Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

Hats off: Long Island scored another solid B on the U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges report card, with eight Island schools ranking in various categories.

Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain.

That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics.

As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative of solid educational standards and middle-of-the-road educational costs, though nothing that specifically reflects the world-class science and engineering research happening every day at Island schools.

No Long Island-based institutions made the report’s National Liberal Arts Colleges category, for instance, and none topped the particular categories they did crack – though three regional institutions were ranked among the top national universities: Stony Brook University (No. 97 in the nation), Hofstra University (No. 132) and Adelphi University (No. 151) all made the national cut.

Those three schools also topped Long Island’s entries in the New York Universities category, finishing in the same order: SBU (No. 11 in the state), followed by Hempstead’s Hofstra (No. 15) and Garden City’s Adelphi (No. 18).

One regional standout in the 2018 survey was Farmingdale State College, which was ranked the No. 7 public college in the North Region – up two spots from its 2017 ranking – and the No. 15 school when comparing all public and private colleges in the North.

Farmingdale State also landed a number of less splashy but equally interesting and highly encouraging rankings, including a second-place score in the Least Debt Upon Graduation category.

The school’s improved performance in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey is “further evidence that Farmingdale State College provides both high-quality education and great value,” according to college president John Nader.

“That is reflected in our strong regional reputation for high-quality programs, retention, diversity and affordability,” Nader said Tuesday. “Our graduates possess a degree that is held in esteem by Long Island employers and often begin their careers without the burden of college debt.”

Four Long Island schools landed in the annual report’s North Regional Universities category, led by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, which U.S. News & World Report deemed the No. 3 North Regional University.

Also making the North Regional list were Rockville Centre’s Molloy College (No. 41), NYIT-Old Westbury (No. 47) and LIU-Post in Brookville (No. 102). New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus was also ranked 57th for Engineering Programs in schools where doctorate-level engineering is not offered.

Other notable rankings from the Long Island region: The Merchant Marine Academy was also rated the No. 2 best public school in the North Region, behind the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, while Hofstra was also deemed the nation’s No. 71 Best Value for higher education. Stony Brook, the nation’s No. 119 Best Value, was ranked the 58th best college for veterans.

Old Westbury’s NYIT campus also ranked well for veterans and value – ranked Nos. 28 and 78, respectively – while Adelphi boasted the nation’s 331st best business program.

U.S. News & World Report has published its Best Colleges rankings annually since 1983, factoring “16 measures of academic excellence” based largely on classifications by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie system, used by U.S. News & World Report since it started ranking colleges in 1983, is a common yardstick for higher-education researchers.

Through some form of advanced-placement mathematics normal people are not meant to understand, seven schools were ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the Top 5 National Universities. Princeton and Harvard universities finished one-two, the University of Chicago and Yale University tied for third and the Massachusetts Institute of Chicago tied with Columbia and Stanford universities for fourth, or fifth through seventh, or however the math works. Regardless, they’re all good schools.

The nation’s Top 5 liberal arts colleges, according to the report, are Williams College in Massachusetts, Amherst College in Massachusetts, Bowdoin College in Maine, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Check out U.S. News & World Report’s full 2018 rankings right here.