GENESEO, N.Y. - U.S. News & World Report has ranked SUNY Geneseo first among four North Region universities identified as having a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Geneseo is one of 86 schools from the four regions of the country on the list, contained in the magazine's 2011 rankings of the nation's top colleges and universities.
Geneseo also made another strong showing this year in the magazine's general rankings, placing second among the "Top Public Universities" list for the North Region. It also ranks 12th in the "Best Regional Universities" category for the same region, a category that combines both public and private institutions.
"Our faculty's strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student success is the primary reason we continue to attract very strong students and faculty to our campus," said Carol S. Long, provost at Geneseo. "We are pleased our peers continue to validate our academic quality through their responses to this highly visible survey."
The 86 colleges and universities in the country in the "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching" category were selected from data collected in a spring 2010 peer assessment survey of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans from their ranking category. They were asked to identify up to ten schools in their category with an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.
SUNY Geneseo is also listed among all public and private schools in the country with the lowest acceptance rates, highest graduation rates and highest freshman retention rates. Geneseo's rates are 35%, 80% and 90.8%, respectively.
"We are always pleased with our strong showing in these rankings but continue to advise parents and students to use them as one of many tools to assess quality," said Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services at Geneseo.
All of this year's rankings are available online and will be published in the September 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 31.