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BU among top five public universities for out-of-staters

Binghamton University ranks among the top five public universities in the nation as the best value for out-of-state students and in the top 25 for in-state students, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

In its biennial listing of best values for public universities released last week, Kiplinger's ranked BU the fourth best value for out-of-state students at an annual cost of $19,537. BU was ranked 24th as a best value for in-state students, with an annual cost of $13,587. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine determines its rankings based on admission rates, student-faculty ratios, percentage of faculty with the highest degrees in their field, finances towards student instruction and learning facilities and graduation rates. Other variables include tuition, mandatory fees and uncovered expenses by financial aid.

The Kiplinger's ranking is the latest in a series of recent commendations by national publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review's The Best 351 Colleges andThe Fiske Guide to Colleges 2004, which called Binghamton "the premier public university in the Northeast."

The rankings have drawn praise from SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King, who said they are a tribute to the leadership of President Lois B. DeFleur as well as the diversity and expertise of the faculty.

"From inclusion in U.S. News and World Report's list of the top 50 public universities for the seventh consecutive year to the The Fiske Guide to Colleges naming Binghamton "the premier public university in the northeast," BU is getting widespread recognition for academic excellence that is well-deserved," King said.

In addition to being one of the best value universities, BU had some of the highest graduation rates in Kiplinger's magazine. Approximately 69 percent of four-year students and 80 percent of six-year students graduate. The magazine also cited a lower debt load for BU graduates.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08