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Many area colleges received distinction as “Best in the Nation” from U.S. News and World Report. Both public and private colleges in WNY were recognized for academics, value, and lack of debt.

Private colleges in the area were considered in the Top 15 “Best Value” colleges in the Northeast: Alfred University ranked No. 3, followed by St. Bonaventure, No. 5; Canisius College, No. 7; and Niagara University, No. 12.

The University at Buffalo was ranked as the 109th best college in the US, and also was mentioned among the Top 10 universities in the nation for students graduating with the least amount of debt. The average amount of debt for UB students who incur debt is $17,449, and more than half of UB students graduate without debt, according to the U.S. News. At national universities with the “most debt,” students graduate with average debt of $35,228 to $43,727, according to U.S. News, and as many as 98 percent of students graduate in debt.

In that category, UB ranked No. 3 among public universities and No. 9 among the nation’s public and private universities. The news comes shortly after Obama’s visit to UB, where he recognized the school as being a great value for its students.

Other schools in New York State also received distinction.