Central New York Colleges with Degree Program Overviews

With so many options, it's important to carefully consider each school in central New York to fully understand which is best for your educational needs. The National Center for Education Statistics provides information on these schools to help you, such as their locations, net prices, graduation rates, and student populations.

Central New York Schools Near Large Cities

It can often be beneficial to be able to travel to a large city from your college campus for a number of reasons, like exploring the culture outside the school and socializing with others. Central New York, unfortunately, is not home to what the NCES classifies as a 'large city'. However, there are a couple midsized-city and large-suburb schools within the area. These are:

  • Syracuse University (Syracuse)
  • Onondaga Community College (Syracuse)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester)
  • Monroe Community College (Rochester)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester)

Largest Schools in Central New York

There are several benefits to attending large colleges, such as the increased number of clubs and activities offered on campus and more opportunities to make friends and socialize. Central New York is home to a large number of well-populated schools, according to the NCES. The five largest in the area by their 2015 enrollment numbers are:

  • Cornell University (21,904)
  • Syracuse University (21,789)
  • SUNY at Binghamton (16,913)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (16,639)
  • Monroe Community College (14,586)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES College Navigator provides the average net price for attendance at schools across the nation. These numbers are extremely useful for helping students prepare for the overall cost of enrollment. The schools with the lowest average full-time undergraduate net price for the 2014-2015 school year in central New York were:

  • Cayuga County Community College ($5,382)
  • Corning Community College ($6,040)
  • Monroe Community College ($6,311)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College ($6,637)
  • SUNY Broome Community College ($7,053)

Highest Graduation Rate

Another important factor for potential students to consider is graduation rate. An institution's reported graduation rate can be representative of how serious it is about seeing the academic success of its students. The schools with the highest reported graduation rates for those enrolled in the fall of 2009 are:

  • Cornell University (93%)
  • Hamilton College (92%)
  • Colgate University (90%)
  • University of Rochester (88%)
  • SUNY College at Geneseo (82%)

While you preview schools to attend in the central New York area, make sure to examine each institution's graduation rate, location, student population, and net price.

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