SUNY Oswego a perennial best in college guides

U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2012 in rankings released Sept. 13, and Princeton Review last month included Oswego in its book “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2012 Edition.”

Oswego is No. 17 on the U.S. News accounting 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, as it did a year ago. The A-plus list in New York encompasses such schools as Rochester Institute of Technology, Fordham University, SUNY’s centers at Buffalo and Stony Brook, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges” guide encompasses more than 1,400 colleges nationwide, compared on a set of 15 performance indicators from freshman retention to financial resources to peer assessment.

U.S. News modifies its ranking methodology every year but made some significant changes this year — adjusting to the new Carnegie Foundation classifications and adding for-profit institutions for the first time. Still, Oswego’s ranking remains substantially the same as last year.

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

Northeastern college guide

Oswego is one of 220 institutions Princeton Review recommends in the 2012 edition of its guide, “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” published in August by Random House/Princeton Review Books.

“We’re pleased to recommend to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

Oswego’s professors, students told Princeton Review, seem focused on creating a “personal and comfortable learning environment” for undergraduates. Students said they appreciate that they “have a lot of opportunities to work with professors on research and other projects outside of the classroom to help build real-world experience.” They highlighted Oswego’s “successful honors program” and “good study-abroad options.”

The 220 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best Northeastern Colleges” book and website list are located in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

“The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2012 Edition” is the eighth 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 feature 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: Sep 13, 2011)

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