Jan. 18, 2011

Geneseo moves up in national rankings

Students studying by union

Students study outside of the MacVittie College Union during the fall 2010 semester, at about the same time as editors at Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine were compiling a list that included Geneseo as one of the best schools in the country for academics and value. /PHOTO BY VASILIY BAZIUK




The college is starting the spring semester with an accolade and a promotion.

SUNY Geneseo is ranked second for out-of-state students and seventh for in-state students in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine's 2011 list of best values among the nation's public four-year colleges.

Geneseo jumped two places from its in-state ranking last year. The out-of-state ranking remains the same.

"Consistency is important in the growing number of college rankings, and Geneseo's repeated strong showing in the Kiplinger survey and elsewhere illustrates that we are rightly focused on providing the highest quality undergraduate learning experience," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "Great teaching attracts great students and this survey underscores the outstanding work of our faculty."

The magazine produces the list based on outstanding educational and economic value.

Geneseo's faculty continue to receive accolades for their work. In the past three years, 10 faculty members have received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Forty faculty members have received SUNY distinguished professorships since 1973.

In addition to cost, the Kiplinger's survey factored in statistics for the 2009-10 school year such as student-faculty ratio and admission rate. At Geneseo, the student-faculty ratio is 19 to 1 and the college's admission rate is 35 percent.

Geneseo's current in-state tuition is $4,970 per year with total costs of about $17,400. For out-of-state students, the figures rise to $13,380 and $25,800, respectively.

"Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's. "Schools like these on the Kiplinger 100 list prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education - and without a huge cloud of debt."