SUNY Canton Moves to Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the US News and World Reportbest colleges in the northern region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” edition.

The college moved up several spots to 44th this year, which puts SUNY Canton in the top tier of the rankings. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence. Outcome-related measures, such as graduation and retention rates, are the most heavily weighted factors in the methodology.

The North division includes colleges specifically located in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

“U.S. News & World Report is one of the top evaluators of college programs, and we’re very pleased by their listing us among the top colleges of the Northeast,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.  “The significant increase in our ranking is reflective of the many innovations implemented by our faculty and staff to further enhance the education and support that our students benefit from.”

Aerial view of SUNY Canton campus.

The rankings include data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students evaluate their options. This is the fifth year in a row that SUNY Canton has been included in the top Regional Colleges-North division.

“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, including SUNY Canton, recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year.”

The rankings will be published in the “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook, which will go on sale Sept. 29. More information about the rankings is available now at


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

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