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Buffalo State named 'Best Bang for the Buck College' by Washington Monthly


Tue, Aug 25th 2015 04:25 pm

Buffalo State ranks ahead of all other WNY four-year colleges in category

Washington Monthly magazine ranked Buffalo State 28th in the "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast" category (out of 402 institutions) in the magazine's 2015 ratings released Monday.

Buffalo State is the highest ranked four-year college in Western New York on the "Best Bang for the Buck College" list, which rates colleges doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

In the overall rankings, Buffalo State ranks 95th nationally out of 673 institutions in the master's universities category. Washington Monthly's overall college rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

"I am pleased to see Buffalo State recognized by Washington Monthly as one of America's best colleges," Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said. "A Buffalo State education allows graduates to attain personal and professional success. Our students are engaged members of the Buffalo State community and, when they leave, they become leaders within their chosen fields.

"It is wonderful to be recognized for the superior education provided by our campus and the many ways our graduates work toward and attain success," Conway-Turner added. "Buffalo State's affordable and excellent education has been opening the doors of achievement to thousands of students for many years, and I look forward to maintaining our commitment to excellence, engagement and social responsibility."

Earlier this year, Buffalo State received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for this prestigious designation. Buffalo State also is a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognized the college for its more than 500,000 community service hours on the part of students, faculty and staff during the 2012-13 academic year.

Later this week, Buffalo State will welcome approximately 2,000 new first-year students to campus (an institutional record). Freshmen will move into their residence halls Tuesday and participate in orientation Wednesday and Thursday. The college received more than 13,500 applications from prospective freshmen for fall 2015, an 8 percent increase from a year ago.

The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 31.

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