The following is the text of a news release from SUNY Maritime College:
(THROGGS NECK, N.Y.) — The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College is ranked sixth in public colleges in the North region by U.S. News & World Report in the 2015 rankings of the nation’s top colleges and universities, released today by the publisher.
The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings place SUNY Maritime among the top 20 colleges overall, and among the select best publicly-funded colleges in the North region. It is the eighth consecutive year that Maritime has made the coveted U.S. News & World Report top colleges list.
“I am extremely excited that our campus has earned this distinctive recognition by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Maritime College President Michael A. Alfultis. “At Maritime, our focus on providing an affordable, quality college education that prepares our young men and women for careers in the maritime industry is of great value to the residents of New York State.”
The U.S. News & World Report ranking marks the third national accolade for Maritime in the last two months. Last month, Maritime was cited for the eighth consecutive year as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review, an accolade derived primarily from student input. In July, Maritime was selected for a second-consecutive year as a Military Friendly College.
"Again this year, we are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like Maritime College offer students top quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today’s 21st-century global economy. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses making the list for 2015.”
The U.S. News ranking is based on key measures of quality that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. The indices include: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and, alumni giving.
The U.S. News rating system rests on two pillars: The formula relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and, are based on U.S. News' researched view of what matters in education.