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SUNYIT moves up in U.S. News best college ranking

By WKTV News

SUNYIT has moved up in the ranking of colleges published in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

Having been a transfer and graduate institution for much of its history, SUNYIT became eligible for the U.S. News ranking of four-year institutions just three years ago. This year, in the “Best Regional Universities-North” category, SUNYIT was ranked 86th, up from 98th last year.

“This significant improvement in our ranking is a testament to SUNYIT’s growing institutional reputation, the quality of our faculty and academic programs, and the overall experience we provide for our students,” said SUNYIT President Wolf Yeigh. “Since we are still quite a new institution as seen by those who rank four-year colleges and universities, this is quite an achievement—one that puts SUNYIT on the map for our future students and their parents.”

The annual rankings by U.S. News group schools based on categories—retention of students and quality of faculty, among others—created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Although SUNYIT was founded in 1966 and graduated its first class in 1975, its unique history as an all-transfer and graduate institution meant it was not ranked by U.S. News and other organizations that compare colleges and universities until 2011, after it had graduated four successive classes of traditional four-year undergraduates.

“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 State.”

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