For Immediate Release—Monday, July 31, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

The New York Times names SUNY Geneseo

among nation's "hidden gems"

GENESEO, N.Y.—The New York Times has named the State University of New York at Geneseo one of the nation's "hidden gems" that "is increasingly seen as a first choice for high achievers."

The college was featured in the Times' quarterly Education Life supplement in its Sunday, July 30, edition, in an article headlined "Off the Beaten Path." Geneseo is one of only two public schools that made the list of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that "are alternatives to the usual suspects," or the "brand-name institutions."

The Times divided the colleges by geographic region and noted that educational opportunities exist beyond Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Penn. The schools were selected with help from a dozen higher education experts and counselors to include colleges that emphasize undergraduate teaching and have "established or rising scholarship."

The story noted Geneseo has a 41 percent acceptance rate and an undergraduate enrollment of 5,174.

Here is what The New York Times said about SUNY Geneseo:

"Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine puts the State University of New York at Geneseo campus at the top of its list of "Best Values in Public Colleges" for out-of-state students, with tuition under $12,000. Geneseo, in a historic village south of Rochester, is often overshadowed by its upstate cousin Binghamton, which has long been seen as an alternative for New Yorkers who didn't get into or chose not to go to the Ivies. But Geneseo has been "pushing the envelope on its rival," says Shereem Herndon-Brown, a private consultant who was director of college counseling at Riverdale Country School in New York. Geneseo, the most selective of SUNY's comprehensive colleges, is increasingly seen as a first choice for high achievers who cannot or won't do the financial aid dance with private colleges."

Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl said the Times article validates that the college is fast becoming an institution known for providing a well-rounded liberal arts education where students have access to opportunities, such as undergraduate research, normally afforded only at research institutions.

"This article confirms what we know from experience: That Geneseo has emerged as a top choice for talented students who, until recently, considered only highly-selective private colleges," said Dahl. "Our competition now includes many of the best colleges in the nation."

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