For Immediate Release—Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Featured in
The Princeton Review's
"America's Best Value Colleges"

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo is one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions, according to The Princeton Review, which included the college for the first time in its book "America's Best Value Colleges."

The 2008 edition of the book, in its third year of publication, profiles 165 colleges selected for excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low tuition. The book hits newsstands today—Tuesday, April 24. In addition, a list of all the schools will be available today at

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on data it obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year and its surveys of students attending the schools. More than 30 factors in four areas—academics, "tuition GPA" (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), financial aid and student borrowing—were considered in identifying the "best value" colleges. A total of 90 public and 75 private colleges were selected for this edition.

"We are pleased to be recognized as one of America's 'Best Value Colleges' by the Princeton Review," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo. "This national attention validates what many of our students and parents already know: Geneseo is an outstanding public liberal arts college that offers an education for leadership and success in life at an affordable price to both in-state and out-of-state students. As evidenced by this year's record number of applications, more and more high-achieving students are making Geneseo their college of choice."

The book, which contains a three-page profile of Geneseo, is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual "The Best 361 Colleges." Most recently, Geneseo was named a Best Northeastern College in the education service company's 2007 edition of that book, published in August 2006.

 "America's Best Value Colleges" notes the quality of Geneseo's academics and student life. One student is quoted as saying, "Geneseo is about the Ivy League education but with public school expenses." The book notes that 44 percent of the college's graduates go on to graduate programs and that 80 percent of recent graduates accepted jobs in New York state.

The book states "Geneseo has the highest four-year graduation rate of any public undergraduate college in the nation" and that "men's ice hockey games have recently become major campus events." It also notes the student-faculty ration is 19:1 and that all courses are taught by faculty, not graduate students.

The Princeton Review writes: "The most selective of the 13 universities in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Geneseo is regarded as the SUNY honors college and boasts a professionally focused education that is on par with the educational experience at many of the nation's finest private universities. At Geneseo, all the state-school stereotypes are thrown out the window; the school is small (fewer than 5,500 students), the academics emphasize undergraduate teaching, and the campus is lovely. There are also enough programs, clubs, and opportunities to make a private school blush. Professors not only have impressive resumes but also care about their students and are always willing to help. And unlike many schools, Geneseo offers few classes taught by TAs. Students here work hard and take pride in it."

The Princeton Review accolades arrive on the heels of laurels from another national publication. In January, Geneseo again was ranked at the top of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges among the nation's four-year public colleges and universities. The college was ranked No. 2 best value for out-of-state students and No. 7 for best value for in-state students among public schools across the country.

Last year, in addition to The Princeton Review's "The Best 361 Colleges," Geneseo received national acclaim in other publications. The College was ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of  "America's Best Colleges" as No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities—Master's" for the northern region. In addition, The New York Times named Geneseo one of the country's "hidden gems" that "is increasingly seen as a first choice for high achievers." Geneseo was one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that "are alternatives to the usual suspects," or the "brand-name institutions."