For Immediate Release—Friday, August 17, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo again ranked No. 2
in the North by U.S. News & World Report

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo once again has been ranked among the nation's best schools in U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

In the 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges," Geneseo ranked No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities—Master's" for the Northern region.

Geneseo also advanced three spots to appear at No. 11 among the "Best Universities—Master's" for the Northern region. U.S. News takes into account both public and private colleges and universities in this category.

Widely consulted nationally by parents and students, the exclusive U.S. News rankings confirm that Geneseo is viewed as a premier public liberal arts college in America. The rankings will be published Aug. 17 online at and in the Aug. 27 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands Aug. 20.

"Our consistent presence at the top of this list is a tribute to our faculty, students and staff," said SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "Geneseo is focused on excellence in undergraduate education, and for us academic quality is our constant goal."

"The U.S. News rankings are one of the ways Geneseo captures the attention of thousands of students who visit and then apply for a place in the entering class," said Dahl.

This month, 975 students who were selected from an applicant pool of 11,000 will enter the first-year class at Geneseo, said Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services at Geneseo.

"Geneseo's second-place ranking among all public undergraduate colleges in the North is realistic in light of our increasing selection standards and attraction from students throughout the northeastern part of the United States," said Caren.

Geneseo Provost Kate Conway-Turner said the rankings are a validation students are viewing Geneseo as a viable alternative to private education.

"They are coming to see Geneseo and are getting 'wowed' by it," she said. "Once they see it, they want to come here."

"We have superb faculty who are dedicated to our student body. They work tirelessly to provide the very best education both inside the classroom and with projects, research and performances outside the classroom," said Conway-Turner. "One thing that continues to impress our students is that, as undergraduates, they can be involved in significant research projects, working alongside their professors. It's a wonderful wide-ranging experience, and many of our students are involved in funded research during the summers in numerous areas, including physics, biochemistry and cell biology."

Conway-Turner pointed out that each year the college has an increasing number of students publishing and presenting their research. More than 400 students participated in this year's G.R.E.A.T. Day—Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent—to showcase their research, exhibits and performances.

U.S. News determines its rankings by gathering data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, student retentions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate and graduation rate performance.