For 18 consecutive years now, Cazenovia College has been rated by U.S. News & World Report as among the top regional colleges in the North, an educational gem among regional colleges within an 11-state area in the North. Today’s release of the 2022 ratings puts the College at #13 for Best Colleges, a #2 Best Value school, and #2 in terms of student social mobility.

Being rated as #2 “Best Value” combined with categorization as a “Top Performer on Social Mobility” in the North is significant, said College President Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D. Those assessments look at the College’s overall ranking plus the amount of financial support made available to students with need, while the social mobility quotient assesses how well a school graduates students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

"We’re very proud of our ratings,” said Chesbrough. “Our ability to continue offering a highly-rated educational experience over an 18-year time span reflects the consistency of our academic offerings as well as the staunch commitment of our faculty and staff to the success of our students and to their having an excellent overall academic experience. Particularly during the past two years, maintaining that steadiness is an impressive achievement.”

A special point of pride is the College’s top-level rating for student Social Mobility, Chesbrough said. That ranking recognizes a school’s ability to provide accessibility, resources, and support in its educational offerings to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2022, Cazenovia College moved up to the #2 spot from last year’s rank of seventh in that category.

“Education is a great social equalizer, and these ratings illustrate that Cazenovia College is an exceptional place to obtain a high-quality education and have a great college experience while assuring students that their years spent here will produce what every college graduate wants: academic success along the way, and a path from which to launch lifelong career opportunities,” the President added.

Current statistics show that:

  • 46 percent of entering students are the first generation in their family to attend college
  • 55 percent of students receive federal Pell grants to help them afford college
  • 6 percent of first-year students come through the federal Higher Education Opportunity Program
  • 99 percent of students receive financial aid
  • Financial aid funding covers more than 60 percent of tuition, on average.

“Best College” recognition is based on factors including average graduation and freshman retention rates, class sizes, student/faculty ratio, alumni giving, and peer institution assessment.

Cazenovia College’s current statistics in those areas are:

  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size of 13 students
  • 84 percent of fulltime students return each year (retention rate)
  • 17 percent of students transfer in from another college
  • 95 percent of students complete at least one internship
  • 93 percent of graduates report being employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.