The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges


       Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been rated number one among the nation’s public universities for out-of-state students and in the top five for in-state students on Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine’s new list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. Using a rigorous quantitative ranking system, the Kiplinger 100 finds schools that combine a first-class education with outstanding economic value. 

       “Binghamton offers an excellent education at a reasonable price,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur said, “and I am pleased that the University has received national recognition for its quality education.”

       Selected from a pool of over 500 public four-year colleges and universities, the schools on the Kiplinger 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 1st when considering the best value for out-of-state students and 5th 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.

       Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, noted that the rankings weigh academic excellence more heavily than cost. “It’s our quality, it’s our graduation rates, it’s our achievement, it’s our retention that put us in this fine company,” she said.
Brown said college expenses are an extraordinary burden for many families. “It helps to have this kind of validation that the price of Binghamton also gives them such a quality place,” she said.

       Tuition and fees at four-year public institutions have risen 35 percent during the past four years, according to the College Board. Yet “real values are still available,” says Fred Frailey, editor of Kiplinger’s. “The Kiplinger 100 helps students and their families determine the best match for their educational goals and financial resources.”

       Binghamton University has been among the elite top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list for 10 years, coming in 38th this year. And the 2007 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges calls the University the “premier public university in the Northeast.” The Kiplinger’s list appears in the magazine’s February issue and at View the rankings by state or by cost, quality or financial-aid measures at

Last Updated: 9/17/13