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Binghamton remains in Top 50 of national university rankings


By Katie Ellis

Binghamton University continues to rank among the elite public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s 16th annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue and guidebook ranks Binghamton 35th in its list of top public universities — the seventh year in a row that Binghamton has ranked among the elite Top 50. Binghamton also remains in the top 100 of all doctoral universities in the rankings.

Binghamton also again made the grade in the Princeton Review’s The Best 351 Colleges, which gives Binghamton four stars out of four for selectivity and three stars for academics, and in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2004 edition, which is compiled by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times.

According to Fiske, “Binghamton has become the premier public university in the northeast because of its outstanding academic programs, such as the Binghamton Scholars and Discovery Initiative, and its commitment to undergraduates.” The Fiske Guide also rates Binghamton a “best buy” school — one of only 22 “best buys” in public universities, selected based on quality of academic offerings in relation to cost of attendance.

“A number of national rankings and guidebooks are released at this time of year, and all of them consistently include Binghamton among the best,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “The U.S. News & World Report rankings are perhaps the best known and consider a number of qualitative factors achieved by our faculty, students and alumni. We have established a tradition of excellence, and these rankings continue to showcase our efforts.”

U.S. News annually calculates scores to compile its rankings based on indicators of academic excellence in the areas of academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates and alumni giving rates. According to the magazine, the rankings are reliable, objective and fair, with each school’s rank based on the same set of quality measures.

Both the Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to Colleges use a combination of data garnered from the schools and student surveys. Fiske staff members also visit many campuses and look at materials published about each school before compiling the guide.

Binghamton also placed well on the U. S. News list of students who graduate with the least amount of debt. Of all graduates, 60 percent leave Binghamton with an average debt of $13,915.

U.S. News editors wrote that their rankings can help students guide their college search because they “can help you learn a lot about a school.”

“Looking at unfamiliar schools that are ranked near schools you know and love can be a good way to broaden your search,” the editors wrote. “You can also quickly compare different schools’ stats at a glance . . . Combined with college visits, interviews, and your own intuition, the rankings can be a powerful tool in the college admission process.”

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue and guidebook and U.S. News & World Report’s “Best College Values” magazine issue are available on newsstands, as are the Princeton Review’s The Best 351 Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The top 50 public National Universities-doctoral
1. University of California-Berkeley
University of Virginia
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
4. University of California-Los Angeles
5. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
6. College of William and Mary (VA)
7. University of California-San Diego
University of Wisconsin-Madison
9. Georgia Institute of Tech
10. University of Illinois-Urbana- Champaign
11. University of California-Davis
12. University of California-Irvine
University of California-Santa Barbara
University of Washington
15. Pennsylvania State University-U. Park
University of Florida
17. University of Maryland-College Park
University of Texas-Austin
19. University of Iowa
20. Purdue University-West Lafayette (IN)
University of Georgia
22. Ohio State University-Columbus
Rutgers-New Brunswick-(NJ)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
25. Miami University-Oxford (OH)
University of Connecticut
27. Indiana University-Bloomington
Texas A&M University-College Station
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Delaware
University of Pittsburgh
32. Michigan State University
University of Missouri-Columbia
Virginia Tech
35. Clemson University (SC)
Binghamton University
SUNY-College of Environmental
Science and Forestry
University of Colorado-Boulder
39. North Carolina State University- Raleigh
University of California-Riverside
41. Iowa State University
42. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Vermont
44. Auburn University (AL)
University of Kansas
University of New Hampshire
University of Tennessee
48. Michigan Technological University
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
Washington State University
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Last Updated: 10/14/08