BUFFALO, N.Y. – Students who want to attend an exceptional
public university that doesn’t burden them with overwhelming
debt should consider the University at Buffalo, according to U.S.
News and World Report.
The magazine’s annual "Best Colleges" guide released today
ranks UB among the top 10 universities nationwide for students
graduating with the least debt. UB is No. 3 among public
universities; its No. 9 among public and private universities.
UB ranked No. 19 among public and private universities in last
year's U.S. News rankings.
During a visit to UB last month, President Barack Obama
applauded the university’s commitment to ensuring that
students graduate with little or no debt. Specifically, Obama
mentioned Finish in 4, a program in which UB pledges to provide
incoming freshmen with the resources they need to graduate in four
The average amount of debt for UB students who incur debt is
$17,449, and more than half of UB students graduate without
debt, according to the U.S. News. At national universities with the
“most debt,” students graduate with average debt of
$35,228 to $43,727, according to U.S. News, and as many as 98
percent of students graduate in debt.
The magazine also listed UB among the best universities in the
country. UB is ranked No. 51 among the nation’s public
universities and No. 109 among both private and public
universities. With the ranking, UB again earns the distinction as
one of the “Best National Universities” in the U.S.,
according to the magazine.
“UB is a research university. We deliver exceptional
education by having our top scholars working closely with students
and we do this with exceptional quality and tremendous
value,” said UB Provost and Executive Vice President Charles
F. Zukoski. “Over the past few years, UB has made
significant investment in our students’ education to enrich
their classroom experiences, provide more courses and sections and
achieve better graduation rates, thereby reducing overall
educational costs to our students and their families.”
More than 1,500 of the country's four-year colleges and
universities were considered by U.S. News for the rankings in a
handful of categories. UB scored well in graduation rate, academic
reputation, student selectivity and student retention.
Also earning a top ranking with U.S. News was UB's School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, ranked No. 65 among the nation's
best undergraduate engineering programs at schools whose highest
degree is a doctorate. UB's School of Management is again ranked as
one of the best undergraduate business programs with a ranking of
No. 86 out of more than 680 accredited schools, higher than any
other business school in the State University of New York
“As we continue to work with Governor Cuomo to position
SUNY and New York to lead in affordability, access and quality, and
President Obama puts these issues into focus nationally, we are
proud to be recognized and ranked favorably by U.S. News and World
Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
“Congratulations to the University at Buffalo and the many
campuses representing SUNY on this list.”
The rankings are available at http://www.usnews.com.