SUNYIT has been ranked 35th in a nationwide "Best Colleges for the Money" ranking of more than 1,200 institutions evaluated by College Factual, an online guide to the college selection process. SUNYIT's ranking reflects its academic quality and economic value, based on the cost of obtaining an undergraduate degree. College Factual uses a number of outcomes-based factors to determine its rankings, such as average student loan debt per student, loan default rates, how well an institution retains and graduates students, and graduates’ starting salaries and earning potential. "With a record number of freshmen arriving on campus in just a few weeks, this ranking is another reminder why more students are choosing SUNYIT," said Jennifer Ninh, director of admissions. "As New York's public polytechnic, SUNYIT is becoming a college of choice for an increasing number of students from across the state and all over the region looking for both quality and affordability." College Factual's ranking system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education, nationally mandated data reporting for institutions and Payscale. "College rankings lists are a dime a dozen and often rely on data that provides limited value. We publish rankings to get students and parents thinking about key factors they need to consider when choosing a college," said Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual. “How long will it take you to graduate? How much debt will you incur? How much money will you make? We highlight important factors such as these in our rankings to help build personalized lists, which is the ultimate goal in any college selection process."