GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo has made another strong showing in Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2010 list of the best values in public four-year colleges.
The magazine produces the list based on outstanding educational and economic value, and Geneseo ranked second for out-of-state students and ninth for in-state students. The rankings of the top 100 schools are available in Kiplinger's February issue and online.
"Much credit for Geneseo's consistent inclusion in surveys such as this one goes to the college's superb faculty," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of Geneseo. "The best students are attracted to the best teaching, and members of our faculty are focused on providing the highest quality undergraduate learning experience possible."
Geneseo faculty members and students often receive recognition. In the past two years, for example, seven faculty have received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Four Geneseo seniors received Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence last May. Nearly 60 percent of this year's freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, an all-time high for the college, and the average mean SAT score was 1340, also a record high.
In addition to cost, the Kiplinger's survey factors in statistics such as student-faculty ratio, admission rate and freshman retention rate. At Geneseo, the student-faculty ratio has remained consistent for the past ten years at 19 to 1; the college's admission rate this year is 37%; and the freshman retention rate is 92 percent.
"These rankings strongly validate our mission to attract the best and brightest students who desire a strong liberal arts education," said William Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services at Geneseo. "Cost and quality both matter in obtaining a college education, especially in these difficult economic times, and by offering an excellent education at a reasonable cost, Geneseo is a highly desirable option."
Geneseo's in-state tuition is $4,970 per year with total costs of about $15,000. For out-of-state students, the numbers rise to $12,870 and $22,820, respectively.
"Despite widespread state government budget cuts and shrinking endowments, this year's top 100 public schools continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices," writes Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's.