Area Colleges, Universities among Nation's Best on Value ; Schools Score Well for Cost, Least Amounts of Debt
Buffalo Niagara colleges, universities ranked among best for value
The Buffalo region is home to some of the best college values in the nation, a new U.S. News & World Report survey suggests.
Four private colleges are among the 15 colleges the magazine lists as "best value" among regional universities in the Northeast.
Alfred University ranked No. 3, followed by St. Bonaventure, No. 5; Canisius College, No. 7; and Niagara University, No. 12.
The University at Buffalo also was mentioned among the Top 10 universities in the nation for students graduating with the least amount of debt.
In that category, UB ranked No. 9 among the nation's public and private universities.
The rankings released Tuesday come less than three weeks after President Obama visited UB to talk about curbing the rising cost of college.
"At a time when colleges are coming under a lot of scrutiny nationally, it's reassuring to know that we're still considered such a great value," said Sister Margaret Carney, president of St. Bonaventure University.
"People often become fixated on the literal bottom line without considering how generous our scholarship and aid packages are," she said.
Tuition is $26,900 at Niagara; $27,824 at Alfred; $29,589 at Bonaventure; and $31,990 at Canisius.
But when taking into account need-based financial aid, the average cost is $21,931 at Alfred; $22,224 at Bonaventure; $23,069 at Niagara; and $25,014 at Canisius, according to the magazine.
The news comes as no surprise to those at the local colleges.
"We have a history of being ranked in the best values, and it's really based upon our commitment to be as affordable as possible," said Earl E. Pierce, vice president for enrollment manager at Alfred.
Higher-education institutions throughout upstate New York have had to keep their prices affordable because of the relatively poor local economy and modest family incomes, college officials said. …