Return on Investment

SUNY Cobleskill Ranked As a Top New York College Offering Best Lifetime Return on Investment

SUNY Cobleskill was ranked among the top New York colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment by (AC Online), a resource for college affordability and financial aid information. Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over thirty years, and earn more on average than graduates from other New York schools.

“SUNY Cobleskill is proud to be ranked among New York’s top colleges for providing an outstanding education that is affordable and produces results for graduates,” said Debra Thatcher, Acting President.  “Return on investment is a priority for today’s college-bound students and their parents and this recognition demonstrates the exceptional value and career opportunities a Cobleskill education provides.”

The most recent SUNY Report card shows that 85 percent of baccalaureate students and 75 percent of associate degree students who began their academic careers at SUNY Cobleskill earned a their degree from the Cobleskill or another SUNY campus. SUNY Cobleskill also ranked in the Top 10 of all SUNY campuses for internship opportunities, according to the most recent Student Opinion Survey, and many of those internships lead directly to jobs for graduates.  “SUNY Cobleskill has a nearly 100-year record of educating students in a small, friendly environment where the faculty are committed to helping them develop their talents and prepare for career success,” Thatcher added. “Our students can be confident they are well-prepared for a successful future.”

AC Online developed the following criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College”:

  • Fully accredited institution
  • Either public or private
  • Four-year, degree-granting institution
  • ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report

AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using the following highly respected, authoritative data sets:

  • NCES (, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.
  • IPEDS (, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.
  • Carnegie Classification (, a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
  • (, the premier salary data collection organization.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in New York that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

About SUNY Cobleskill

The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill has a rich academic tradition that spans nearly 100 years. Today, over 2,500 students are enrolled in the 52 associate and baccalaureate degree programs offered through The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and The School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Students live and learn on a modern, 782-acre campus that features outstanding educational facilities, including a contiguous farm with a new equestrian center and 200-cow dairy facility, fish hatchery, specialized classrooms and laboratories, student-run restaurant, nationally accredited child development and child care centers, art gallery, and 10 residence halls. The new Center for Environmental Sciences and Technologies and the $38.7 million Center for Agricultural and Natural Resources, scheduled to open in Fall 2014, symbolize the college’s dedication to providing students with state-of-the-art facilities to pursue study in Environmental and Energy Technology, Plant Sciences, Fisheries & Wildlife, and Animal Sciences. The campus is also home to the Center for Rural Emergency Medical Services. Follow us on Twitter @sunycobleskill .

About AC Online

Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice, and cost savings ideas. AC Online is a trusted resource for college stats and rankings. Most recently the site launched a feature that provides students with a categorized directory of free online introductory, or “101”, classes from several top named U.S. universities such as MIT, Michigan and U.C. Berkeley.