SUNY Geneseo Earns the Top Spot in Washington Monthly Ranking

Two graduates show their diplomas after graduation.

Graduates at Commencement 2023 (SUNY Geneseo/Matt Burkhartt)

SUNY Geneseo is beginning its academic year as best in the nation.

Geneseo earned first place in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings of more than 600 master’s universities in the nation for contribution to the public good.

Washington Monthly’s 2023 College Guide and Rankings ranks four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service. Geneseo is #1 in service, #2 in research, and #69 in social mobility.

To be at the top of the ranking, colleges must excel across the full breadth of measures rather than excelling in just one category, the editors note. Geneseo has been in the top five of the master’s list for 11 consecutive years.

SUNY Geneseo is also ranked 62 of 250 Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast. The "best bang for the buck" category is a measure of how well an institution helps non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

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


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