For a second consecutive year, SUNY Cortland was ranked in the top 5 percent of all four-year colleges in the United States as a “Best College for Your Money.”
Money magazine analyzed graduation rates, tuition, average student debt and career earnings — as well as 22 other factors — to measure three primary criteria: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.
SUNY Cortland was ranked No. 117 in the nation out of 2,400 colleges and universities, highest among SUNY’s comprehensive colleges. Affordable tuition, low student debt and successful early career earnings give SUNY Cortland students a strong return on their investment.
“This recognition is gratifying because it confirms SUNY Cortland’s historic dedication to providing our students with a high-quality, transformative education at an affordable price,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “We are a campus of engaged and ambitious students who use their Cortland education to succeed in teaching, athletics, health care, business, communications, and a wide variety of other fields.”
The College has earned similar recognition from numerous national publications and organizations over the last year:
To build this year’s ranking, Money trimmed the nation’s approximately 2,400 colleges to a list of 727 top-value institutions by looking at four criteria:
Colleges were then ranked according to 26 points of data that were sorted into three categories. The quality of education category considered graduation rate, instructor quality and each school’s financial stability. Affordability was calculated based on the net price of a degree, debt default risk and the cost of education for low-income students. Outcomes were measured by looking at graduate earnings at multiple points post-graduation.