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Alfred University ranks tops in New York as a 'great school at a great price'
8/20/09

Alfred University is ranked third in the North – and tops in New York -- as a “great school (at a) great price among master’s-degree-granting institutions by U.S. News and World Report in its 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Alfred University is the highest-ranked among New York state colleges on the “best buy” list, which looks at total price, percentage of students receiving financial aid, and the net cost of attendance, but also looks at quality indicators as well.

“We’re delighted at this affirmation of value for the price,” said Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson. “This ranking, coupled with the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which ranked us among the top 1 percent of the more than 4,2000 colleges and universities in the nation as a ‘best buy,’ indicates we do what we say we do: provide a great education at a great price.”

According to U.S. News, “The formula used to determine which colleges and universities offer the best value relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2010 U.S. News ranking, to the 2008–2009 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because we work on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.”

Alfred University is ranked 20th in the North among master’s-degree-granting institutions, down from 17 in 2009. “We’re a bit puzzled, but not concerned,” said Edmondson. “The indices that we care most about, and that indicate the quality of our teaching remain strong. We also have other sources, like Princeton Review and the Fiske Guide, which place us in the top 10 percent among colleges and universities nationwide.”

For more about the ranking: http://colleges.usnews.ra...

For more on the controversy over the rankings: http://www.insidehighered...