SUNY Oswego repeats on list of ‘Best Value Colleges’

The Princeton Review and USA Today have named SUNY Oswego to their 2013 list of 150 “best value” colleges and universities in the nation.

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 college’s unique Oswego Guarantee, which promises undergraduates that their on-campus room and board costs will not increase during their four years of study. The profile praises the college situated on the shore of Lake Ontario 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, interim director of admissions at Oswego. “It speaks to our commitment to education, to student development, and the wide variety of in-demand programs we offer. Particularly during these difficult economic times, to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ means a lot to our students and their families.”

The editors of the Princeton Review quote Oswego students they surveyed who described the college as “a great education for the money,” “friendly” and “helpful,” a place where everyone finds acceptance in the variety of student clubs and opportunities for involvement.

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.

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