For Immediate Release — Thursday, August 25, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

The Princeton Review Names SUNY Geneseo a "Best Northeastern College"

GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo is one of the preeminent higher education institutions in the nation, The Princeton Review announced this week in its annual "best colleges" guide.

SUNY Geneseo was named a Best Northeastern College in the education services company's book, "The Best 361 Colleges," which hit bookstores this week. A mere 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America are in the book, which contains a two-page profile about Geneseo with information on academics, admission, financial aid, the student body and campus life.

One excerpt on Geneseo from the book read: "Forget every preconception you have about state schools or the SUNY system. SUNY Geneseo bucks nearly every expectation; a small teaching-oriented school on a beautiful campus, 'Geneseo is the epitome of college life. The people, the classes, the area, and the campus life are ideal for students coming from every different background, just as long as they are looking to grow as a person and a student.'"

This announcement follows on the heels of last week's news that the college was highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2006 edition of "America's Best Colleges." In that publication, Geneseo was tied at No. 12 out of the top 84 institutions listed in the category "Best Universities–Master's" for the northern region. U.S. News takes into account both public and private colleges and universities in this category. Geneseo also appeared at No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities–Master's" for the northern region.

The Princeton Review's book, in its 14th edition, is one of about 200 Princeton Review books published annually by Random House. "The Best 361 Colleges" also includes the company's annual ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories, ranging from best campus food to best academics to best administered. In one category regarding students' satisfaction with financial aid packages, Geneseo ranked 12th for students dissatisfied with their financial aid packages. Geneseo was ranked on this list with other colleges that ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report list, including Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Conn., with which it tied for 12th for "Best Universities – Master's" for the northern region. Students at Quinnipiac this year will spend about $24,340 a year on tuition and fees. At Geneseo, that total amounts to $5,520, according to the colleges.

The Princeton Review results were based on surveys with 110,000 students attending the colleges profiled in the book.

Here are some of the additional comments from Geneseo students:

On academics:

"My first year here, one of my professors had worked as a United Nations Advisor, and another had previously run for Congress. Geneseo is a place where you can learn from people who have had real-life experience in their fields."

"This is a great school with many opportunities and 'extras' for a great price. Many of the private schools I looked at didn't have half the programs or clubs that Geneseo offers."

On the student body:

"Students at Geneseo work really hard; the library is always packed, [but] we also like to have fun and get involved. Everyone I know is part of at least one student organization."

On student life:

To keep students engaged, "the clubs and organizations on campus are constantly putting on events. It is very easy to get involved because there is a club for everyone. Geneseo often hosts guest lecturers, and has interesting scholarly events." There are also "some awesome shows put on by the theater and music departments. And all of the events on campus are either free or very low cost."