SUNY Fredonia has once again been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine to its annual ranking of The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges. The rankings, which recognize four-year public institutions which “deliver a stellar education at an affordable price,” compare the cost of tuition, fees, room and board for both in-state and out-of-state students at more than 500 public colleges across the country.
SUNY Fredonia ranks 65th this year for in-state students, a sharp improvement over its 2010 ranking of 87th and markedly better than its 2009 ranking of 77th. For out-of-state students, Fredonia fared even better, ranking 49th in the nation.
“We have been consistently ranked favorably by Kiplinger's and take great pride in being recognized for providing a high quality, real-world education to our students, while keeping their expenses in check,” said SUNY Fredonia President Dennis L. Hefner. “It not only shows prospective students just how marketable a Fredonia education is, but it also assures them that they won't be saddled with exorbitant debt after earning their degree.”
Fredonia was one of 11 SUNY schools included in the rankings, sparked largely by the consistently low tuition found within the SUNY system. Undergraduate tuition remained at $4,970 for New York State residents for the second straight year, while out-of-state residents saw a modest $510 increase to $13,380. Total estimated in-state costs to attend Fredonia in 2010-11 are $16,443, on par with the $16,140 the magazine cites as the national average. Out-of-state Fredonia undergraduates receive a more than $3,200 discount at $24,853, compared to Kiplinger’s $28,130 national average.
SUNY Fredonia has been a perennial selection in Kiplinger’s and other highly regarded rankings. In August, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fredonia 10th among top public, master’s granting universities in the North—and 21st among all private and public universities in the North for freshmen retention rates—in its “America’s Best Colleges” edition.
The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2011 issue—on newsstands today—and online at www.kiplinger.com/tools/colleges .
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