/PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11
Geneseo is starting the spring 2013 semester with two national accolades.
The college was recently ranked first for out-of-state students and ninth for in-state students in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 2013 list of best values among the nation's public four-year colleges. The rankings recognize four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
The annual list of the top 100 schools is available in Kiplinger's February 2013 issue and online.
"I believe this ranking and others like it reflect what Geneseo focuses on year after year: A commitment at every level to providing the highest quality undergraduate learning experience possible," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "Students here are challenged in the classroom, but they also enjoy life-enhancing experiences beyond class that result in graduates thoroughly prepared for the next phase of their lives and for leadership in the 21st century. We frequently receive thanks from alumni for what the liberal and liberating education at Geneseo has done for them."
Geneseo's in-state tuition is $5,570 per year with total costs of about $18,000. For out-of-state students, the figures rise to $14,820 and $27,330, respectively. Kiplinger's assesses quality according to a number of measures, including the admissions rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low tuition, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
U.S. News & World Report has also placed Geneseo first among universities in the country's north region for providing a high quality education while spending relatively less than its peers to achieve it.
This is the first year U.S. News has published rankings based on operating efficiency, generated by dividing a school's 2011 fiscal year financial resources per student by its overall score in the 2013 best colleges rankings. Geneseo ranked 10th in the north region in the latest general rankings and had a 2011 financial resources per student figure of $15,383. The rankings factor in spending per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures to determine financial resources. U.S. News best colleges rankings are among the most closely followed in the world.