SUNY Oswego is one of the best colleges and universities in the region and country, according to the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
Oswego is one of 212 institutions the Princeton Review recommends in its book, The Best Northeastern Colleges:2009 Edition, published in August by Random House/Princeton Review Books. Oswego also earned a top ranking in the 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, appearing in the Sept. 1 issue.
The Princeton Review conducted a new 80-question survey of SUNY Oswego students last year to update its profile of the college, and Oswego's "amazing professors" came in for a lot of applause.
The profile for SUNY Oswego strings together students' phrases of praise for faculty: "Professors seem focused on creating for undergraduates a ‘personal and comfortable learning environment.' Oswego profs are ‘knowledgeable about their subject and excited to be in Oswego.' And they seem to ‘really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure you do well.'"
The survey, administered every few years at each college, asks students to rate their school on several issues - from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food - and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.
Oswego's profile also includes a list that reports topics about which students surveyed were in highest agreement. Among those in the list this year: "Great library," "Students are friendly" and "Students are happy."
Much of the information in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition is also online in the "Best in the Northeast" section of the PrincetonReview.com feature "2009 Best Colleges Region by Region."
Nationwide, the 630 colleges that Princeton Review named "regional bests" represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition is the fifth edition of the book. SUNY Oswego has appeared in every edition.
The annual ranking by U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Oswego ranked among Best Universities in the North in its Carnegie classification as a master's level institution.
Oswego tied with two private institutions, the University of New England and Southern New Hampshire University, and two public campuses, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and SUNY Brockport.
"Our U.S. News ranking is just one piece of evidence that Oswego provides an education of the highest quality," said President Deborah F. Stanley.
She noted that Oswego continuously seeks out external review of all its programs to guarantee that they meet or exceed national standards, and its programs hold national and international accreditation. The success of Oswego graduates pursuing graduate and professional study and of Oswego alumni in demanding careers is further testimony to the value of an Oswego education, she said.
"This fall we will have one of the largest and strongest entering freshmen classes drawn from applications that have risen more than 20 percent over the past two years," Stanley said. "Our more than 400 extraordinary faculty teach students in outstanding facilities that have benefited from $200 million in capital investment."
See the complete list of U.S. News rankings here.
-- Julie Harrison Blissert
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