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Local colleges ranked by US News and World Report

A number of area colleges and universities have been honored for their quality and value in the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Among the 311 national colleges reviewed, University of Rochester ranked 34th, while Rochester Institute of Technology ranked 97th and St. John Fisher College ranked 145th. Princeton University ranked first on the list, followed by Harvard University and University of Chicago.

Among national colleges for veterans, UR ranked 13th, while RIT ranked 58th and St. John Fisher ranked 94th. In terms of value at national colleges, UR ranked 24th, St. John Fisher ranked 37th and RIT ranked 41st.

The report noted that tuition and fees at UR is $52,020, while RIT’s tuition is $40,068 and St. John Fisher’s tuition is $33,120.

“We are proud to once again be recognized in the U.S. News rankings for our academic quality and value,” said St. John Fisher President Gerard J. Rooney, in a statement. “Our inclusion underscores the collaborative nature of our faculty and staff in providing transformative educational experiences for our students, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Among regional universities in the north, SUNY College at Geneseo ranked 11th, while Nazareth College ranked 28th, SUNY College at Brockport ranked 64th.

“Each of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities help our students find their purpose and their passion. Whether it’s in research, education, outreach, or engagement, our colleges and universities strive to achieve excellence in everything they do,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said in a statement. “We are thrilled that so many of our SUNY campuses have again received favorable rankings by U.S. News & World Report. While we appreciate that rankings are one indication or quality, it does help demonstrate that SUNY is one of the best national education systems. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses recognized by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

Roberts Wesleyan College ranked 78th and Keuka College ranked 120th for northern universities.

“Today’s students are looking for a college that cares about them personally and supports them in achieving their educational, personal and professional goals,” Roberts Wesleyan President Deana Porterfield said in a statement. “This recognition by U.S. News affirms that Roberts Wesleyan is a valued faith-based college that seeks to challenge students and offers highly personalized education, connecting their heads to their hearts and engaging their hands.”

Among the 233 liberal arts colleges, Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked 64th.

RIT earned high marks for its business program, ranking 64th on the list. RIT ranked 61st for its doctoral engineering program, while UR ranked 78th in that category.

Some 1,806 colleges and universities were reviewed for the most recent report.

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