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TOP STORY - University named one of nation's best values

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Binghamton University has been rated No. 1 among the nation’s public universities for out-of-state students and in the top ten for in-state students on Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine’s new list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. Placing seventh overall, Binghamton University is also one of the best values for New York residents.

“This is exciting for not only the University, but for students and parents considering Binghamton,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “These rankings provide important validation for all of our hard work to provide an excellent education as well as an exceptional value for students and their families.”

Using a rigorous quantitative ranking system, the Kiplinger's 100 finds schools that combine a first-class education with outstanding economic value.  Selected from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the schools on the Kiplinger's list were ranked according to academic quality, cost and financial aid.

According to the Kiplinger's rankings, Binghamton University is one the best values for both in-state and out-of-state students. Binghamton ranked No. 1 when considering the best value for out-of-state students and seventh in the nation when considering in-state tuition only. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leads the list, whose top 10 also includes the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia.

Private colleges have recently averaged about $33,000 a year — a sharp contrast to the public institutions on Kiplinger’s top 100 list, most of which cost less than $20,000 a year for in-state students. At Binghamton University, non–New Yorkers pay $22,260, only about one-third more than in-state students.

“With the economic turmoil of 2008, families of all income levels are feeling the financial pinch,” says Fred Frailey, editor of Kiplinger’s. “But schools like these prove that an excellent education is still available at an affordable price.”

The Kiplinger’s list appears in the magazine’s December issue and at

View the rankings by state or by cost, quality or financial-aid measures at  Virtual tours of the top campuses can be found at

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Last Updated: 11/12/13