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University 38th in U.S. News rankings

For the 10th consecutive year, Binghamton University ranks among the elite top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list.

This year U.S. News lists Binghamton 38th among its Top 50 Public National Universities that grant doctoral degrees. Binghamton is 86th overall in the publication’s ranking of all doctoral-granting universities, public and private.

“Binghamton works very hard to be an exceptional university and these rankings validate our efforts,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “They’re a reflection of our reputation among peer institutions as well as the quality of our students, faculty and staff.”

The U.S. News list cites Binghamton’s 91 percent freshman retention rate as well as the school’s six-year graduation rate of 79 percent among its strengths. And Binghamton students enroll with SAT scores averaging 1265, about 200 points higher than the national average.

“Being among the top 100 universities out of 3,000 in the country is wonderful, especially given our short history,” said Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions. “Many of the schools on that list have had several hundred years to develop their reputations and look how far we’ve come in about 60 years.”

Binghamton also continues to win acclaim from other college guides.

The 2007 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges again calls the University the “premier public in the Northeast,” citing the Binghamton Scholars and Discovery programs. The book says Binghamton boasts the third-highest four-year graduation rate in the country among public universities.

The new Best 361 Colleges from the Princeton Review includes Binghamton and, quoting students, highlights the management, biology, psychology and politics, philosophy and law programs. The book also mentions Binghamton’s great computer facilities and library, diverse student body and safe campus. The University is ranked 17th on the book’s “more to do on campus” list. The guidebooks and rankings serve as a starting point for prospective students and their parents as they begin their college searches, DeFleur said. Campus visits and other research contribute to students’ decisions about where to apply. Still, the fact that Binghamton consistently appears in the top tier of these lists has helped to increase the number of students applying each year.

“I think the notable thing about Binghamton is we have such an array of accolades from outside sources,” Brown said. “We have appeared in a variety of guidebooks, from being a best value in Kiplinger’s to being one of the best public universities in U.S. News.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08