As one of the most well-known cities in the world, New York City is home to a considerable number of colleges and universities. Among the more than 90 area public and private non-profit institutions offering master's degrees are large universities, smaller four-year colleges, seminaries and specialty schools. With so many options to consider, this article strives to help students explore some of the city's educational offerings.
Closest Schools to New York City
As the largest city in the country, it's no surprise that New York offers students an extensive number of graduate schools within a relatively small radius. The following schools are the closest to the city center of New York, a mix of public and private institutions.
- Touro College - New York (located in Manhattan)
- The New School - New York (located in Manhattan)
- CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - New York (located in Manhattan)
- CUNY Graduate School & University Center - New York (located in Manhattan)
- DeVry College of New York - New York (located in Manhattan)
Largest Schools Near New York City
The largest school in New York in terms of student population is New York University, with 49,274 students enrolled in the 2014-2015 school year, including 24,289 graduate students. The other five schools listed here each have a student population of more than 18,000.
- Columbia University (19,489 graduate students)
- CUNY Hunter College (6,233 graduate students)
- St. John's University (4,683 graduate students)
- CUNY Queen's College (3,537 graduate students)
- CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (3,233 graduate students)
Schools with Lowest Graduate Program Tution
The NCES determines a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of student financial aid from the total cost of attending the school. The net worth for the five schools listed below are taken from the 2014-2015 academic year. Students will notice that many of the schools with the lowest net price are located right in the five boroughs of New York City and are all a part of the CUNY system.
- CUNY Lehman College - Bronx ($10,130)
- CUNY York College - Queens ($10,130)
- CUNY City College - Manhattan ($10,130)
- CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - Manhattan ($10,130)
- CUNY Queens College - Queens ($10,130)
Schools with Highest Graduation Rates
A school's graduation rate is determined by the number of students who complete their chosen degree within 150% of the normal amount of time. The following schools have the highest graduation rate in the New York City area for the 2014-2015 academic year:
- Columbia University - Manhattan (95% graduation rate)
- Yeshiva University - Manhattan (88% graduation rate)
- New York University - Manhattan (84% graduate rate)
- Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - Manhattan (81% graduate rate)
- Fordham University - Bronx (81% graduation rate)
Given its size, population and diversity, New York City and its surrounding area feature one of the most expansive arrays of schools offering masters degree programs for students in a variety of prospective fields.