SUNY Old Westbury Named to Money ‘Best Colleges in America’ List

Three female students at Orientation

SUNY Old Westbury is ranked among the Top 10 percent on the Money Best Colleges in America 2022 list, which recognizes colleges and universities across the country that combine quality and affordability. 

In compiling its list, Money reviewed more than 2,400 four-year colleges and scored those ranked against 24 measures in three areas: quality, affordability and outcomes. SUNY Old Westbury came in at 242 in the overall rankings. 

“Our quality measures focus on graduation rates,” Money’s executive editor Mike Ayers stated in announcing the rankings. “For affordability, we weighed the net price of a degree, student and parent borrowing, and loan repayment rates,” Ayers continued. “For outcomes, we consider median earnings, the share of alumni working, and the share of alumni earning more than a high school grad. …

“We might be a bit biased,” he concluded, “but we think that Money’s ‘Best Colleges’ is the most helpful list in the market to help prospective students, parents, and counselors make the best decision for one’s future.”

In evaluating a college’s outcomes (30% of a school’s score), Money used data including employment outcomes and earnings 10 years after entering college, both culled from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, as well as economic mobility index information from the nonprofit Third Way think tank and return on investment data from the nonprofit, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center.