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Binghamton University is again ranked as one of the best values among public universities by The Princeton Review.
VESTAL -- Binghamton University is again ranked as one of the best values among public universities by The Princeton Review.
The review's Best Value Colleges for 2010 lists BU sixth in the nation. Number one was the University of Virginia, followed in order by the City University of New York-Hunter College, New College of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Colorado. Last year, BU ranked fourth in the nation.
The review, conducted by a Manhattan-based educational services company, joined USA TODAY to publish the list.
Universities and colleges must submit applications to be considered for the ranking. The list is compiled by analyzing academics, cost and financial aid from about 700 campuses that were considered the most selective of more than 2,000 public and private four-year schools.
Academic ratings were based on surveying students about class sizes and professors' accessibility, as well as student/faculty ratios and percentage of classes taught by teaching assistants. Financial aid rankings came from school-reported data and student surveys, and factored in tuition, fees and room and board.
"This medium-sized university is more competitive than many of the Northeast's private schools, yet its top-notch education is available for a low state-school price. Undergraduate students choose Binghamton because of its value, but also because every semester they experience a great return on their investment in the form of Binghamton's strong (and ever-growing) academic reputation, its emphasis on innovation, and its extensive study-abroad and language programs," according to the review.
In addition to The Princeton Review rating, BU is the top-ranked school, according to a reader poll at Kiplinger.com. Kiplinger recently ranked BU number one for value for out-of-state students and fifth for in-state students.
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