Praised for Strong Academic Record and Great Economic Value
Purchase College, State University of New York has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012–13. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
“We are proud to be recognized for the unceasing effort we make to provide a quality educational experience while carefully considering its cost and our student debt burdens. We gratefully acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our esteemed faculty and the ongoing achievement of our students,” said Thomas J. Schwarz, president of Purchase College.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue—on newsstands January 1, 2013—and online now at: www.kiplinger.com/links/college. Web visitors will find special features, including an FAQ about how the public colleges are ranked, a slide show of the top ten schools, and a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost, average debt at graduation, and admission rate. In addition, Kiplinger’s top 200 private colleges and universities of 2012-13—announced in November 2012—are featured in the Best College Values report.
About Purchase College, SUNY
Governor Nelson Rockefeller founded “SUNY Purchase” in 1967, envisioning its niche as the cultural gem of a major public university system where juxtaposing two styles of education—traditional liberal arts and sciences programs and conservatory-based arts training—would foster both the intellectual and artistic cognizance of all students.
Today, with a full-time student population of approximately 4,200, Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY) offers a unique education that combines rigorous programs in the liberal arts and sciences with professional conservatory training programs in the visual and performing arts. The Purchase experience emphasizes inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity. Purchase College is one of 64 campuses in the SUNY system.