US News names area colleges to Best Colleges guidebook

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 9/12/2012 3:40:02 PM

Several local colleges have placed on the U.S. News & World Reports 2012 Best Colleges guidebook.

The rankings are based on an array of criteria, including graduation rates, percentage of alumni who donate to their alma maters, the school’s reputation among peers and the academic profile of incoming students.

Rochester Institute of Technology ranked No. 7 on the list of “Best Universities—Master’s” in the northern region. It also ranked No. 3 among master’s degree institutions in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for the northern region.

RIT earned other honors, being listed among 12 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in internships.

“The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings are a helpful guide for many prospective students,” said William Destler, RIT president. “We’re pleased to be recognized once again as one of the nation’s foremost universities. And with our focus on innovation and creativity, RIT is positioned to move strongly upward in the ranks of the world’s great universities.”

The University of Rochester earned a number of honors, including No. 33 on the list of national institutions and No. 26 in the “Best Value Schools” category. St. John Fisher College ranked No. 131 among national universities while Nazareth College of Rochester ranked No. 33 among institutions in the northern region.

SUNY College at Geneseo was placed atop the list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” institutions list among north region universities in the publication’s 2013 best colleges guidebook. The college also tied for No. 5 in the region in the “Up-and-Comers” category and No. 10 in the general north region university rankings.

“The U.S. News rankings have been published for many years and Geneseo has consistently appeared among the top dozen or so schools in our category,” said Christopher Dahl, SUNY Geneseo president. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that we have been at the top of the ‘Best Undergraduate Teaching’ list in our region for two years. It confirms our faculty’s commitment to excellent teaching, which is our core mission as a public liberal arts college and the reason we attract very strong students.”

SUNY Geneseo was also one of three public colleges among the top 20 in the general northern region university rankings. 

SUNY College at Brockport was also on the list, ranked No. 68 in the northern region.

“We are honored to have again been recognized for excellence in the US News & World Report’s rankings,” said John R. Halstead, SUNY Brockport president. “This national recognition is a reflection of the great work that is done on a daily basis by our students, faculty, and staff and the College’s commitment to student success.”

Other colleges listed included Roberts Wesleyan College, which ranked No. 47 for universities in the northern region. Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked No. 60 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category, and Houghton College, which placed No. 140 on the same list. 

Alfred University ranked No. 4 in the northern region for “Great School at a Great Price" among master's level institutions, and No. 26 overall in the north among master’s level institutions. 

The rankings are available online and will be published in the 2013 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook, available Sept. 28.

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