FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

Value sized: Farmingdale State College offers one of the best bang-for-your-buck upper-education values in the United States, according to a new national ranking.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price.

Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America.

Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting a “balance of attributes” that would “even impress Goldilocks,” according to the Best Value review.

The rankings do not consider only tuition and other financial costs, but what Farmingdale State termed “dollar value and program excellence.”

Best Value Schools’ lists do note each school’s “net price,” however, based on a National Center for Education Statistics formula that subtracts a school’s average grant and scholarship aid from its “total cost of attendance,” which includes tuition, average costs for books and supplies, average room/board prices and “other published expenses.”

While several City University of New York campuses in Brooklyn and Queens made the list, Farmingdale State (and its net price of $8,687) was one of only two Long Island schools ranked among 2018’s best values in the nation. The State University of New York’s College at Old Westbury (net price $10,753) squeaked onto Best Value School’s list at No. 100.

Best Value Schools also ranked FSC No. 32 on its 2018 list of the 50 Best Value Colleges and Universities in New York, noting that “of all the affordable colleges in [New York City], upstate and everywhere in between, Farmingdale is the go-to choice for technical and vocational training.”

Other Long Island institutions on Best Value Schools’ 2018 New York list include Rockville Centre’s Molloy College (No. 40, net price $27,839), Throggs Neck’s SUNY Maritime College (No. 18, $16,301) and Stony Brook University (No. 12, $13,615).

Also earning the national aggregator’s attention was Farmingdale State’s Bachelor of Nursing degree program, which ranked ninth among Best Value Schools’ 2018 50 Best Value Colleges for a Nursing Degree.

Stony Brook Medicine’s nursing program also made the list (No. 28), but “Farmingdale State College is one of the best nursing schools for students who value the social side of healthcare as much as the scientific,” according to the annual review.

The Best Value Schools rankings are the latest feathers in Farmingdale State’s mortar board. The 2018 Best Colleges survey published by U.S. News & World Report ranks FSC the No. 7 public college in the North Region (up two spots from its 2017 ranking) and the No. 15 school when comparing all public and private colleges in the North.

The college also earned a second-place score in that survey’s Least Debt Upon Graduation category.