GENESEO, N.Y. - 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's in-state ranking is a jump of two places from last year. The out-of-state ranking remains the same.
The magazine produces the list based on outstanding educational and economic value. The annual rankings of the top 100 schools are available in Kiplinger's February 2011 issue and online.
"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 Christopher C. Dahl, president of Geneseo. "Great teaching attracts great students and this survey underscores the outstanding work of our faculty."
Geneseo's faculty continue to receive accolades for their work. In the past three years, for example, 10 faculty members have received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Forty faculty members have received SUNY distinguished professorships since 1973.
Students also continue to excel. Four Geneseo seniors received Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence last May. This year's entering class had a mean SAT score of 1340,a mean ACT score of 29 and a mean high school GPA of 94. More than half ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
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."
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