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East Coast Colleges with School Overviews

Ranging from public to private, there are hundreds of post-secondary schools on the East Coast, making the possibilities seem endless. Learn about a number of these schools to find the right fit for you.

School Ranking Overview

The East Coast has a plethora of options to offer prospective students seeking to advance their educational credentials. This guide will give information about five of the highest ranked, largest and least expensive schools in the region, along with the schools with the highest graduation rate. The information is sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics for public and private colleges on the East Coast.

Highly Ranked Schools on the East Coast

There are many schools on the East Coast that may appeal to students looking for highly ranked institutions. The following private and nonprofit schools are all within the top five on the regional college ranking lists for the north and south of the East Coast, with tuition and graduation rates taken into account. Students should be aware that there are many other schools in the area that they may want to consider, such as such as Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, the 4th highest ranked college in the northern region.

  • High Point University in High Point, NC (#1 south regional ranking)
  • Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL (#4 south regional ranking)
  • Meredith College in Raleigh, NC (#5 south regional ranking)
  • Cooper Union in New York, NY (#2 north regional ranking)
  • Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA (#4 north regional ranking)

Largest Schools on the East Coast

Some students prefer larger colleges, for which there are many options on the East Coast. The largest school on the East Coast is Liberty University, with 80,494 students; there are many options with student populations ranging between 40,000 and 60,000. Five of these schools are:

  • University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL (62,953)
  • Miami Dade College in Miami, FL (62,332)
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH (61,285)
  • Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA (52,078)
  • University of Florida in Gainesville, FL (50,645)

Lowest Net Price

Students should always consider the cost of attendance before enrolling at an institution. The NCES College Navigator provides the average net price paid by students for the 2014-2015 school year, allowing prospective applicants to estimate the costs they will incur. Listed below are five East Coast non-specialty schools with some of the lowest average net prices:

  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College, in Sandersville, GA ($636)
  • Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL ($1,547)
  • Wytheville Community College, in Wytheville, VA ($2,081)
  • Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, NC ($2,345)
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College, in Ahoskie, NC ($2,396)

Highest Graduation Rate

There are a lot of schools on the East Coast, meaning that it is more likely to come across schools with very high graduation rates than when looking at other, smaller areas. Graduation rates help prospective scholars gauge how determined a university is to seeing that its students can complete their academic programs. Here are five schools with the high graduation rates that are close to or equal to 100%, based on statistics from the NCES, for 2015 academic year:

  • Urban College of Boston in Boston, MA (100%)
  • Unilatina International College in Miramar, FL (100%)
  • Argosy University in Tampa, FL (100%)
  • Harvard University in Boston, MA (98%)
  • Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (97%)

The East Coast holds literally hundreds of options for students looking for post-secondary institutions, so read up on the schools that interest you to make a decision about your education.

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