U.S. News Flags Oswego as a ‘Top Up-And-Coming School’

OSWEGO — U.S. News has named SUNY Oswego among a select group of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in its latest “America’s Best Colleges” issue. Only 28 public colleges and universities made the list nationally.

In the northern region, Oswego is one of just two public master’s level colleges selected for the distinction, along with the College of New Jersey. The only other New York colleges on the list are Wagner College and Marist College, both private.

In the article “Keep an Eye on These Schools,” the magazine said it used its annual peer assessment survey to identify “colleges and universities that have recently made striking improvements or innovations — schools everyone should be watching.”

U.S. News also selected Oswego for its “A+ Options for B Students” list. “Beyond the small roster of nationally renowned schools lie many that aren’t household names but have first-rate programs and strong reputations,” it wrote of the colleges on this list.

Among the 37 master’s level colleges in the northern region named “A+ Options” besides Oswego are Rochester Institute of Technology, Fairfield University, Ithaca College, CUNY’s Baruch and Hunter colleges and four other SUNY campuses.

‘Striking improvements’

Recent improvements and innovations at Oswego include new academic programs conceived in collaboration with the area’s business community like software engineering and risk management; unusual opportunities for students to engage in hands-on research in the field, such as the “storm chasers” course this summer; and half a billion dollars worth of campus renewal projects, including the recently opened Campus Center and new science facilities scheduled for construction next year.

“This is an exciting time to be a member of the Oswego campus community,” said Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “Our faculty and students have been intimately involved in planning the initiatives that have won us this latest recognition from U.S. News. Our improvements and innovations are attracting increasing numbers of applicants, and the incoming class this fall will be among the most talented in the history of our college.”