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University receives accolades from Kiplinger's, Princeton Review

Binghamton University is once again ranked in the nation’s top 10 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s new list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

For the second year in a row, Binghamton is ranked No. 1 for out-of-state students, making it the most affordable university in the nation for non-New York students. Binghamton also moved up two spots to come in fifth for in-state students making it the top buy for New Yorkers.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February issue on newsstands now and online now at

Binghamton also has been named to the Princeton Review’s 100 “Best Value Colleges” list for 2010. The University is ranked sixth on the Princeton Review’s list of top public “best value” colleges and universities. More information about the rankings can be found at

“Binghamton works very hard to be an exceptional university and these rankings are a great indication that we continue to be successful in offering our students an excellent education at a reasonable price,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur said.

Selected from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the Kiplinger’s rankings combine a first-class education with outstanding economic value. Measurements on academic quality account for about two-thirds of a campus’ score and include factors such as SAT or ACT scores, admission, retention and graduation rates, and student-faculty ratios. Schools are also ranked on total expenses as well as average costs after aid and average debt.

The Princeton Review list is based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance and financial aid.

According to Kiplinger’s, private colleges have recently averaged almost $36,000 a year — a sharp contrast to the public schools on the top 100 list, in which 39 charge the same or less than the average annual in-state sticker price of roughly $15,000. Plus, the deals aren’t restricted to in-state students. At Binghamton University, which takes the top spot in value for out-of-state students, non-New Yorkers pay $26,075 a year, only one-third more than in-state students.

Other public universities on Kiplinger’s top 10 best values list include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08