For Immediate Release April 22, 2004
Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
SUNY GENESEO RANKS AMONG TOP
"UNWIRED" COLLEGES IN U.S.
GENESEO, N.Y. The State University of New York at Geneseo has been ranked one of the top colleges in the country for wireless computing access, edging out some of the most well-known technology institutions in the nation.
Intel Corporations "Most Unwired College Campuses" survey ranked SUNY Geneseo No. 25 among the top 100 campuses where students have the freedom to wirelessly access the Internet on notebook PCs without the traditional wired connection. Students can stay connected to the World Wide Web whether they are in a residence hall, library or on the campus quad. (The survey results can be found at http://www.intel.com/products/mobiletechnology/unwiredcolleges.htm.)
Geneseo was the top-ranked school from the Rochester region and among State University of New York colleges and universities. Only one other Rochester-area school Rochester Institute of Technology made the list, placing at No. 98.
Other schools from the region were SUNY at Buffalo (No. 30), Syracuse University (No. 40), SUNY at Binghamton (No. 41), Alfred University (No. 44), Cornell University (No. 65) and St. Bonaventure University (No. 76).
Geneseo appears on the list alongside top colleges and universities, including Dartmouth (No. 5), Carnegie Mellon University (No. 6), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 26), Bucknell University (No. 55), Stanford (No. 68) and Harvard (No. 69).
The Intel survey was conducted by researcher Bert Sperling, who specializes in collecting and analyzing data for the nationally known "Best Places" surveys. The findings are based on the number of hotspots, undergraduates and computers at the schools, in addition to the ratio of computers to students. The results also were based on the percentage of each college campus that is covered by wireless technology. The data was collected from university interviews and documents, and a variety of industry sources.
This honor is one of many that Geneseo has received for technology. For four consecutive years (1998-2001), Yahoo! Internet Life, the nations leading Web magazine, named Geneseo to its list of "100 Most Wired Colleges" in the country. And last October, Geneseo was listed No. 84 on The Princeton Reviews list of "Americas Most Connected Campuses," which was published in Forbes.
To create its list, The Princeton Review looked at the technological sophistication of 351 leading U.S. colleges. The rating included responses from students and data from administrators. Other criteria included the student-computer ratio, wireless access on campus and the breadth of the computer science curriculum.
Placement on these lists, college officials say, demonstrates how computers and technology have become an integral part of academic and social life at Geneseo.
In addition, this year U.S. News & World Report ranked Geneseo No. 10 in the category "Best University-Masters" for all American colleges in the northern region and No. 2 among the top public universities in the north. The Princeton Review acknowledged Geneseo in its 2004 edition for its accessible and nurturing professors, student life activities and "beautiful campus," and last fall Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine ranked Geneseo No. 32 among the top 100 public universities in the nation.