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US News ranks Alfred State No. 1 thanks to student outcomes and faculty excellence

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“The Ultimate College Town” continues to stand out on the national stage

Big Blue and Alfred State students celebrate the recent news that Alfred State is once again ranked the No. 1 SUNY and continues to climb in the US News & World Report rankings of Northern Regional Colleges.

ALFRED, NY, September 18, 2023 – 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:

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 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 41 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 program.

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