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Rankings and Ratings

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When the editors of America's best-known college guides rank your college among the finest, it's something to be proud of. When you offer some of today's "hottest" rated careers, that's pretty cool too. When the work of your faculty members is recognized by their peers, it's wonderful. But the recognition we are happiest with at ESF comes when our students tell us they are having a great college experience and our alumni share their success stories. We're happy to share some of ESF's latest rankings and ratings with you here; but we really hope that you'll visit our campus, talk to our faculty, staff and students, and give us your own college rating.

2020-21 Rankings and Ratings

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The College ranked 118th in the National Universities category that includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates.

Among the nation's top public schools, ESF is ranked at 54th.

The College is 57th on the Best Value - National Universities list. This ranking takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2019-2020 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

ESF is ranked 144 for social mobility which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

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For the fourth year in a row, the College is ranked among the nation's top "Cool Schools" by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Sierra puts the College at Number 6 among more than 312 schools surveyed.

ESF is the highest-ranked school among all colleges and universities in New York state and the only New York state school in the top 10.




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The Princeton Review ranked ESF No.13 in the Best College Dorms category.

The College is also included in the 386 Best Colleges and the Best Northeastern Colleges lists.

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ESF is ranked 99th in Money's 2020 Best Colleges. The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities. Colleges included in Money's rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students.

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The College is recognized by LendEDU for having one of the lowest student loan debt figures in the country for the class of 2019. ESF's average student debt per borrower figure of $21,885 ranked #61 in the country and No. 8 in New York state.


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The College's biology degree earned the top ranking on the list of the 50 Best Biology Degrees, published by learn.org.

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The Wall Street Journal's 2021 rankings ESF ranked No. 298 out of 797 institutions nationally. Within the Northeast region, the College ranked 111th among 257 institutions.

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College Raptor released its 2021 Hidden Gems lists where ESF was ranked No. 7 on the Urban Hidden Gems list and No. 3 on Hidden Gems with Tuition Under $25K..