By Eric Malanoski (Townsquare Media News)

SUNY Oneonta is among the top 50 colleges in the Northeast for the third year in a row, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings of “Best Colleges.” The college jumped three spots to No. 44 in the “Best  Regional Universities—North” category. Among public institutions in the region, SUNY Oneonta is ranked No. 12.

Oneonta is one of 11 SUNY schools that made the top 100 this year in the “Best

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Regional Universities—North” category.  The U.S. News ranking is the second national accolade in recent weeks recognizing SUNY Oneonta’s academic quality and value. Last week, Colleges of Distinction published its 2017 higher education guide, which recognizes SUNY Oneonta for academic excellence, focus on undergraduate teaching, innovative learning experiences, opportunities for personal development, and career and graduate school preparation.