Kiplinger's names SUNY Oneonta to list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges"
ONEONTA, N.Y. - Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has named SUNY Oneonta to its list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year. The 2013 rankings, released earlier this week, recognize four-year schools that deliver academic quality and affordability. SUNY Oneonta was also singled out in Kiplinger's ranking of "10 Public Colleges with the Lowest Debt for Graduating Students." SUNY Oneonta sits at No. 3 on the list, which recognizes schools that offer "academic quality as well as enough financial support to help students earn their diploma while keeping student debt manageable." 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. Each year, SUNY Oneonta awards nearly $2.5 million in scholarships based on academic achievement. A quarter of the SUNY Oneonta Class of 2011 had no debt at graduation, and the average amount of debt for those who had received student loans was $13,700-about half the national average. The annual list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" is available in Kiplinger's February 2013 issue and online. Kiplinger's is the second magazine in recent months to recognize SUNY Oneonta for providing an excellent education at an affordable cost. In September, U.S. News and World Report ranked SUNY Oneonta among the top 50 regional universities in the North. SUNY Oneonta was also one of only five schools in the region to earn a spot on U.S. News' "Least Debt" list, which highlights institutions whose 2011 graduates had the lightest debt loads.