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SUNY Cortland a “Best College for Your Money”

SUNY Cortland a “Best College for Your Money”

08/12/2019 

SUNY Cortland has been ranked among the top institutions in the nation by Money magazine as a “Best College for Your Money.”

Money’s annual list placed SUNY Cortland at No. 141 in the nation as one of the best for successfully combining quality and affordability. The magazine ranked a total of 744 colleges out of 2,400 across the country.

For the second consecutive year, Cortland was the highest-ranked of all SUNY comprehensive colleges in Money’s Best Value list.

"Once again, we are gratified by this recognition of our ability to offer academic excellence, transformative experiences and a healthy and exciting environment at a reasonable cost," SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said.

To construct its rankings, Money weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition, family borrowing and estimated career earnings. It consulted sources such as the U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s and PayScale.com and weighed colleges based on quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

The university has also been recognized by a number of national publications and organizations for excellence.

  • The Princeton Review named SUNY Cortland to its 2020 lists for “Best Northeastern” colleges and top “Green Colleges.”
  • Kiplinger placed Cortland on its annual list of the top 500 best college values for 2019.
  • The university ranked No. 94 in the nation on the top public colleges and universities list developed by CollegeConsensus.com.
  • YourLocalSecurity.com analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and named Cortland the safest college environment in New York state. Cortland was previously named the safest college town in New York by Safewise.com in 2017.
  • Cortland placed in the top 3% of most sustainable campuses in the nation by STARS, the Sustainability, Tracking and Assessment Rating System.
  • The master’s concentration for coaching in the Physical Education Department was ranked No. 5 in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.
  • CollegeFactual.com named the university’s Communication and Media Studies Department and the History Department to its lists of the “Best Value for the Money” programs in the U.S.
  • Cortland was the only public college in New York state named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll for its dedication to transfer students.
  • For its work renovating three dining facilities in Corey Union, Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) was honored with a silver medal from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) in the retail sales single/multiple/marketplace category of its Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards.

Money ranked colleges on 26 factors, including six-year graduation rate, instructor quality, student debt, ability to repay debt and a variety of statistics tied to earnings after graduation.  


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