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SUNY Geneseo Awards & Rankings

Prospective students commonly consider Geneseo alongside a broad range of selective private and public institutions. Those who choose Geneseo do so because of its reputation as an exceptional liberal arts college, and with the knowledge that they will receive a first-rate education at a fraction of the cost of many competing institutions.

The excellent value of SUNY Geneseo is further reinforced by its consistently high ranking in respected education review guides such as Fiske Guide, U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review. Some of our most recent rankings and honors are listed below. Ready to apply?

These rankings represent a selection of some of SUNY Geneseo's top distinctions from the most widely-known and respected ranking lists. Some department-specific awards and rankings may also be found in department news or on department websites.

Geneseo is a Top 100 Public College

SUNY Geneseo is in the top 100 on Business First's list of the nation’s top public colleges, ranking 66th out of 485 four-year public institutions in the country.

SUNY Geneseo Cracks Peace Corps’ Top 10 Colleges

SUNY Geneseo ranked No. 8 among medium-sized schools on the agency’s list of top 25 volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. For the past six years, Geneseo has consistently ranked within the top 25 medium-sized schools. This year marks the highest ranking for the College since entering the ranks in 2014. There are 25 alums currently volunteering in countries around the world.

Geneseo Named Top Fulbright Producer for Third Year Running

For the third time in the college’s history and the third consecutive year, SUNY Geneseo has been named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced in its annual article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A Princeton Review 'Green College' for 10 Years Running

SUNY Geneseo has been named among the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The College has consistently been included in the annual guide since it was first published in 2010.

SUNY Geneseo Awarded NSF Grant for Undergrad Research

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences has awarded a $166,212 grant to SUNY Geneseo to support a collaborative undergraduate research project on understanding stellar structure. The three-year grant, led by professor of physics Aaron Steinhauer, will fund two undergraduate researchers per year and travel to telescopes in Arizona and Australia.

Service and Research Boost Washington Monthly Rankings

Washington Monthly magazine has again ranked SUNY Geneseo second overall among master’s universities for its contributions to the public good across three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. To be at the top of the ranking, colleges need to “be excellent across the full breadth of our measures, rather than excelling in just one measure,” the editors note. It’s the seventh year in a row that Geneseo has been in the top five of their classification.

Princeton Names SUNY Geneseo a 'Best College'

SUNY Geneseo has again been selected by The Princeton Review as a "Best College" for undergraduate education. Geneseo also appears on their Best Regional Colleges list for the Northeast and 399 Green Colleges list.

Kiplinger Names Geneseo a 2019 Best College Value

SUNY Geneseo has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 400 Best College Values for 2019, ranking 96th on the comprehensive list of the nation's public and private colleges.

Geneseo a Forbes Best Value College

SUNY Geneseo has been named to Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Value Colleges” list, ranking 115th on the comprehensive list of 300 public and private colleges, up from 175th when Forbes first began the ranking in 2016. The College ranks fifth out of the ten SUNY institutions on the list.

Fiske Guide Notes Geneseo's Private College Feel

SUNY Geneseo appears in the 2020 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. Inclusion in the guide as a “best and most interesting” college is based on the quality of academic offerings and includes students’ social and quality-of-life ratings.

Geneseo Ranked a Top National Public College

SUNY Geneseo is on a list of the nation’s top public colleges, ranking 65th out of 505 four-year public institutions in the country and 19th among the 73 eastern region colleges on the survey, compiled by Business First, a Buffalo-based publication. The 2019 survey results were based on academic excellence, affordability, diversity, and economic strength.

We're a Peace Corps Top-Producing College Five Years Running

SUNY Geneseo is ranked No. 13 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Currently, 22 Geneseo alumni are volunteering with the worldwide program.