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East Coast Universities with Degree Program Overviews

There are more than 500 colleges and universities along the East Coast of the United States. Find out more about some of these institutions, such as their rates of graduation and costs, to help you with your educational goals.

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Learn about colleges and universities found on the East Coast. Look at data for certain schools, including their graduation rates, net prices, and student populations, based on numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Highly Ranked Schools on the East Coast

U.S. News & World Report features separate lists ranking regional universities in both the north and the south. An East Coast school can be found in the top 10 of the northern rankings, while two are in the southern rankings. The following institutions are all within the top 20 schools of both lists:

  • College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ (#3 in Northern Universities)
  • James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (#7 in Southern Universities)
  • Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (#10 in Southern Universities)
  • College of Charleston in Charleston, SC (#11 in Southern Universities)
  • SUNY - Geneseo in Geneseo, NY (#14 in Northern Universities)

Largest Schools on the East Coast

Five of the most populous schools on the East Coast in 2015 had more than 50,000 students each. Three of these institutions can be found in the state of Florida. If you are looking to study alongside many colleagues, the following schools may be for you:

  • Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (80,494 students)
  • University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL (62,953 students)
  • Miami Dade College in Miami, FL (62,332 students)
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH (61,285 students)
  • University of Florida in Gainesville, FL (50,645 students)

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  • 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 Prices

The NCES takes the total program cost for full-time undergraduates and subtracts their average financial aid in order to calculate net prices. Some of the lowest net prices for 2014-2015 along the East Coast ranged from approximately $1,500 to $4,500. If budgetary concerns are a priority for you, consider the following institutions:

  • Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL ($1,547)
  • Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC ($2,345)
  • Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, FL ($2,615)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Atlanta, GA ($4,192)
  • Chipola College in Marianna, FL ($4,408)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES determines the number of full-time undergraduates who complete their studies within 150% of the normal time frame to calculate graduation rates. Some of the highest percentages among schools on the East Coast ranged from 97% to 100%. If you are looking for a school with a good track record of successful students, look into the following options:

  • Averett University in Danville, VA (100%)
  • Harvard University in Cambridge, MA (98%)
  • Yale University in New Haven, CT (97%)
  • Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (97%)
  • Brown University in Providence, RI (97%)

For those looking to study at a school along the East Coast, there are many options available near major cities with reasonable costs, extremely strong graduation rates, and large student populations.

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