Binghamton University again features prominently in rankings, college guides Recognized for academic excellence, ‘greenness’ and value


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University’s quality and value have once again been recognized by some of the country’s leading publications during this season’s unveiling of annual college rankings and guidebooks.

In reviewing the roundup of accolades, Binghamton University’s Interim President C. Peter Magrath noted, “It is correct that Binghamton University is listed among the best colleges in American higher education because we are the best, and that is a consequence of our commitment to high quality education.”

Binghamton’s most recent accolades come from U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the University 39th among public universities and colleges, and 86th among all public and private universities in its 2011 listing of “America’s Best Colleges.” Binghamton University is also one of only two universities in New York state, public or private, to make the publication's list of schools where students graduate with the least amount of debt and is 11th on the publication’s first-ever Up-and-Comers ranking that lists institutions nominated by college administrators as having made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

Based on a comparison of 16 indicators of excellence, the U.S. News & World Report rankings measure peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and ratings by high school counselors. See

Earlier this summer, the Princeton Review released its “Best 373 Colleges” guide, ranking Binghamton University on its 50 top public universities list. Binghamton University was also featured prominently on the Princeton Review’s annual “green honor roll” for campus environmental policies, practices and academic offerings. In addition, Binghamton’s student newspaper, Pipe Dream, was recognized as one of the nation’s best college newspapers.

In rankings released earlier this year, the Princeton Review listed Binghamton University as the 6th best value for public universities nationwide based on academics, cost of attendance and financial aid. Binghamton University also features in the Princeton Review’s online review of “Best in the Northeast” colleges. Princeton Review’s selection criteria cover more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.

The 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges calls the University a “premier public university in the Northeast,” adding that Binghamton is “writing the rules on how to build global awareness and international programs into the curriculum.” Fiske also recognized Binghamton University as being “strong in engineering” and “strong in business.” The highly selective guidebook includes more than 300 colleges and universities from 2,200-plus four-year institutions surveyed in the United States. The listing was based on questionnaires sent to administrators and students. See

Also out this summer are the Forbes rankings, which put Binghamton University at 31st on its list of best buys and 197 in the nation. Reviewing just 9 percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary schools in the nation, Forbes uses more than 10 factors in compiling its rankings, involving student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards won by students. Forbes editors write that “appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.” See


Last Updated: 9/17/13