State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan today announced that two
of SUNY’s colleges topped this year’s Kiplinger’s “Best Value” in public
colleges list, while seven others also ranked among the best in the nation.
to Kiplinger’s, Binghamton University ranked 5th in the nation and Geneseo ranked 7th
for offering students a high-quality education at a relatively low total cost.
Stony Brook University, the College at Fredonia, the
Universities at Albany and Buffalo as well as the Colleges at Cortland, Oneonta, and Purchase also made the top 100.
Kiplinger's determined its rankings based on data provided by more than
500 public four-year colleges and universities. Schools on the list were ranked
according to academic quality, cost and financial aid. When this year’s rankings were
released, Kiplinger’s noted that the schools on the list “combine
outstanding value with a first-class education.”
publications continue to recognize SUNY campuses for providing access to an
affordable, high-quality education,” said Ryan. “Magazine rankings help focus
attention on the great work done on our campuses, but I would urge prospective
students and their parents to visit our campuses and meet our current faculty,
staff and students and then make up their minds about SUNY.”
the highest number of campuses to be recognized by the list with the state of California, both of which have nine campuses
listed. Next highest on the list are Virginia, with six campuses; Florida, with
five campuses, and Washington and Texas, both with three campuses.
Binghamton University and Geneseo were also ranked first and second,
respectively, for offering the best value in public colleges to out-of-state
University President Lois B. DeFleur said, “Binghamton offers an excellent education at a reasonable price, and I am pleased
that the University has received national recognition for its quality
education. This gives the University more opportunities to attract talented
students to join our vibrant campus community.”
Kiplinger's rankings once again confirm the quality of a Geneseo
education," said SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "They
are a reflection of the synergy between an outstanding liberal arts faculty and
the talented students we attract and a further indication of Geneseo's
reputation as New York's public honors college."
addition, Stony Brook University ranked 13th for
out-of-state residents and 35th for in-state residents; and SUNY
Fredonia ranked 39th for out-of-state residents and 70th
for in-state residents.
University at Albany and the University at Buffalo also made Kiplinger’s List,
with rankings of 36th and 67th, and 46th and
89th for out-of-state residents and in-state residents,
respectively. In addition, SUNY Oneonta ranked 56th, SUNY Purchase
ranked 63rd, and SUNY Cortland rated 64th for
out-of-state residents, while all three were rated in the 90s for in-state
SUNY tuition and fees are below the national average.
According to the 2006 College Board annual survey, the national average for
tuition and fees at public four-year institutions is $5,836, and the SUNY
average is $5,416. Average tuition and fees at SUNY are far below those of New England, which are $7,658 per year; Middle
States, at $6,860, and Midwestern States, which average $7,075.
2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked Binghamton University (30th), SUNY College of
Environmental Science & Forestry (43rd), and Stony Brook University (45th) as three of the
Top 50 public national universities offering a doctoral degree, and the
University at Buffalo 57th in the nation among
public universities. Binghamton University (74th),
SUNY ESF (93rd), and Stony Brook University (97th)
were also ranked among the top 100 universities – public or private – in the
In addition, U.S.
News & World Report ranked Geneseo second and SUNY New
Paltz ranked eighth among universities in the North offering a full
range of undergraduate and master’s programs.
University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 418,000
students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.