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Binghamton University's Value Ranks High Again!
7/6/2009 (Source: Press and Sun Bulletin)
Its global perspective, academic excellence and attractive price tag have once again landed Binghamton University on the "Fiske Guide to College" list of Best Buy Schools for 2010.
By Vanessa Ebbeling
University leaders say these rankings can be a helpful tool for college-bound students, especially those looking for a bargain in a lagging economy.
"Families whose older children might not have looked at a public institution are now coming to us and saying, 'Tell us about Binghamton,'" said Cheryl Brown, BU's undergraduate admissions director.
Again this year, admissions records were shattered with nearly 29,000 potential freshmen seeking fall 2009 admission. That's up 9 percent from 2008. Candidates vied for only 2,000 spots, although the university admits more students because some ultimately choose another college.
President Lois DeFleur said BU has been striving to recruit top-notch students, improve academic programs and elevate BU's reputation.
Nineteen other public schools made the list, including the University at Buffalo and SUNY-Geneseo. Private universities include Cornell.
Among BU's winning qualities are a diverse student body and superior graduation rates - 79 percent of students graduate within six years.
Students can enjoy numerous study-abroad programs and a campus where 110 countries are represented. Every student is required to complete a course on global interdependence.
"Binghamton has become the premier public university in the Northeast because of its outstanding academics and commitment to undergraduates," the college guide reads. "It is writing the rules on how to build global awareness and international experiences."
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