SUNY Oswego rises sharply in U.S. News rankings

SUNY Oswego jumps to 44th place in U.S. News & World Report rankings—a 14-place rise—in the list of 2017 Top Regional Universities in the North.

“The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect SUNY Oswego’s tireless commitment to build on our high standards and past success as an insightful, innovative and focused campus community,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

SUNY Oswego’s tie for 12th in the North region for participating public institutions shows the college is a great value with an outstanding academic reputation and track record of student success, said Stanley, who added the rankings recognize how SUNY Oswego is hitting performance marks the institution set for itself. 

Oswego tied for 44th in the North overall with other public and private schools that include Niagara University, Molloy College, Sacred Heart College (Connecticut) and SUNY Oneonta, according to U.S. News rankings released Sept. 13. The ranking also earned inclusion in U.S. News’ list of “Best Value Schools” for the region.

Better outcomes in Oswego’s average first-year retention rate, actual and predicted graduation rates, percentage of classes under 20 students, student-faculty ratio and percentage of full-time faculty contributed to the rise in the rankings.

U.S. News also selected Oswego for its “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list, as it has in recent years. This unranked A-plus list in regional universities also includes the likes of the College of New Jersey; Bentley, Quinnipiac and Towson universities; Emerson, Ithaca, Le Moyne, Manhattan and Marist colleges; and fellow SUNY comprehensive colleges Geneseo and New Paltz.

Earlier this year, U.S. News also ranked SUNY Oswego 20th among online master of business administration programs nationally—the highest of any institution in the state, according to U.S. News’ 2016 “Best Online Degree Programs: MBA.” Oswego’s School of Business was the only public school in New York to crack the list’s top 100 online graduate business programs.

The new rankings placed Oswego 25th on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report list of Best Colleges for Veterans among Regional Universities in the North. The college’s service for veterans, active-duty military and family members has also earned Oswego recognition as a Best for Vets College by Military Times, a Military Friendly School by Military Advanced Education and a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

U.S. News’ staff compiles data from hundreds of schools around the country, striving to offer prospective college students and their parents the best analysis available for comparing academic excellence. U.S. News & World Report defines regional universities as institutions that “provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs” but “few, if any, doctoral programs.” The service ranks 653 universities in all between the North, South, Midwest and West regions.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a testament to the excellent programs and services provided by faculty and staff across SUNY, and a reminder to our current and future students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree that will serve them well long after graduation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to SUNY Oswego on this much-deserved recognition.”

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(Posted: Sep 13, 2016)