Rankings Roundup 2015
Oswego advances in U.S. News rankings, repeats other honors

U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top 15 public regional universities in the North for 2015 in rankings released Sept. 9. The college advanced 13 places—to No. 56—on the overall list of regional universities in the North, the majority of which are private.

Oswego is No. 14 on the U.S. News accounting of the best public institutions in the Northern region this year, up from No. 16 last year.

Last month, Washington Monthly recognized Oswego in the top 100 master’s-level institutions nationally. Washington Monthly looks at “contribution to the public good,” and Oswego does well there due in part to a strong record in civic engagement and success in sending students on to doctoral programs.

The magazine puts SUNY Oswego in the top 50 public master’s-level institutions nationwide and at No. 95 among all 684 master’s-level colleges and universities, public and private, that the magazine ranked.

Meanwhile, Princeton Review in August again included Oswego among best Northeastern colleges. Oswego is one of 226 colleges that company chose for the “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Regional “best” colleges make up the top 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges.

“From hundreds of institutions we considered in each region, we selected these schools primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review. “Secondarily, we took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences.”

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Oswego tied for No. 56 among regional universities in the North with Chatham, Mercyhurst and St. Francis universities, all in Pennsylvania.

U.S. News also selected Oswego for its “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list, as it has in recent years. The A-plus list in New York includes such schools as Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY’s centers at Albany, Buffalo and Stony Brook, and Ithaca and Nazareth colleges.

The media group’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide ranks nearly 1,400 colleges nationwide, compared on a set of performance indicators.

The weighted criteria for ranking are: peer assessment, 22.5 percent; graduation and retention rates, 22.5 percent; faculty resources, 20 percent; student selectivity, 12.5 percent; financial resources, 10 percent; the difference between predicted and actual graduation rates, 7.5 percent; and alumni giving, 5 percent.

Oswego’s statistics held steady year to year, with the most notable improvement in peer assessment, an area where Oswego has always performed well but did better than ever this year. Oswego’s peer assessment of 3.0 was equal to or better than 76 institutions listed as top 100 regional universities in the North.

U.S. News rankings favor private institutions. Only 12 of the top 50 regional universities in the North (and only 1 of the top 10) are public. Washington Monthly’s national rankings, using different criteria, are uniformly half public, half private.

(Posted: Sep 09, 2014)