Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named SUNY Oneonta to its list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for the ninth consecutive year. The 2015 rankings, released today, recognize four-year schools that deliver academic quality and affordability.
In addition, Kiplinger’s ranked SUNY Oneonta No. 12 on its national list of the “24 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year, 2015.”
To assess quality, Kiplinger’s uses a number of measurable standards, including the admissions rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low tuition, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”
Kiplinger’s is the third magazine in recent months to recognize SUNY Oneonta for quality and value. In September, the college jumped 25 spots to No. 41 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 list of the “Best Regional Universities” in the North and was ranked ninth among public institutions in the region. In July, SUNY Oneonta earned a spot on Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of “America’s Top Colleges” for the first time since the business journal began publishing the rankings in 2008.
The annual list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” is available online.