Oswego named among best schools for girls

imageSUNY Oswego joined such schools as Brown, Duke and Stanford universities among the 50 Best Colleges for Girls selected by CosmoGirl! magazine, editors announced recently.

“This recognizes the dedication we have to ensuring our young women—as well as young men—have the best possible college experience and are prepared for success after they graduate,” SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said.

The October issue featured the first of what is expected to be an annual list for CosmoGirl!, a Hearst publication for young teens with a circulation of around 1.3 million. It is the younger sibling of Cosmopolitan, also published by Hearst Magazines.

“Not only is this first college guide designed specifically for girls, but what really makes it unique is that we’ve identified specific factors that give girls an edge,” Editor-in-Chief Susan Schulz said. “This is no arbitrary list.”

The magazine editors compiled the list after consulting admissions officers and guidance counselors across the country to determine the kind of environment that gives girls the best chance of success in school and after graduation.

Editors identified six key factors—small class size, prominent female faculty members, strong women’s sports programs, a career center that facilitates internship opportunities, opportunities to hold leadership positions in clubs and activities, and an active alumni network—that they cross-referenced with baseline data from the Princeton Review to determine the best schools.

The entry cites Oswego’s “renowned meteorology program” and its being the first of the 64 campuses in the SUNY system to hire a woman as president when Dr. Virginia L. Radley took the post in 1978.

“Oswego has a long tradition as a progressive institution, which one can see in the high number of women represented among campus leadership positions, student involvement and prominent alumni,” Stanley noted.

Among Oswego’s notable women alumni are a National Book Award winner and other best-selling writers, an ESPN anchor, and an executive vice president of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Group. Forty-three percent of Oswego’s nearly 500 faculty members are women. The student-run Women’s Center is one of the most active of Oswego’s 150 student organizations.

Oswego is one of three schools in New York state that made the list, joining two private institutions, Bard College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Other private colleges on the list include Amherst, Babson, Bowdoin, Grinnell, Middlebury and Oberlin. Public schools include the universities of California at Berkeley, Indiana, Michigan at Ann Arbor, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Texas at Austin, and Virginia.

“We’re in some excellent company, which reflects our continuing efforts to attract students who excel inside and outside the classroom,” said Joe Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment.

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(Posted: Sep 22, 2004)