For Immediate Release — August 22, 2003

GENESEO NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST OF THE NORTHEAST" IN NATIONAL COLLEGE GUIDES FOR 2004

College Praised for "Challenging Academics"

and "Extremely Accessible" Professors

GENESEO, N.Y. — Two well-known national college guides have once again acknowledged the outstanding liberal arts education offered by the State University of New York at Geneseo.

In the 2004 edition of "America’s Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report, Geneseo is ranked in the top 10 in the category "Best Universities – Master’s" for the northern region. U.S. News takes into account both public and private colleges and universities in this category. The only SUNY school to appear in the top tier in this category, Geneseo appears at No. 10 on the list.

Geneseo also appears at No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities – Master’s" for the northern region.

The overall rankings will be published online on Aug. 22 at http://www.usnews.com, and will be published in the weekly edition of U.S. News on Sept. 1.

Geneseo was also profiled in the just-published 2004 edition of "The Princeton Review," and the college was praised for its accessible and nurturing professors, its student life activities and its "beautiful campus."

"Future undergrads seeking a small-school experience at state-school prices would do well to consider SUNY Geneseo, the competitive liberal arts campus located in one of the system’s northern outposts," states the entry in "The Princeton Review." One Geneseo student interviewed by the publication reported that Geneseo’s greatest strength is in academics. "My class sizes are small, my professors all know me personally, and they are always available to discuss anything with their students," the student said. "The academic work is incredibly challenging – it requires a lot of time and effort to succeed here. I’m proud of the rigorous academic standards at Geneseo."

In the U.S. News & World Report’s guide to "America’s Best Colleges," Geneseo is noted for having one of the highest graduation rates of "Universities – Master’s" in the north, graduating 78 percent of students enrolled. Geneseo is also noted for having a high average freshman retention rate (91 percent).

With a nationwide circulation of more than two million and an online and print readership of more than 13 million, the magazine’s assessment of American colleges and universities continues to be one of the most influential college guides published each year.

"I am gratified that Geneseo continues to earn well-deserved recognition for its rigorous academic programs," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "The college’s dedicated faculty and staff, outstanding students, challenging curriculum, and loyal and supportive alumni are the primary reasons why Geneseo has been consistently ranked as one of the top public colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. These rankings confirm Geneseo’s long tradition of excellence in undergraduate education."

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