At a glance
“We continue to accomplish great things here at Alfred State. These rankings illustrate our ability to provide hands-on, in-demand education that prepares our students to build a great future. It’s quite a compliment for a respected outside organization like US News to validate our success at student outcomes, career success, college reputation, and the excellence of our accomplished faculty.”
Dr. Steve Mauro
Alfred State College (ASC) once again ranked as the No. 1 SUNY Regional College by US News and climbed to No. 8 among all public and private regional colleges across 11 states and the District of Columbia. The latest US News & World Report rankings again confirmed excellence at Alfred State in an analysis of hundreds of regional colleges across the nation.
“We continue to accomplish great things here at Alfred State,” commented ASC President Dr. Steve Mauro. “These rankings illustrate our ability to provide hands-on, in-demand education that prepares our students to build a great future. It’s quite a compliment for a respected outside organization like US News to validate our success at student outcomes, career success, college reputation, and the excellence of our accomplished faculty.”
The US News definition of a regional college is one that focuses on undergraduate education with less than 50 percent of the degrees in liberal arts. This makes for more career-focused graduates. Since 2006, the publication has ranked ASC as one of the best.
In the multi-state northern region, Alfred State earned impressive Top 4 honors in 10 categories:
- No. 1 SUNY Northern Regional College
- No. 1 SUNY Regional College for Veterans
- No. 1 SUNY Regional College for Least Debt
- No. 2 SUNY Regional College for Best Value
- No. 2 Northern Regional College with 2,500 or more students
- No. 2 New York’s Best public colleges
- No. 3 SUNY Regional College for Social Mobility
- No. 3 Northern Regional College for Veterans
- No. 4 Northern Regional College for Least Debt
- No. 4 New York’s Best among public and private colleges
Alfred State is large enough to offer a vibrant college experience and a wide variety of over 80 majors all at a very affordable price. ASC also offers a tight-knit and caring community to help students succeed. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, US News reports that 60 percent of all classes on campus have fewer than 20 students.
US News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is one of the most sought-after rankings among colleges and universities across the nation.
This year 1,621 colleges and universities were awarded rankings out of more than 10,000 schools across the country based on scores in 19 areas related to academic excellence.
When students search for colleges with certain majors, Alfred State ranks Top 5 among Northern Regional Colleges for 40 areas of study. ASC ranks high when compared with both public and private institutions across the entire northern region.
- No. 1 Agricultural Management
- No. 1 Computer Programming
- No. 1 Construction Engineering Technology
- No. 1 Culinary Arts
- No. 1 Electrical Engineering Technology
- No. 1 Electrical Installation
- No. 1 Engineering-Related Technology
- No. 1 Graphic Communications
- No. 1 Heavy Equipment Technology
- No. 1 HVAC Services
- No. 1 Marketing/Sales Operations
- No. 1 Masonry
- No. 1 Mechanization for Agriculture
- No. 1 Precision Production
- No. 2 Allied Health
- No. 2 Application Software Development
- No. 2 Building Construction
- No. 2 Computer Engineering Technology
- No. 2 Computer Information Sciences
- No. 2 Construction Management
- No. 2 Construction Trades
- No. 2 Criminal Justice
- No. 2 Electromechanical Instrumentation
- No. 2 Human Services
- No. 2 Mechanic and Repair Technology
- No. 2 Mechanical Engineering Technology
- No. 2 Science Technology
- No. 3 Accounting
- No. 3 Biology
- No. 3 Design & Applied Arts
- No. 3 Information Technology Management
- No. 3 Liberal Arts & Sciences
- No. 4 Cultural Studies
- No. 4 Financial Management
- No. 4 Health Professions
- No. 4 Human Sciences
- No. 4 Nursing
- No. 4 Social Science & Services
- No. 5 Architecture
- No. 5 Physical Sciences
Overall, the factors that directly relate to outcomes such as social mobility, graduation, and retention rates, graduate indebtedness, graduate earnings compared with earnings of high school graduates, and graduation rate performance have a total weight of more than 50% in the ranking methodology.
The U.S. News rankings formula gives a weight of 20% to academic reputation scores because a diploma from a distinguished college can help graduates get jobs or gain admission to top-notch graduate programs.