Alfred leads WNY colleges in regional ranking

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM EDT

By Dan Miner; Business First

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September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM EDT

Alfred University remains one of the best values for regional universities in the Northeast, according to the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2013 list, which was released Wednesday.

Alfred slipped two spots this year but remains at fourth in that category, which is based on overall academic quality and the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for students who receive the average level of need-based aid.

85.8 percent of Alfred University students receive need-based financial aid. The school ranked 26th among the top regional universities in the Northeast.

Canisius College also ranked among the best values in its region - coming in at eighth. Canisius was ranked 23rd among regional universities in the Northeast.

Other Western New York colleges included in this year's list include:

• The University at Buffalo moved up five spots to 106th among top-ranked national universities, and moved up three spots to 51st among top-ranked public universities in the country.

UB was also named an "A+ school for B students," a category for schools with strong ratings that "accept a significant number of students with nonstratospheric transcripts," according to the U.S. News website.

Among national universities, UB reported the seventh-highest percentage of international students (16 percent) in the 2011-12 academic year.

• Among regional universities in the Northeast, St. Bonaventure University (33rd), SUNY Fredonia (55th), Niagara University (70th), Buffalo State College (104th) and D'Youville (123rd) were all listed. SUNY College of Technology - Alfred was listed as 23rd among regional colleges in the Northeast.

•In the public schools ranking, Fredonia (14th) and Buffalo State College (31st) were listed amongst the public universities.

• Niagara University topped all regional universities in the northeast with 18 percent of its student body being international students. D'Youville was listed as 13th in that category with 7 percent international students.

To browse the U.S. News ranking, click here.

To read Business First's coverage of last year's ranking, click here.

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