For Immediate Release — Friday, August 19, 2005

Parents, Students Rely on College Rankings Published Annually by U.S. News & World Report

Magazine's 2006 Guide to "America's Best Colleges" rates Geneseo highly; rankings drive parents and students to the Genesee Valley campus

GENESEO, N.Y. — Admissions counselors at the State University of New York at Geneseo agree: the U.S. News & World Report rankings — published annually in the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" guide — matter. "Parents and prospective students come to campus for admissions tours all the time, clutching copies of the guide, saying they want their children to get admitted to one of the nation's best colleges," says Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services at Geneseo. "Rankings like these issued by U.S. News & World Report, and others, have contributed to the perception of Geneseo as New York state's public honors college."

It looks like parents and ambitious high school students will continue to beat a path to the Geneseo campus. U.S. News' highly respected national college guide has once again acknowledged the outstanding liberal arts education offered by SUNY Geneseo.

In the 2006 edition of "America's Best Colleges," Geneseo is 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 appears at No. 2 among the "Top Public Universities – Master's" for the northern region.

The overall rankings will be published online on Aug. 19 at http://www.USNews.com, and will be published in the Aug. 29 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands (along with the newsstand book "America's Best Colleges") on Aug. 22.

With a nationwide circulation of more than two million and an online and print readership of more than 13 million, the magazine's assessment of American colleges and universities continues to be one of the most influential college guides published each year.

"Once again Geneseo is among the top-ranked colleges in the north, and, while we take great pride in our consistent record of high rankings in these national guides, we all know that what is most important is the quality that lies underneath these rankings," says SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "At Geneseo, we are restless on our laurels in spite of this recognition, and we shall continue to work to become an even more outstanding institution for the sake of our students and for the state of New York."

U.S. News determines its rankings by gathering data from each college for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. According to the magazine, each factor is assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News' judgment about how much a measure matters. In addition, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. Among the factors considered are peer assessment, average freshman retention rate and average graduation rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rate.

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