INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Binghamton University continues to shine in rankings
By : By Katie Ellis
U.S. News & World Report’s 16th annual “America’s Best Colleges” has again ranked Binghamton University among the top 50 public universities in the nation. The magazine annually publishes rankings based on quality and value. Binghamton — now rated among the elite top 50 for nine consecutive years — is ranked 30th, up two places from last year.
In addition, Binghamton continues to receive praise as being the “premier public university in the Northeast” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2006 edition and as a “top-rate school that’s way more competitive than most private schools in the northeast, and you get it at a state school price,” by the Princeton Review’s The Best 361 Colleges.
The Fiske Guide writes, “With a four-year graduation rate that is third highest in the country among public universities, Bing-hamton has a reputation for an excellent education at a reasonable price ” Fiske also notes that Binghamton continues to draw smart students to its vibrant and growing campus and students have noticed — and appreciate — the changes taking place. “Binghamton consistently receives recognition in national publications for its excellence,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “I’m proud of our track record and these rankings focus on where we stand in relation to our peers in offering a quality education. We attract exceptional students and due to our faculty and staff, our students graduate and are very successful in their postgraduate work and careers.”
“The college choice process for students is extremely complex,” said Brian Hazlett, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions. “The college guidebooks provide a general overview of several key factors and can serve as one tool — an important starting point — for students who are beginning their college search.“
To compile its rankings, U.S. News & World Report annually calculates scores based on: academic reputation from peer institutions; retention of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rates; and alumni giving rates to compile its rankings.
According to the magazine, each school’s rank is based on the same set of quality indicators. Complete U.S. News ranking information is available at www.usnews.com.
The Fiske Guide surveys college administrators and students, makes campus visits, conducts telephone interviews and solicits other background information to research its publication, which is collated by a staff of journalists and freelance writers. It is then edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times.
The Princeton Review collects statistical information from the institutions themselves, and routinely surveys students directly. All three publications are now available on newsstands.