Oswego Named A ‘Best Northeastern College,’ Again

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SUNY Oswego is one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast, according to the Princeton Review. Oswego is one of 212 institutions it recommends in its book “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition,” published this month by Random House/Princeton Review Books.

The Princeton Review conducted a new 80-question survey of SUNY Oswego students last year to update its profile of the college, and Oswego’s “amazing professors” came in for a lot of applause.

The profile for SUNY Oswego strings together students’ phrases of praise for faculty: “Professors seem focused on creating for undergraduates a ‘personal and comfortable learning environment.’ Oswego profs are ‘knowledgeable about their subject and excited to be in Oswego.’ And they seem to ‘really care about what you do and want to help you in every way to make sure you do well.'”

The survey, administered every few years at each college, asks students to rate their school on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

Oswego’s profile also includes a list that reports topics about which students surveyed were in highest agreement. Among those in the list this year: “Great library,” “Students are friendly” and “Students are happy.”

Much of the information in “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition” is also online in the “Best in the Northeast” section of the PrincetonReview.com feature “2009 Best Colleges Region by Region.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president for publishing, outlined the criteria for selection for the best regional colleges, including institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, visits to schools over the years, the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers, and students’ comments about their campus experiences on the survey.

He also noted, “We work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale.”

Nationwide, the 630 colleges that Princeton Review named “regional bests” represent about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition” is the fifth edition of the book. SUNY Oswego has appeared in every edition.

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.