Published September 12, 2013
The magazine’s annual “Best Colleges” guide released on Sept. 10 ranks UB among the top 10 universities nationwide for students graduating with the least debt. UB is No. 3 among public universities and 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 years.
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,” says Charles F. Zukoski, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “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. The School of Management again is 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 SUNY.
“As we continue to work with Gov. 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,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to the University at Buffalo and the many campuses representing SUNY on this list.”
These rankings simply validate what we alumni already know: that UB provides an outstanding education at an exceptional value. Nothing is mediocre. Why, though, is UB the best university you've never heard of? Living out of state, I get blank stares when I identify my alma mater. It is too bad, but it makes me no less proud of the school.