College Rankings, Distinctions & Awards


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In its “2021 America’s Best Colleges” rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked SUNY Old Westbury 11th among Regional Universities in the North for the empowering the social mobility of its student body, maintaining for the 21st consecutive year the College’s position in one of the publication's prestigious rankings. 

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The State University of New York at Old Westbury was touted by Money Magazine in its 2020-21 “Best Colleges” issue among the colleges and universities that are the best value in America. This marks the third time Old Westbury was ranked by Money, the first coming in 2018.


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SUNY Old Westbury was named one of only 89 institutions of higher education across the nation to receive the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. This is the third consecutive year the college has earned this honor. recognized logo


In 2021, SUNY Old Westbury was highlighted among's list of Top 50 Colleges for Racial and Cultural Diversity nationwide. Schools were rated based on several factors, including the ethnic makeup of the student body and faculty, graduation rates of ethnically diverse students, and facilities and programs offered to promote diversity. 

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The USA Today and College Factual "2019 Best Colleges" rankings recognized SUNY Old Westbury among the top five percent of colleges and universities nationwide for the diversity of its student body. 

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SUNY Old Westbury was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for nine consecutive years by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The award is the highest federal affirmation a college or university can receive in recognition of its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

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SUNY Old Westbury was named a 2019 “Best Public College in America” by Buffalo Business First, an American City Business Journal publication. The rankings analyzed 499 public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. Old Westbury ranks in the top 25 New York institutions.

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SUNY Old Westbury holds the prestigious Tree Campus USA® recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. At Old Westbury, 328 acres of the College’s 604-acre campus are set aside as open space under state law. The College earned this distinction in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
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The United Nations in 2017 approved SUNY Old Westbury as an official member of the United Nations Academic Impact, a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations to further the principles of human rights, sustainability, and peace through intellectual, socially responsible activities, programs and research. 

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SUNY Old Westbury in 2016 was identified among the Top 40 best values in Master of Taxation degree programs in the nation according to a ranking by the website