Best college buys include University of Rochester

Several local and regional colleges have made the Kiplinger’s list of 2018 Best College Values.

University of Rochester ranked the highest of local schools, at 30th out of 100 private schools and 94th out of 300 schools overall.

Among public schools, the State University College at Geneseo ranked 53rd of 100. Geneseo also came in at 120 on the full list of 300 schools.

The combined list of 300 schools—100 each private, public and liberal arts institutions—were picked from more than 1,200. Selection criteria included cost and quality measures such as tuition price, admission rates, four-year graduation rates, retention, faculty-to-student ratio, average aid levels and average student debt.

The list will be published in the Jan. 9 edition of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and is available now online.

Other results: Rochester Institute of Technology was 91st on the private list, 285th on the combined list.

St. John Fisher College was 99th on the private list, 297th on the combined list.

State University of New York at Buffalo ranked 54th on the public list and 235th on the combined list, while Syracuse University ranked 77th on the private list and 255th on the combined list. Cornell University did quite well, as did most Ivy League schools, ranking 30th on the overall list and 12th on the private list.

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UR, RIT business schools make Businessweek list

The business schools of two local universities – and three others in Central and Western New York – have made the Bloomberg Businessweek list of the best business schools in the country.

The list of the top 85 programs offering full-time masters of business administration programs includes University of Rochester’s Simon Business School  (No. 33), and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business (No. 79).

Raters considered interviews with thousands of students, alumni and employers, as well as job placement percentages and compensation.

Other schools in the region on the list are Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business (No. 13), State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Management (No. 46) and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management (No. 64).

Harvard University was ranked first for the third year in a row. President Donald J. Trump’s alma mater, Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, jumped four spots from 2016 to take second place.

RIT’s Saunders College appeared on the list for the first time.