The list of 75 public and 75 private institutions appears in the book “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition,” released Feb. 5 by Random House and Princeton Review, as well as on USA Today’s website at http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com.
“Providing a high-quality education, as well as preparing undergraduates for the job market and a life of continued learning, are paramount at Oswego,” Princeton Review states in the book’s profile of SUNY Oswego.
It cites the Oswego Guarantee, which promises undergraduates their on-campus room and board costs will not increase during their four years of study. The profile praises the college for its “picturesque natural setting” along with its “strong honors program,” “excellent study-abroad options,” and “wonderful connection to alumni” who help students find their way into careers.
“We are delighted once again to be recognized by the Princeton Review,” said Dan Griffin ’92 M ’00, interim director of admissions at Oswego. “Particularly during these difficult economic times, to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ means a lot to our students and their families.”
According to the Princeton Review, it selected “Best Value Colleges” based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities that it regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. Criteria included the quality of academics, cost of attendance, financial aid, percentage of graduating seniors who borrowed from any loan program and the average dollar amount of debt those students had at graduation.
Oswego is one of 18 New York colleges on the list, including seven SUNY institutions: four of the public university system’s doctoral-granting campuses and two other master’s-level colleges like Oswego—Geneseo and Purchase.
The Princeton Review is a Massachusetts-based education services company known for its college rankings. SUNY Oswego has appeared in every edition of the company’s “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” and Oswego’s School of Business appears each year in its “Best Business Schools.”
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SUNY Oswego’s online MBA ranks 26th best among comparable degree programs at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News’ 2014 “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” rankings.
The U.S. News survey weighed faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, admissions selectivity and peer reputation. Oswego’s ranking puts it in the top 12 percent nationally of the 213 schools with online master’s of business administration programs responding to the U.S. News questionnaire.
U.S. News published numerical rankings for the top 148 institutions on the list. Washington State University’s program ranked No. 1. New York has five institutions in the top 50. In addition to Oswego, the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA, starting in 1997, they are Clarkson University, Marist College, Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology.