Ranks with Region's Best, Guides Say
News Media Group advanced Oswego seven places on
its “America’s Best
Colleges” list of best regional universities in the North for 2011 and Princeton
Review included Oswego
in its book The Best Northeastern
Colleges: 2011 Edition.
numerical rank improved to 67 on the U.S. News
list of regional universities in the Northern region. This
region includes 178 accredited four-year institutions that appear in the guide:
133 numerically ranked schools plus another 39 in a “second tier” grouping and
six “unranked” schools.
The ever-watched and oft-disputed U.S. News rankings encompass more than 1,400 colleges nationwide,
compared on a set of 15 performance indicators from freshman retention to
financial resources to peer assessment.
in freshman retention came after U.S.
News collected the data for the 2011 rankings, noted Joe Grant, vice
president for student affairs and enrollment. He reckoned that, a year from
would get another bump in the rankings based on the latest 81 percent freshman
retention plus improved graduation rates.
U.S. News also
for its “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list. Across Carnegie categories, the
A-Plus list encompasses such New York schools
as Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca
University, SUNY’s University of Buffalo,
and Hobart and William Smith
Northeastern college guide
is one of 218 institutions Princeton Review recommends in the 2011 edition of
its guide, The Best Northeastern Colleges,
published Aug. 10 by Random House/Princeton Review Books.
“From hundreds of institutions we reviewed in each region,
we selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent
academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice
president and publisher. “We also took into account what students attending the
institutions reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our student
survey for this project.”
Some student comments about Oswego the company chose to include in its
book: “excellent business program,” “strong education program,” “successful
honors program” and “good study-abroad options.” The college’s professors
“really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure
you do well.”
Nationwide, the colleges that Princeton Review named “regional
bests” represent about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Best Northeastern
Colleges: 2011 Edition is the seventh edition of the book. SUNY Oswego has
appeared in every edition.
— Julie Harrison Blissert and Jeff Rea '71
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