GENESEO, N.Y. – Washington Monthly magazine has ranked SUNY Geneseo third overall among 634 master’s universities in the nation for its contributions to the public good across three broad categories: social mobility, research and service. It’s the fourth year in a row that Geneseo has been in the top five schools in the rankings. The college ranked 5th last year.
Geneseo also ranked 55th in the northeast category for “Best Bang for the Buck” among the 386 colleges in the survey’s northeast category. Geneseo ranked 101st last year.
“This ranking corroborates the sustained commitment to service among our students, faculty and staff,” said Meaghan Arena, Geneseo’s vice president for enrollment management. “Advancing the public good is built into the fabric of the Geneseo experience, and both current students and alumni tell us it’s among the most rewarding aspects of their time here. We are very pleased to shine so brightly in these rankings.”
The magazine’s 2016 rankings include 634 colleges in its master’s universities category, which includes schools that offer comprehensive undergraduate programs, some master's programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. Geneseo offers master’s degrees in education and accounting.
The magazine defines social mobility as recruiting and graduating low-income students and helping them earn degrees. The research category comprises the production of cutting-edge scholarship and students who go on to earn doctorates. Service was defined as encouraging students to give something back to their country. The overall score is calculated by combining the scores of all three categories.
Geneseo fared particularly well in the research category, ranking ninth in the number of alumni who go on to earn a doctorate and in the Peace Corps category, ranking 7th in the nation in the number of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps, relative to size.
Washington Monthly has published its rankings since 2005. View the complete 2016 rankings.