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Oswego Named a 'Best in the Northeast' College Again

Oswego is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the education services company Princeton Review.

Best North Eastern

Oswego is one of 220 institutions recommended in the “Best in the Northeast” section of the website featuring “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that went live this month on The Princeton Review does not rank colleges on its regional lists. Oswego has made the list every year since the first edition in 2003.

“We’re pleased to recommend Oswego to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose Oswego and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. Our ‘regional best’ colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges — a select group, indeed.”

From several hundred schools in each region, Princeton Review crafted its list based on data collected from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff as well as of college counselors and advisers. Princeton Review also takes into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey.

Also this rankings season, U.S. News named Oswego’s part-time master of business administration program among the best in the nation, and the top program in Central New York.

In its 2013 ranking of part-time MBA programs offered by accredited schools of business, U.S. News placed SUNY Oswego’s program at No. 200, tied with St. John’s University, Georgia Southern University, Seattle Pacific University and six others.

“This is a national ranking — not bad for a mid-size comprehensive college,” said Richard Skolnik, dean of the SUNY Oswego School of Business. “It’s a re-affirmation of the quality education our students receive in our MBA program, in particular the quality and convenience of the part-time program for working professionals who are juggling jobs, family and education.”

Skolnik pointed out that SUNY Oswego in recent years has worked to raise the profile and accessibility of its MBA offerings, including an all-online MBA degree program launched last year whose course offerings serve both full- and part-time students. Among other initiatives, Tammie Sullivan '04, M '05, director of MBA programs, hosted an MBA Directors Forum in June at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse.

“This is big for us,” Sullivan said, noting the institution has worked hard for the past three years to earn this kind of recognition.

Rankings of part-time MBA programs are published for 250 of the top 326 schools. Northwestern University is No. 1. Among Upstate schools on the list besides Oswego are the University of Rochester (41), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (78), SUNY University of Buffalo (98), Canisius and Marist colleges (162), Union Graduate College (187), Niagara University and St. John Fisher College (193), St. Bonaventure University (220), Le Moyne College (250), SUNY Binghamton University, Ithaca College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

To qualify for a ranking, a part-time MBA program must be offered at a school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and enroll at least 20 students. Ranking criteria included average peer assessment score, average Graduate Management Admission Test score, average undergraduate GPA, student work experience and the percentage of the business school’s 2011 MBA enrollment that was part time.

— Julie Harrison Blissert

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