tremendous impact."

The magazine says the National Universities category comprises the 280 institutions (173 public, 100 private and seven for-profit) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees. Many of the nation's most prestigious research universities are ranked in this group.

The calculation to determine the best-value schools takes into account a school's academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2014-15 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

The magazine states: "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically." U.S. News pointed out that 70 percent of ESF students receive need-based grants.

"The State University of New York has historically offered students an affordable, accessible higher education that is second to none," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "As we work to bring the benefits of a SUNY education to even more students through our Completion Agenda, we are proud to see so many of our colleges and universities recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year."