The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges Binghamton University ranked in top 10 for academic excellence, best value


BINGHAMTON, NY-- Binghamton University, State University of New York, is once again among the best values in public colleges, according to the 2008 rankings from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The magazine considers Binghamton the second-best value in the country for out-of-state students and the eighth-best value for New York residents.

Using a rigorous quantitative ranking system, the Kiplinger 100 finds schools that combine a first-class education with outstanding economic value. In its rankings, academic quality measurements account for about two-thirds of a campus' score. Factors include SAT scores; admission, retention and graduation rates; student-faculty ratios, total costs as well as average costs after aid and average debt.

“Binghamton University consistently ranks among the top public institutions in the nation,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “The rankings enhance our national and international reputation and help us to attract the best students from New York as well as from all corners of the world.”

Selected from a pool of over 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the schools on the Kiplinger list were ranked according to academic quality, cost and financial aid. Other schools in the top 10 include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and Florida.

“Despite rising tuition costs, there are still many first-rate institutions providing outstanding academics at an affordable price,” says Fred Frailey, editor of Kiplinger’s. “Schools like these prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education—and without a huge cloud of debt looming.”

Binghamton University has been among the elite top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list for 10 years, coming in 37th this year. And the 2008 edition of Fiske Guide to Collegesagain calls the University the “premier public university in the Northeast.”

The Kiplinger’s list appears in the magazine’s February issue and at For more details on the Kiplinger1s rankings, go to

Last Updated: 9/17/13