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SUNY Plattsburgh Makes List of Top Colleges

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 24, 2009) - For the second year in a row, SUNY Plattsburgh has ranked among US News & World Report's "Best Universities in the North" as a master's level institution.

Among public master's level schools in the North, SUNY Plattsburgh ranked 26th, tying with SUNY Potsdam.

Compared to other master's level institutions in the North, the school also ranked highly for the number of international students, tying for 11th place with Caldwell College in N.J., Chatham College in Penn. and New York Institute of Technology.

The rankings came out in the 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges" and will appear in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. SUNY Plattsburgh will also be included in the college guidebook "America's Best Colleges" published by U.S. News & World Report and widely used by students searching for colleges. These rankings are based on assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

"We are, of course, pleased to have continued validation of our efforts here at SUNY Plattsburgh. Our faculty and students are doing amazing things, and we are just beginning to get the word out," said SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling.

According to Ettling the college is coming into its own on a number of fronts. For instance, SUNY Plattsburgh has exceeded its goal when it comes to the number of entering freshman. The goal was 975, and the college has 1,102 students ready to start classes on Monday.

In addition, applications have increased by 35 percent over the past five years and selectivity is up. For the third year in a row, the college has had to turn away more applicants than it could accept.

US News & World Report is not the only national publication to take note of the college in recent years. SUNY Plattsburgh was also ranked by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as one of the "Best Values in Public Education" for 2009.  In fact, this year the college moved up in the rankings. For in-state students, SUNY Plattsburgh ranked 79th out of the 100 institutions that made the cut - up from 97th the year before. For out-of-state students, the college ranked 62nd out of 100 - up from 79th.

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