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July 19, 2013

SUNY Plattsburgh makes Best Colleges list

TROY — SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked No. 41 among the top 150 best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual.

College Factual, found at collegefactual.com, is a new site that uses customizable, outcomes-based tools and rankings to guide students through the college-selection process.

SUNY Plattsburgh’s rank reflects the institution’s academic quality and economic value, based on the cost of obtaining an undergraduate degree.

A number of outcomes-based factors were used to determine this ranking, such as average student loan debt per student, loan default rates, how well the institution retains and graduates students and graduates’ starting salaries and earning potential.

“College rankings lists are a dime a dozen and often rely on data that provides limited value,” College Factual CEO Bill Phelan said in a news release.

“We publish rankings to get students and parents thinking about key factors they need to consider when choosing a college. How long will it take you to graduate? How much debt will you incur? How much money will you make?”

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.

You can find all SUNY Plattsburgh’s rankings at: collegefactual.com/colleges/suny-college-at-plattsburgh/rankings/badges.

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