Geneseo Tops Washington Monthly Rankings

Three women graduates hold their SUNY Geneseo degrees at Commencement 2021

Graduates celebrate Commencement 2021 (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

Washington Monthly magazine has named SUNY Geneseo number one on its annual list based on what schools do for the country. The magazine ranked Geneseo first among 616 master’s universities in the nation on its “2021 Master’s University Rankings” 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 noted. It’s the ninth year in a row that Geneseo has been in the top five of the master’s list.

SUNY Geneseo also reached the top 50 in Washington Monthly’s “2021 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Northeast,” which lists colleges that “help non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” Geneseo vaulted more than 60 spots from last year on the list of nearly 400 colleges and universities.

Finally, the magazine named the College to its “Best Colleges for Student Voting” honor roll, an unranked list of the nation’s top colleges that “do the most to turn students into citizens.”

Washington Monthly is a nonprofit magazine sponsored in part by the Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Foundation for Civic Leadership. The magazine has published its rankings since 2005. 


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