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New York (NY): Universities and Colleges Overview

New York is home to more than 300 public and private non-profit colleges and universities. Compare the schools in the state of New York, via four separate categories of distinction, to determine which schools might be right for you and your expectations for yourself.

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New York students ready to pursue a college education aren't lacking in options; the state has hundreds of schools, including community colleges, vocational institutions, small four-year colleges and large universities. Depending on their chosen school, students can pursue degrees from the associate's through doctoral levels as well as certificates. This information presented below seeks to help students explore their options with provided data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

New York Schools Near Large Cities

The city of New York is the largest in the state, and about half of the schools in the state are found there. Some of the schools are also located within the five boroughs of the city, like Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

  • College of Staten Island CUNY (Staten Island)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (New York)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York)
  • CUNY Brooklyn College (Brooklyn)
  • Fordham University (Bronx)

Largest Schools in New York

The largest schools in New York state had more than 25,000 students, as of the fall in 2014. A majority of them are public schools, some of which are 2-year institutions.

  • New York University (49,274 students)
  • University at Buffalo (29,995 students)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (27,589 students)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (26,606 students)
  • Suffolk County Community College (26,660 students)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Finding a college or university that fits within their budget is a major concern for most aspiring students. Institutional and government financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans, can be a major help, but it doesn't always cover all educational costs like tuition, housing and textbooks. According to 2014-2015 figures from the NCES, the universities below had the lowest undergraduate in-state net prices for full-time students.

  • Schenectady County Community College ($3,507)
  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • Ulster County Community College ($4,049)
  • Erie Community College ($4,545)
  • Orange County Community College ($4,945)

Highest Graduation Rate

When researching schools, taking a glance at graduation rates can be helpful in comparing institutions. These stats give an idea of the educational effectiveness that colleges and universities offer through their programs. Of the compared schools, the following had the highest graduation rates based on full-time undergraduate students who entered programs in the fall of 2009, per the NCES. These graduation rates apply specifically to undergraduates who completed a bachelor's program in 150% of normal time, or within six years.

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • Cornell University (93% graduation rate)
  • Hamilton College (92% graduation rate)
  • The Juilliard School (92% graduation rate)
  • Vassar College (91% graduation rate)

These schools presented here have been divided into four categories for your benefit, in order to help you decide on which school matches with your needs.

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