Binghamton University in top 100 in nation
September 16, 2013Tweet
Binghamton University is a top-100 elite university according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of more than 1,375 schools in the country, placing 97th overall in the rankings released today.
The annual rankings published by U.S. News are based on a number of quantitative, academic quality indicators and reputational review by peers and guidance counselors. These factors are meant to provide a brief snapshot of an institution for prospective students and their families to use as a starting point in their college searches.
“What we are most proud of is that Binghamton University continues to consistently fare well in this and other national rankings, based on our selectivity, value and the quality education we provide to our students,” President Harvey Stenger said.
“As we continue to work with Governor Cuomo to position SUNY and New York to lead in affordability, access, and quality, and President Obama puts these issues into focus nationally, we are proud to be recognized and ranked favorably by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to Binghamton University and the many campuses representing SUNY on this list.”
This year, U.S. News altered its methodology. Binghamton is an example of how even a slight change in the weighting of these factors can make a difference in the rankings, though its key student success numbers remain as strong as ever. For example, from the prior year’s ranking, Binghamton’s overall score went from 50 to 49, with its academic reputation score dropping from 66 to 64, yet its retention rate from freshman to sophomore year remained steady at 91 percent, its graduation rate rose a percentage point, its acceptance rate rose from 41 percent to 43 percent, it’s percent of classes with fewer than 20 students dropped from 39 percent to 35 percent and its SAT/ACT scores remained virtually the same.
As the impact of NYSUNY 2020 kicks in, we anticipate improved student-to-faculty ratios, growth in our career-directed graduate programs and higher visibility nationally, Stenger said.
“Our vision to become the premier public university of the 21st century through our Road Map to Premier will bring us attention nationally, and we envision an even brighter future,” he said.