INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Binghamton ranked No. 32
By : Katie Ellis
Binghamton University continues to rank among the elite public universities in the nation for quality and value, according to national publications that focus on higher education.
U.S. News & World Report’s 157h annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue and guidebook has ranked Binghamton 32nd in its list of top public universities – the eighth consecutive year Binghamton has rated among the elite Top 50. Binghamton also placed 74th overall in the publication’s ranking of all doctoral universities, public and private.
In addition, Binghamton has again been praised by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2005 edition, as being the “premier public university in the Northeast” and one of the best values in the nation – a ranking echoed by the Princeton Review’s The Best 357 Colleges.
The Fiske Guide ranks Binghamton as one of only 43 best values in public or private higher education in the nation, and writes, “Binghamton offers a challenging academic pace without the cut-throat edge.”
One student is quoted as having said, “The caliber of the students here is much greater than that of any other SUNY school and right on par with the best private institutions.”
According to the Princeton Review, at Binghamton students “can experiment with ideas, think freely, and get the tools to expand their view of the world.”
The Review also named Binghamton one of the best colleges in the Northeast. “I am so proud that Binghamton’s quality and value are consistently praised by national publications,” said President Lois B. DeFleur.
“These publications look at more than statistics,” she added. “They listen to our peers and talk to our students, and what they continue to find is that Binghamton’s excellence comes from the quality of our faculty, students and staff, and from our total commitment to be the best we can be.”
With so much at stake for prospective students and their parents, these rankings and guides are important tools during a college search, according to Cheryl Brown, Binghamton’s director of undergraduate admissions.
“The college choice process is a complicated one and families are often overwhelmed as they make decisions,” said Brown. “Having reference guides such as these provides a way to help them.”
To compile its rankings, U.S. News & World Report annually calculates scores based on: academic reputation from peer institutions; retention of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rates; and, alumni giving rates to compile its rankings.
According to the magazine, each school’s rank is based on the same set of quality indicators. Complete U.S. News ranking information is available at www.usnews.com.
The Fiske Guide surveys college administrators and students, makes campus visits, conducts telephone interviews and solicits other background information to research its publication, which is collated by a staff of journalists and freelance writers. It is then edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times.
The Princeton Review collects statistical information from the institutions themselves, and routinely surveys students directly for their opinions about academics, campus life and extracurricular activities. All three publications are now available on newsstands.