U.S. News Picks Oswego for Value Among Well-regarded Public Schools

<p>The quad at SUNY Oswego. Photo courtesy of SUNY Oswego.</p>
The quad at SUNY Oswego. Photo courtesy of SUNY Oswego.

U.S. News & World Report has listed SUNY Oswego — and four other SUNY campuses — on a list of just 30 well-regarded colleges nationally that offer small classes without high prices.

“Attending a big, affordable public university doesn’t doom a student to huge lecture halls. U.S. News has found dozens of lower-priced colleges in which at least half of all classes have fewer than 20 students,” the magazine’s Kim Clark wrote Nov. 24.

Under President Deborah F. Stanley, Oswego launched a small-class initiative several years ago that has steadily increased the number of classes with fewer than 20 students, especially for first-year students.

“We know that our juniors and seniors often have small classes by virtue of their more advanced and specialized studies,” Stanley said, “but we also know how important it is to engage our newest students in rigorous intellectual exchanges with their professors and classmates. We believe this happens best in the small-class environment, and we’ve strategized to provide more of these intimate learning opportunities.”

New York placed well on the list with five campuses in all and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry on top.

For the full U.S. News list, see http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/2009/11/24/colleges-that-offer-small-classes-on-a-budget.html .