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Fiske's designation of a "best buy" isn't about just price--it considers what you get for your money. Binghamton University is one of the strongest schools in the SUNY network, and it ranks highly among all public research universities in the country. The 6-year graduation rate is significantly above typical state universities, the school has a strong international focus, and it hosts a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.
A word of caution: New York State has huge budgetary problems, so prospective students should keep a careful watch on Binghamton University's costs--SUNY funding is under attack by state legislators, and changes in tuition are likely.
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