September 27, 2023
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Binghamton jumps in U.S. News rankings

Binghamton tops all other SUNY schools, moves from 41st to 33rd best public university in the nation

Binghamton University's clock tower atop the University Union, at sunset. Binghamton University's clock tower atop the University Union, at sunset.
Binghamton University's clock tower atop the University Union, at sunset. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.

Binghamton University is again the top SUNY school in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 13. The University moved up five places and is tied at #83 overall in the national universities category, which includes nearly 400 institutions. The University also moved up eight places from #41 to #33 in the best public in the nation category, tied with the Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, the University of California-Riverside and the University of Iowa.

“It’s highly unusual for a school to move more than a place or two in these very competitive rankings, so I’m gratified to see us climb eight spots among publics and five overall, ” said Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger. “We have an incredible team of faculty, researchers and staff here. It’s a credit to their collaborative efforts that we continue to be a destination for exceptional students.”

Binghamton also hit the top 100, coming in at #90, for its performance on social mobility, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell grants, who typically come from low-income households.

U.S. News focuses on 17 measures of academic quality to compile its rankings, including graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources per student, class size and the percent of faculty with terminal degrees in their field. In addition, factors such as the student to faculty ratio, the average federal loan debt of graduates and a peer assessment are considered.

Binghamton was also rated among the best values in the nation by U.S. News, coming in at #57, which is 35 places ahead of any other SUNY school.

The University placed in the top 50 of schools that are best for undergraduate teaching (#42), and also that are the best colleges for veterans (#46). Additional appearances for the University included individual undergraduate programs ranked by the publication: nursing at #96, the overall engineering program at #114 and computer science at #122.

In other rankings news, The Princeton Review has again included Binghamton University in “The Best 387 Colleges” guide, with the University placing #15 on its Top 20 Best Value Colleges without Aid list, #19 on its Top 50 Best Value Colleges (Public Schools) list and #19 on its Top 20 Best Career Placement (Public Schools) list.