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Binghamton among nation's best values

Binghamton University 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. The total cost after aid for New Yorkers was $10,973; it was $17,233 for out-of-state students.

“Binghamton University consistently ranks among the top public institutions in the nation,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “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.”

Kiplinger’s highlights schools that combine top-flight academics with affordable costs. 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.

Other schools in the top 10 include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and the University of 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 receives accolades from numerous college rankings and guide books. The 2008 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges once again calls Binghamton the “premier public university in the Northeast.” The 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report ranked Binghamton 37th among public universities and colleges and 82nd among all universities.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08