SUNY Oswego ranks with region's best, guides say

U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the Top Public Regional Universities in the North for 2011 in rankings released Aug. 17, a week after Princeton Review included Oswego in its book “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition.”

Oswego is No. 18 on the U.S. News list of the best 50 public campuses in the Northern region this year.

U.S. News also selected Oswego for its “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list. In New York, the A-plus list encompasses such schools as Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, SUNY’s University of Buffalo, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The ever-watched and oft-disputed U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” guide encompass more than 1,400 colleges nationwide, compared on a set of 15 performance indicators from freshman retention to financial resources to peer assessment.

Many of the U.S. News rankings are online at www.usnews.com/colleges and in the September issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Northeastern college guide

Oswego 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.

Much of the information in the book is also online in the PrincetonReview.com “Best Regional Colleges.”

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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(Posted: Aug 19, 2010)

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