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East Coast Graduate Schools with Degree Program Information

There are over 500 institutions in the East Coast states offering graduate education. Compare statistics for some of these schools, such as their prices and graduation rates, in order to find the ideal institution for you.

Gain valuable knowledge about schools that provide graduate-level programs on the East Coast. Find out the rates of graduation, net costs, and student populations for certain institutions, with all data culled from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Highest Ranking East Coast Graduate Schools

Knowing how U.S. News ranks a college based on the quality of various programs may help you decide which school you'd like to apply to. Based on the latest yearly report, the following are in the top 5:

  • Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

(#1 business, #2 education, #2 law, #17 primary care medicine, #24 engineering)

  • University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

(#4 business, #6 education, #7 law, #2 nursing master's, #11 primary care medicine, #19 engineering)

  • Yale University in New Haven, CT

(#8 business, #1 law, #38 engineering, #37 primary care medicine, #1 fine art, #19 nursing master's)

  • Columbia University in New York, NY

(#10 business, #14 engineering, #4 law, #8 nursing master's, #6 fine art)

  • University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

(#11 business, #21 education, #39 engineering, #8 law, #25 primary care medicine, #18 nursing master's)

Largest East Coast Graduate Schools

Some of the largest schools on the East Coast have over 60,000 students and many are in Florida. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate-level education at a large school, look into the following options:

  • Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (80,494 total population, 30,631 graduate students)
  • University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL (62,953 total population, 8,291 graduate students)
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH (61,285 total population, 17,454 graduate students)
  • University of Florida in Gainesville, FL (50,645 total population, 17,243 graduate students)
  • University of Maryland-University College in Adelphi, MD (50,248 total population, 12,893 graduate students)

Average East Coast Graduate Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees account for the price of attending a program, but do not include book costs and living expenses. The following data is from the 2015-2016 school year. Most of the institutions on this list have programs at the master's level; Regent University is the only one with offering a doctoral program:

  • Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA ($1,167)
  • Catawba College in Salisbury, NC ($2,160)
  • Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY ($3,150)
  • Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GE ($4,706)
  • Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC ($4,900)

Highest East Coast Graduate School Graduation Rates

For graduation rates, the NCES counts the full-time undergraduates who finish their program in 150% or less of the usual time frame. At least six schools in the region had rates at 90% or greater among students who started in the autumn of 2014. For those seeking an institution with a history of student success, look into the graduate programs for these schools:

  • Argosy University in Tampa, FL (100%)
  • Harvard University in Cambridge, MA (98%)
  • Yale University in New Haven, CT (97%)
  • Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (97%)
  • Williams College in Williamstown, MA (96%)

If you are looking for a graduate program along the East Coast, there are numerous schools close to large cities that feature robust graduation rates, reasonable prices, and strong student populations.

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