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University again named to Fiske’s ‘best buy’ list

For the third consecutive year, Binghamton University has been rated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and recognized yet again as the “premier public in the Northeast.”

Binghamton is one of 44 institutions, 20 public and 24 private, to be recognized by the college guide. The “Best Buy” rating is based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

“Binghamton University is committed to providing an excellent and affordable educational experience,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “Our goals are to recruit the best students and provide them with high-quality academic programs as well as international and interdisciplinary opportunities so that they will be successful as graduates. It is obvious that we are achieving these goals and it is gratifying to receive recognition for our accomplishments.”

To determine the list, Fiske researchers combined the cost data with academic and other lifestyle information about each college and university to determine what institutions offer remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.

The guide gives high marks to Binghamton’s academics, including its efforts to expand global awareness. Binghamton professors earned praise for their accessibility and classroom presentation. Students also are positive about Binghamton’s lively social life, its strong athletic program and residential communities.

The Fiske rating is the latest in a series of accolades underscoring Binghamton University’s national reputation.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked it first in the nation as a best value for out-of-state students and seventh overall. Binghamton was also ranked in U.S. News & World Report as one of the most selective public universities in the nation. In Forbes magazine, Binghamton is listed 11th among the nation’s top public colleges, and fourth in the nation and first in the Northeast among public universities for top starting salaries.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08