The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges: Binghamton University ranked in top 10


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University is once again ranked among the nation's top ten, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's new list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

For the third year in a row, Binghamton is ranked No. 1 for out-of-state students, making it the most affordable university in the nation for non-New York students. Binghamton is also ranked sixth for in-state students making it the top buy for New Yorkers. The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2011 issue-on newsstands Tuesday, January 4, and online at

“I am very pleased that Binghamton University has once again been recognized for its academic excellence and value,” said Interim President Peter Magrath. “We consistently rank among the elite public institutions because of our excellent reputation and the quality of our students, faculty and staff. Binghamton works very hard to be an exceptional university and these rankings validate those efforts.”

Selected from a pool of over 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the Kiplinger’s rankings combine a first-class education with outstanding economic value. Measurements on academic quality, which account for about two-thirds of a campus score, include factors such as SAT or ACT scores, admission, retention and graduation rates, and student-faculty ratios. Schools are also ranked on total expenses as well as average costs after aid and average debt.

According to Kiplinger’s, private colleges have recently averaged almost $36,000 a year - a sharp contrast to the public schools on the top 100 list, in which 20 charge the same or less than the average annual in-state sticker price of roughly $16,140. Plus, the deals aren't restricted to in-state students. At Binghamton University, which takes the top spot in value for out-of-state students, non-New Yorkers pay $26,535 a year, less than the national average of $28,130.

Other public universities on Kiplinger’s top ten best values list include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary.

Binghamton University has appeared regularly in the top ten on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance best values in public college rankings and consistently features among the elite top 50 public national universities in publications such as the U.S. News & World Report, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review.

The Kiplinger 100 Rankings:

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2. University of Florida

3. University of Virginia

4. College of William and Mary (Va.)

5. University of Maryland, College Park


7. SUNY Geneseo

8. University of Georgia

9. University of Wisconsin–Madison

10. University of Washington

11. New College of Florida

12. University of California, San Diego

13. University of California, Los Angeles

14. University of Texas at Austin

15. North Carolina State University

16. University of California, Berkeley

17. University of California, Irvine

18. Georgia Institute of Technology

19. James Madison University (Va.)

20. Florida State University

21. College of New Jersey

22. University of Michigan

23. Texas A&M University

24. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

25. Stony Brook University (SUNY)

26. University of Mary Washington (Va.)

27. University of North Carolina at Wilmington

28. University of Pittsburgh (Pa.)

29. University of Delaware

30. Indiana University, Bloomington

31. Truman State University (Mo.)

32. University of Connecticut

33. University of Central Florida

34. University of California, Santa Barbara

35. Appalachian State University (N.C.)

36. SUNY New Paltz

37. University of California, Davis

38. Ohio State University

39. Michigan State University

40. St. Mary's College of Maryland

41. Clemson University (S.C.)

42. University of South Carolina

43. University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

44. Pennsylvania State Univ. at University Park

45. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

46. University at Buffalo (SUNY)

47. SUNY Oneonta

48. Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts

49. Ramapo College of New Jersey 

50. Cal. Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo

51. Rutgers, State Univ. of N.J., New Brunswick

52. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

53. Evergreen State College (Wash.)

54. University of Texas at Dallas

55. University of South Florida

56. Western Washington University

57. University of Arkansas

58. University of North Carolina at Asheville

59. Colorado School of Mines

60. Salisbury University (Md.)

61. George Mason University (Va.)

62. University of Iowa

63. SUNY Brockport

64. SUNY Plattsburgh

65. SUNY Fredonia

66. Purdue University (Ind.)

67. University of Nebraska–Lincoln

68. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

69. University of California, Santa Cruz

70. SUNY Cortland

71. West Chester University of Pennsylvania

72. University of Vermont

73. University at Albany (SUNY)

74. University of Tennessee

75. University of Missouri–Columbia

76. Louisiana State University

77. Miami University (Ohio)

78. Towson University (Md.)

79. California State University, Long Beach

80. Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology

81. University of Oklahoma

82. University of Alabama

83. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

84. College of Charleston (S.C.)

85. University of Colorado at Boulder

86. Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology

87. University of Minnesota, Morris

88. Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania

89. University of Oregon

90. Colorado State University

91. University of Maryland, Baltimore

92. San Diego State University (Cal.)

93. University of New Hampshire

94. Temple University (Pa.)

95. Illinois State University

96. Auburn University (Ala.)

97. Florida International University

98. Washington State University

99. Millersville University of Pennsylvania

100. Georgia College & State University



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