Looking for colleges isn't easy for kids or parents.  It's a difficult process.  But if you're looking for some of the nation's best, you don't have to go outside of Western New York.

Every year, the U.S. News & World Report puts together a list of the top 50 public universities in the nation.  This year, two schools from Western New York made their list.

UB has been on this list for the past 8 years and for the past 4 years has been in the top 40.  This year they were ranked at #38 when it comes strictly to public colleges.  When you add in the private colleges too, they came in at #93 in the nation.  That's 93 out of 1900 colleges that were assessed.

According to WIVB, the factors (and their rankings) for their high ranking were:

  • 53rd – best colleges for veterans
  • 55th – social mobility
  • 63rd – undergraduate engineering programs that offer doctorate degree (35th among public schools)
  • 76th – undergraduate nursing programs (56th among public schools)
  • 82nd – undergraduate computer science programs (45th among public schools)
  • 84th – undergraduate business programs (51st among public schools)
  • 172nd – best value schools (77th among public schools)

Also included on the list was Fredonia.  They were listed at #14 when only considering public colleges in the northern United States.  When you add the private colleges in to that list, they were #62 in the north.

Are you trying to find a great school for your child?  Click here to see the full list of the top public colleges in the United states.

It really is difficult to decide on a school.  Sometimes it's just the one that feels right when you step on the campus.  Sometimes it's the one that costs what you can afford.  Sometimes it's the academic reputation, or the activities on campus.  There's SOOOO much to consider.

If you're just starting the process now....good luck!

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