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Service and Research Boost Washington Monthly Rankings

Students conducting field research

Students conducting field research (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)

Washington Monthly magazine has again ranked SUNY Geneseo second overall among 606 master’s universities in the nation 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 note. It’s the seventh year in a row that Geneseo has been in the top five of their classification.

In the magazine’s 2019 rankings, Geneseo fared exceptionally well in the service and research category, ranking first and ninth, respectively. As part of the service category, Geneseo was ranked third in Peace Corps participation, and ranking ninth in the magazine’s “bachelor’s to Ph.D. ranking” bolstered the research standing.

SUNY Geneseo also made the magazine’s new “Best 80 Colleges for Student Voting 2019” honor roll, an unranked list of the nation’s top colleges that “do the most to turn students into citizens.”

“It’s no surprise to me that our students are recognized for their deep commitment to civic engagement and giving back to their community without expecting anything in return,” said Costas Solomou, Geneseo’s vice president for enrollment. “As global citizens, our students recognize the importance of engaging in meaningful research that will contribute to the greater good.” 

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

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