For Immediate Release – August 20, 2004


U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Guide to "America’s Best Colleges"

Once Again Rates Geneseo Highly

GENESEO, N.Y. — Three well-known and highly respected national college guides have once again acknowledged the outstanding liberal arts education offered by the State University of New York at Geneseo.

In the 2005 edition of "America’s Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report, Geneseo is ranked No. 12 out of 83 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. 20 at, and will be published in Aug. 30 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands (along with the newsstand book "America’s Best Colleges") on Aug. 23.

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.

"I am gratified that Geneseo continues to earn well-deserved recognition for its rigorous academic programs and for the caliber of faculty we have on campus," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "These rankings are a confirmation of the college’s long tradition of excellence in undergraduate education, and they show why Geneseo has been consistently ranked as one of the top public colleges in the nation. The rankings simply underscore many of the reasons that Geneseo is such a good place to go to college."

Geneseo was also profiled this week in the 2005 edition of "The Princeton Review’s Guide to the Best 357 Colleges," and the college was ranked No. 3 on that publication’s list of "Best Bargains – Public" among all public colleges and universities nationwide. In the guide, one student reports that Geneseo’s greatest strength is in academics. "I was warned that it would be hard to access professors at a state school, but at Geneseo, nothing could be further from the truth," the student said. "My class sizes are small, my professors all know me personally, and they are always available to discuss anything with their students."

In addition, SUNY Geneseo was ranked in the 2005 "Fiske Guide to Colleges," a guide published annually by former New York Times Education Editor Edward B. Fiske. Geneseo is highlighted as a "Best Buy" school, and is lauded for its academic programs, accessible professors and hometown atmosphere. According to the guide’s publisher, Sourcebooks Inc., the Fiske Guide aims to "give users what no other guide does – a list of colleges and universities that qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance."

According to the 2005 guide, "Geneseo is a preferred option for New Yorkers who want the feel of a private college at a public university price." A Geneseo junior is quoted in the book as saying that Geneseo "has managed to keep its small size and unique atmosphere throughout the years."

Other comments published in the Fiske Guide:

• "On the whole, students feel at home in Geneseo’s competitive academic climate. ‘The courses are very rigorous but students strive to do well more for themselves than for competitive reasons,’ a junior states."

• "The quality of teaching draws raves. ‘Professors strive to provide students with as much knowledge as possible without exceeding their comprehension level,’ a student says. ‘Professors also make themselves readily available.’"

• "Eighty-one percent graduated in the top quarter of their high school class. ‘The students here are very intelligent and competitive,’ a psychology major says. ‘They are also very involved in campus life.’"

• "Campus security is described as ‘excellent’ by many. Says a freshman: ‘Geneseo seems like the safest place. Most areas, especially heavy traffic areas, are always lit. And emergency phones are all over campus.’"

• "The John Wiley Jones School of Business boasts a strong program…and Geneseo has an outstanding education program that offers a teaching certificate."

• "Small and idyllic, the neighboring village is considered by many students a perfect setting. Hiking and skiing are both nearby, and beautiful Conesus Lake is only a ten-minute drive away. As for the social life, there’s always plenty to do both on and off campus."

• "Students at Geneseo don’t call it the ‘Harvard on the Hill’ for nothing. Academics are challenging and for only the most serious students. Professors know how difficult it is to be accepted to the college and treat their students accordingly, by expecting a lot from them. Says one junior, ‘In the past five years, the college has emphasized a well-rounded education and an increased drive to bring the best students to Geneseo.’ Indeed, only the most dedicated need apply."

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