SUNY Cortland was ranked by Kiplinger’s among its 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2007, a list that highlights national institutions “noteworthy for their combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs.”
Kiplinger's determined its rankings based on data provided by more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. Schools on the list were ranked according to academic quality, cost and financial aid. When this year's rankings were released, Kiplinger's noted that the schools on the list “combine outstanding value with a first-class education.”
Ranked 97th in the U.S. for in-state students, SUNY Cortland fared even better with its 64th national ranking for out-of-state students.
“Our emphasis on academic strength is reflected in our scoring,” wrote Kiplinger’s, “academic quality measurements carry more weight than costs — almost two-thirds of the total. We also used academic-quality scores and average debt at graduation to break ties.”
Factors used to determine academic quality included percentage of high SAT and ACT scores among freshmen, admission rates, freshmen retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates.
Then each institution was ranked on cost and financial aid. Cost was determined by tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and estimated expenses for books. Other determinants included average cost for a student with need after subtracting grants but not loans; average cost for a student without need after subtracting non-need-based grants; average percentage of need met by aid; and average debt a student accumulates before graduation.