A number of online resources rank Alfred State College (ASC) highly when it comes to affordability and student life, two factors that are crucial for students trying to decide which college is right for them. For affordability, multiple databases show ASC No. 3 in the state. Other sites rank the college highly for other attributes important to students such as an award for being No. 5 in the state for best campus food.
Betsy Penrose, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Alfred State is excited to have been recognized as a college that provides both a high-quality education at an affordable price for all students, as well as the tools and resources students need to make the most of their college experience and be well prepared for their careers.”
One of those resources, Money Magazine, recently placed Alfred State within the top 10 percent among best colleges for your money out of 4,500 US colleges considered. For New York public schools with fewer than 5,000 students, Money Magazine ranked Alfred State No. 3.
Money Magazine focused on three basic factors that surveys show are the most important to parents and students: quality of education, affordability, and outcomes. Specifically, it analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, alumni earnings, and 22 other data points to find the country’s top values.
Additionally, AffordableColleges.com ranked Alfred State No. 3 in its list of most affordable online bachelor’s degrees in New York. This list focuses on bachelor’s degree programs that offer the lowest tuition and that have the highest return-on-investment for students. Alfred State earned another No. 3 ranking from AffordableColleges.com in the list of best choices for out-of-state students searching public colleges in New York.
Also worth noting is that out-of-state students may begin their education at the extremely economical associate degree rate, then complete their bachelor’s degree through a 2+2 system. This means these students may receive their associate degree in two years and their bachelor’s degree in another two years more cost effectively than if they initially enrolled in a four-year program.
AffordableColleges.com used the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Run by the US Department of Education, IPEDS offers reliable and accurate insight into affordability, academic pedigree, and online/distance learning programs.
In addition to being ranked as an excellent value, Alfred State is also recognized for a high quality of student life.
Niche.com ranked ASC fifth among New York public colleges in its Best College Food list, which is based on meal plan costs and student reviews. Also, Alfred State came in at No. 7 among New York public colleges in Niche’s Best Campus Resources list, which applauds top-ranked colleges for offering outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities. To acquire its data, Niche.com rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and more than 100 million reviews and survey responses.
In one of the most prestigious rankings, Alfred State recently ranked highly in several categories by US New & World Report, coming in as the No. 1 SUNY school among Northern Regional Colleges, and as the No. 1 public college for Best Value Schools among Northern Regional Colleges. To view a complete list of Alfred State’s rankings, visit www.AlfredState.edu/rankings.