Rankings and Awards

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Alfred State College should be your top choice. Every year Pioneers are honored to receive top rankings and awards from those who judge the best colleges and universities across the United States. The hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni is recognized as exceptional at Alfred State.

Honored by US News and World Report as the overall #1 SUNY Regional College year after year and best for veterans.

#1 SUNY Regional College

Crowned the Ultimate US College Town in a Washington Post analysis placing Alfred's caring community #1.

#1 Ultimate US College Town

Ranked #1 by Affordable Colleges as the best NY State school for low-income and first-generation families.

#1 in NYS by Affordable Colleges

Named the #1 Value for Return on Investment (ROI) in a Georgetown study of WNY graduate earnings over 10 years.

#1 for WNY Return on Investment

200+ Labs! ASC is the 1st SUNY college or university to include applied learning in every major.

200+ Labs & Hands-On Experiences

Listed by experts as a top choice among US or NY State colleges for students seeking specific programs.

Top Choice for Dozens of Majors

Won the #1 Most Affordable Online Business School in NY State honor from the Bachelor's Degree Center.

#1 Most Affordable Online Business School

Is Alfred State College a Good School?

Yes, and we can prove it. When students are searching for their major, most of our programs have ASC ranked on a national top 10 list and/or the best in New York State.

Honors include the US News & World Report Best Colleges list, high scores from student reviews, and additional national rankings. Listed below are some of the ways in which the college is grateful for being named outstanding.

US News & World Report: Best Colleges

The prestigious US News list compares Alfred State to all Northern Regional Colleges in an 11-state territory of the northeastern US along with our fellow State University of New York (SUNY) institutions. The honors listed below include links to our rankings.

Ranking Major Name
No. 1 SUNY Northern Regional College
No. 1 SUNY Regional College for Veterans
No. 1 SUNY Regional College for Least Debt
No. 2 SUNY Regional College for Best Value
No. 2 Northern Regional College with 2,500 or more Students
No. 2 New York's Best Public Colleges
No. 3 SUNY Regional College for Social Mobility
No. 3 Northern Regional College for Veterans
No. 4 Northern Regional College for Least Debt
No. 4 New York's Best among Public and Private Colleges
No. 6 SUNY for an Online Bachelor's Degree

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Top College Rankings with Selected Majors

A detailed, alphabetized list of all the Top College Rankings with Selected Majors is updated as of January 2024. Listed below are some of our rankings in the US Top Ten and best in New York State.

13 Top-Ranked Bachelor's Degrees
28 Top-Ranked Associate Degrees

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Online Learning Honors

In addition to being ranked by US News as the #1 SUNY Regional College, a Georgetown Study proved that ASC graduates have the highest 10-year earnings versus costs of any school in Western New York. Bachelor's Degree Center lists ASC #1 in New York State as the most affordable for business students. Alfred State is also highly acclaimed for students seeking these majors:

Ranking Major Name
No. 1 in NY Construction Supervisor (BTech)
No. 1 in NY Health Information Tech (AAS)
No. 1 in NY Healthcare Management (BTech)
No. 1 in NY Human Services Management (BS)
No. 1 in NY Nursing (RN to BS)
No. 1 in NY Technology Management (BBA)
No. 6 SUNY For Online Bachelor's Degrees

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Most Affordable & Best Rankings

Ranking Source
No. 1 NY
No. 6 in US
For Low-income Students
Best Colleges for Low-Income Students | AffordableColleges.com
No. 1 Most Affordable Most Affordable New York Public College under 4,000 Enrollment | BestValueSchools.com
Best of Best US colleges supporting Students with Average Scores | CollegeXpress.com
Unique Majors US colleges with Unique Majors: Motorsports Technology | CollegeXpress.com
Associate Degrees & On-campus Housing US Colleges offering both Associate Degrees and On-campus Housing | CollegeXpress.com
No. 1 Return on Investment Return on Investment (ROI) among all WNY Graduate Earnings | Georgetown University
High-quality Online Programs Awarded for High-quality Online Programs and Support Services | Open SUNY+
Best Northeastern College Named to the Best Northeastern Colleges List | Princeton Review

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Campus Experience Honors

Ranking Source
No. 1 Ultimate US College Town No. 1 Ultimate US College Town for Alfred's Caring Community | Washington Post
Military Friendly School Military Friendly School Award for Exceeding Standards | GI Jobs
Voter Friendly Campus Award from Nonpartisan Campus Vote Project
No. 14 Best Campus No. 14 Best Campus among New York Public Colleges | Niche.com
No. 15 Best College Food No. 15 Best College Food among New York Public Colleges | Niche.com
No. 8 Best College Dorms No. 8 Best College Dorms among New York Public Colleges | Niche.com
No. 10 Best Student Life No. 10 Best Student Life among New York Public Colleges | Niche.com
Top Equestrian Activities Top colleges with Strength in Equestrian Activities | CollegeXpress.com

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Student, Faculty, & Staff Excellence

Award Recognition
SUNY: 2023 Faculty and Staff Chancellor's Awards
SUNY: 2023 Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence
Jared Coffin wins bronze medal at SkillsUSA Championships
Trap team finishes fifth in nation
Alfred State Athletics: Student-Athlete & Team Achievements