By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh has once again been recognized for offering quality education at an affordable price.
The school was recently named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2014 ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Education.
Published by the national monthly magazine, the list comprises four-year institutions that provide both outstanding education and economic value.
“It’s wonderful to be noticed by some external ranking instruments,” said Richard Higgins, director of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment management at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The college, which ranked 78th on Kiplinger’s list for out-of-state students and 98th for in-state students, was also recently named one of the top 30 colleges in the country to offer students the best bang for their buck in 2013 by Washington Monthly magazine.
In addition, the school received a High Return on Investment honor from Affordable Colleges Online.
SUNY Plattsburgh has made Kiplinger’s list multiple times before, most recently in 2011, when it ranked 63rd for out-of-state students and 64th for in-state students.
In determining the 2014 rankings, the magazine evaluated nearly 600 schools, taking into consideration their cost and financial aid, student indebtedness, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support.
“It means that we have quality programs, we have excellent graduation results, and we have high-ability students coming,” Higgins said of his institution making the list.
Several other SUNY schools also appear on Kiplinger’s top 100 for 2014, including Binghamton, Geneseo, Stony Brook, New Paltz, Buffalo, Oneonta, Fredonia and Purchase College.
“The college landscape today is very different — tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, in a media release from SUNY Plattsburgh.
“This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students.”
About 40 percent of SUNY Plattsburgh’s incoming freshman class was awarded scholarships by the school, which, Higgins told the Press-Republican, not only reduces costs for those students but also provides the college with an enhanced student profile.
Rankings, such as Kiplinger’s, get people’s notice, he continued, and seeing SUNY Plattsburgh on the list may inspire some to add the school to their own shortlist of potential colleges to attend or send their children.
In turn, those people may then decide to visit the campus, which, Higgins noted, is a crucial step in choosing a school.
SUNY Plattsburgh, he continued, has also put a lot of effort into developing its website, plattsburgh.edu, which is another place for people to get a feel for the college.
“We all work very hard with that to put out the benefits of our institution,” Higgins said.
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For more information about Kiplinger's 2014 list of the 100 best values in public colleges, visit kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C000-S002-best-values-in-public-colleges-2014.html