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U.S. News & World Report: Binghamton among top public schools

For the 13th consecutive year, Binghamton University is ranked among the nation’s elite universities, according to the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

The latest edition of the magazine, which hit newsstands Aug. 24, ranks Binghamton University 37th among public universities and colleges, and 80th among all public and private universities. Binghamton is also the only SUNY school on the list of schools whose students graduate with the least debt.

“I am proud that year after year, Binghamton University’s quality and value are recognized in national publications,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “We have a reputation for providing students the educational and professional skills they need to be successful in our competitive, global society, so we continue to enroll exceptional students to work with our outstanding faculty.”

The annual U.S. News & World Report ranking is based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects the magazine’s judgment about how much a measure matters. In its methodology, U.S. News considers academic reputation, retention, student-to-faculty ratios, student selectivity and alumni giving rate, among other factors.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking is the latest in a series of recent accolades underscoring Binghamton University’s national reputation. The Princeton Review named the University to its second-annual “Green Rating” of colleges and ranks it the fourth-best value in the nation in its “Best 371 Colleges” listing. The 2010 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges again calls the University the “premier public university in the Northeast,” adding that Binghamton is “writing the rules on how to build global awareness and international programs into the curriculum.”

U.S. News & World Report ranking information is available at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08