OSWEGO — For the third consecutive year, the Princeton Review and USA Today have named SUNY Oswego one 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: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In,” soon to be published by Random House and the Princeton Review.
“SUNY Oswego is an outstanding college and value for our students, and it is particularly rewarding when a reputable source such as the Princeton Review agrees,” said Dan Griffin, interim director of admissions at Oswego. “It speaks to our commitment to our students’ education, their development and the amazing variety of in-demand majors and experiences we offer. Particularly as higher education costs seem to escalate each year, to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ means a lot to our students and their families.”
Based in part on school-reported cost and other data for 2013-14 and on-campus interviews conducted in 2012-13, the book’s report on SUNY Oswego includes a “bottom line” section quoting one student who said the college provides “a great education for the money” and citing the Oswego Guarantee.
The guarantee states, in part, that a student’s room and board expenses on campus will remain constant for four consecutive years.
Last fall, President Deborah F. Stanley announced the college has sweetened the pledge, adding an Oswego Graduation ROI that provides a $300 return on a student’s investment for graduating in four years or less if they meet basic conditions.
SUNY Oswego also offers about $84 million annually in merit scholarships, need-based grants, loans, work-study and other scholarship awards.
In the Princeton Review’s section titled “Why students love State University of New York-Oswego,” those surveyed reported there is a “friendly and helpful” atmosphere on a campus that’s devoted to promoting multiculturalism on its “gorgeous” lakeside site.
Students say the nearly 200 clubs and organizations offer networking, socializing, activities and involvement opportunities galore, the publication reported.
Among the 13 SUNY comprehensive colleges, Geneseo and Purchase joined Oswego on the best-value list.
The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked the top 10 public colleges, with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as the best value and SUNY’s Binghamton University at No. 10; among private colleges, Williams College in Massachusetts was tops, followed by Harvard, Swarthmore and Yale.
“We salute these colleges for their outstanding academics and affordability either via their comparatively low sticker prices or generous financial aid awards to students with need – or both,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher.
For more information, visit bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com