SUNY Canton Makes the Grade in Online Rankings


Canton's public college excels in online programming, course offerings, and student experience, according to multiple publications.

SUNY Canton has again been recognized for its outstanding online degrees from various organizations.

U.S. News and World Report recently recognized the college on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. U.S. News assessed schools based on engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion, among other criteria.

Students of all races, colors and creeds stand together in front of Southworth Library.

"The strengths of our online programming are built on the established assets of our college, including excellent student support and service, and the inclusion of our online students in all aspects of the total life of the College" said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The online modality adds flexibility to our renowned career-driven majors, making them more attractive and accessible to non-traditional and returning students seeking to expand their prospects for employability.”

The college offers 23 online programs, and 19 majors lead to a four-year degree. Approximately 1,325 students enrolled in all online programs during the Spring 2023 semester. Among the most popular online bachelor's degrees are Health Care Management, Cybersecurity, Legal Studies, Applied Psychology, and Finance.

While the college has offered online programming since the 2005-2006 academic year, the college has seen an increase in enrollments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Online education has emerged as a transformative force, meeting the evolving needs of our learners," said SUNY Canton Provost Peggy A. De Cooke. "The convenience, flexibility, and accessibility of our virtual learning platforms empower our students to pursue their academic goals and enable the continued quest for knowledge, connection and growth."

Additional rankings denoting SUNY Canton's excellence include:

  • Online Schools Guide placed SUNY Canton first in its 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Forensic Science. The ranking is based on the college's Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Investigation, which offers in-person and online classes. The college also offers an entirely online Forensic Criminology Bachelor's degree.
  • Abound: Finish College recognized SUNY Canton on its Best Online Colleges North list. SUNY Canton was selected for inclusion based on its accessibility, affordability, acceleration, and advancement. The college also appeared on the website's Best Online Colleges North list.
  • Best Accredited Colleges included SUNY Canton in their 2023 rankings. It appeared in the second slot on their list of Best Bachelor's Degrees in Law Enforcement and 43rd on the list of Best Online Associate in Accounting Degrees.
  • In August of last year, Washington Monthly placed the college on its 2022 Bachelor’s Colleges Ranking list. The magazine evaluates colleges based on their contribution to the public good based on social mobility, research, and public service.

The online-specific citations complement the college's overall standings, which include traditional on-campus learning options and activities. SUNY Canton was previously named a Best Esports College by the National Collegiate Scouting Association. It was also named a Best Value School in the 2022 U.S. News rankings.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.