BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo is again ranked as
one of the best universities in the country, according to the
annual "Best Colleges" rankings released today by U.S. News and
UB is ranked No. 51 among all public universities in the U.S.
and is No. 106 among both private and public universities in the
country. With the ranking, UB again earns the distinction as one of
the nation's "Best National Universities," according to the
UB moved up five spots among all universities and improved three
spots among public universities, compared to last year's U.S. News
rankings. UB has moved up a total of 15 spots in the "Best National
Universities" category since 2010.
More than 1,500 of the country's four-year colleges and
universities were considered by U.S. News for the rankings in a
handful of categories.
U.S. News also ranked UB No. 19 nationwide for graduating
students with the "least debt." The average amount of debt for UB
students who incur debt is $17,440, and more than half of UB
students graduated without debt, according to the U.S.
At national universities with the "most debt," students graduate
with average debt of between $35,505 and $47,066, according to U.S.
News, and as many as 94 percent of students graduate in debt.
UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski said, "UB is proud of the
distinctive quality education we provide our students; we are
pleased that this is being recognized."
The UB 2020 plan, supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020
bill, is having a transformative effect on the university, he
"We have made great strides in enriching the educational
experiences of our students while keeping tuition low," Zukoski
said. "We have invested in dozens of new faculty and expanded
course offerings throughout the university. All of this is
accomplished to enhance opportunities for our students and lend
support to our belief that a UB education is of extraordinary
UB's national ranking was boosted by its graduation rate, which
improved from 67 percent to 71 percent. Graduation rates are
weighted heavily in the U.S. News rankings. UB also scored well in
academic reputation, student selectivity and student retention.
Also earning a top ranking with U.S. News was UB's School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, ranked No. 64 among the nation's
best undergraduate engineering programs at schools whose highest
degree is a doctorate. UB's School of Management is again ranked as
one of the best undergraduate business programs with a ranking of
No. 87 out of 625 accredited schools, higher than any other
business school in the State University of New York system.
"We are delighted to see so many SUNY schools ranked among the
nation's "Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report again this
year," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "In New York,
Governor Cuomo and our public colleges have worked very hard to
provide an education of the highest quality that is both affordable
and accessible. Today's rankings are a testament to our success and
to the outstanding quality of our campuses throughout New York
The rankings are available at http://www.usnews.com.