At graduation from SUNY Oneonta, the average debt is $13,697, which is about half the national average of $26,600, the report said.
The ranking was another feather in SUNY Oneonta’s cap.
“We also recognize the importance of affordability and are pleased that our graduates leave campus with some of the smallest student debts in the nation,” Kleniewski said in a prepared statement.
Hartwick College in Oneonta, which enrolls about 1,500 students, wasn’t on Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Private Colleges issued in October.
However, in September, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College among the first-tier of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2013 edition of its “Best Colleges” guide. Hartwick was No. 164th among liberal arts colleges overall, up seven spots from last year.
U.S. News and World Report ranked SUNY Oneonta among the top 50 regional universities in the North, the college’s release said. SUNY Oneonta was also one of only five schools in the region to earn a spot on U.S. News’ “Least Debt” list, which highlights institutions whose 2011 graduates had the lightest debt loads.