For Immediate Release—Friday, August 18, 2006


Debbie Hill     

Assistant Vice President for College Advancement and

Interim Asst. V.P. for Communications

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo praised for academics in annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report

Magazine's 2007 Guide to "America's Best Colleges" rates Geneseo highly

GENESEO, N.Y. — Admissions counselors at the State University of New York at Geneseo agree: the U.S. News & World Report rankings—published annually in the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" guide—matter.

U.S. News' widely consulted national college guide has once again acknowledged the outstanding liberal arts education offered by SUNY Geneseo.

In the 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges," Geneseo ranked No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities – Master's" for the northern region.

"It's gratifying to be acknowledged as one of the top two public undergraduate colleges in the north, and to see the evidence that our students are as well-qualified as those who attend the very best colleges in the country," says Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services at Geneseo.

The College also appears at No. 14 in the top tier of institutions in the category "Best Universities – Master's" for the northern region. In this category, U.S. News takes into account both public and private colleges and universities.

The overall rankings will be published online Aug. 18 at and in the Aug. 28 print edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands (along with the newsstand book "America's Best Colleges") on Aug. 21.

With a nationwide circulation of more than two million and an online and print readership of more than 13 million, the magazine's assessment of American colleges and universities continues to be one of the most influential college guides published each year.

"As always, Geneseo is pleased with this recognition from U.S. News & World Report," said SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "We know that they matter to prospective students and their parents. Geneseo's consistently high position in virtually every ranking confirms the outstanding job our faculty and staff do, year in and year out, in providing a liberal education of the highest quality for some of the most talented students from all over New York state and beyond."

U.S. News determines its rankings by gathering data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. According to U.S. News, each factor is assigned a weight that reflects the magazine's judgment of its relative importance. In addition, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. Among the factors considered are peer assessment, average freshman retention rate and average graduation rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rate.