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Geneseo Tops U.S. News’ ‘Best Undergrad Teaching’ for 8th Time

Teaching class on College's quad.

Professor Jeffery Over, Department of Geological Sciences, holds a lab class on the College Green. (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

For the eighth time, SUNY Geneseo tops the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Undergraduate Teaching” rankings among regional universities in the North in its Best Colleges 2019 guidebook. Geneseo has ranked No. 1 for eight of the nine years that the category has existed. Geneseo is the only SUNY school to make the 2019 list.

U.S. News selects the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” colleges through data collected from college presidents, provosts and admissions deans at peer institutions within their region who identified schools where the faculty demonstrated an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The College also ranked second in the “Top Public Schools” category for regional universities in the North and is 14th in the overall regional category, which comprises 187 public and private institutions. Geneseo is one of only two public colleges in the top 15 schools in the category.

U.S. News defines a regional university as one that offers a full range of majors and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.

“It is wonderful to be consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our strength in undergraduate teaching in our category,” said Geneseo President Denise A. Battles. “It is a testament to the College’s faculty and staff members, who are dedicated to ensuring our students’ academic success. U.S. News affirms what we already know, that the educational experience our students receive at Geneseo is one of the very best available.”

Geneseo’s U.S. News rankings follow a strong showing in the August Washington Monthly rankings, in which the college ranked second nationally among the nation’s 695 master’s universities for its contribution to the public good. In addition, Geneseo was once again included in the highly respected Fiske Guide to Colleges, published in July, and in the Princeton Review’s 2019 The Best 384 Colleges list for undergraduate education.

“To see a number of our schools represented in the ‘U.S. News & World Report’ college rankings is a source of pride for SUNY, as it shows that our system is a leader in higher education and that our students receive a high-quality education at our colleges,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Through educational and research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and hands-on learning experiences, every campus within our system provides our 1.4 million students with the experiences and skills they need to thrive. Congratulations to the SUNY colleges featured in the 2019 ‘U.S. News and World Report’ rankings.”

This year’s U.S. News rankings are available online and will be published in the 2019 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook.


Monique Patenaude, PhD
Director of Media Relations
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