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December 27, 2013

Colleges saw year of growth, changes


The program, which is expected to create more than 200 jobs, is one of four projects funded by the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program.

In a September issue of U.S. News and World Report, all the area colleges were mentioned in the annual “Best Colleges” ranking. SUNY Oneonta was among the top 100 colleges in the Northeast for the eighth consecutive year. Hartwick College was included on the first-tier of best national liberal arts colleges, with a No. 161 ranking overall, up three spots from the 2013 edition. SUNY Delhi was ranked No. 29 on the best regional colleges list, which was its highest position to date. SUNY Cobleskill ranked among the best regional colleges in the north at No. 36, moving up two spots from last year’s ranking.

A new year began for all area schools in late August or early September. Classes started at SUNY Oneonta with an enrollment of about 6,000 students, including about 1,100 freshmen and 525 transfer students. At Hartwick College, about 540 freshmen were scheduled to start the year with enrollment at about 1,600.

At SUNY Delhi, about 3,725 students were expected, including 995 freshmen. The opening of Sanford Hall was planned. It was described as a community conference room, café and state-of-the-art learning laboratory for business and nursing.

At SUNY Cobleskill, more than 1,000 freshman and transfer students and a total enrollment of a little more than 2,500. A notable development was a growing interest in bachelor’s degrees, with about 45 percent of students currently seeking the four-year degrees.

Other news was specific to each school:

SUNY Oneonta

The year started with the college being ranked among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges’’ by Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine.

On the list of 100 schools, SUNY Oneonta ranked No. 59 for in-state students and No. 45 for out-of-state students. It was among 10 SUNY institutions included on the list.

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