Students on Long Island interested in graduate studies can choose from a variety of private non-profit schools, along with a couple of public universities. We will cover some of these graduate schools on Long Island that offer a traditional variety of programs and compare them using National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) statistics:
Long Island Schools Near Large Cities
Long Island is primarily a suburban area, thus many of the schools in it are in suburb areas. While going to school in a larger city offers a greater variety of opportunities, the following schools still have a lot to offer and are relatively close to New York City.
- New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury, New York)
- Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)
- Dowling College (Oakdale, New York)
- SUNY College at Old Westbury (Old Westbury, New York)
- LIU Post (Brookville, New York)
Largest Schools on Long Island
Larger schools also provide a greater variety of academic, extracurricular, networking and research opportunities. The NCES rates a school's size by its total student population (including both graduate and undergraduate students). For students looking for a larger school on Long Island here are five of the largest in 2015:
- Stony Brook University (25,272 enrolled students, 8,441 graduate)
- Hofstra University (10,814 enrolled students, 3,990 graduate)
- LIU Post (8,623 enrolled students, 2,399 graduate)
- New York Institute of Technology (8,064 enrolled students, 4,015 graduate)
- Adelphi University (7,256 enrolled students, 2,404 graduate)
Lowest Average Graduate Tuition
Many graduate students have a close eye on the cost of their education. In this category, the following schools with the lowest average in-state graduate tuition for the 2015-2016 school year are ranked, per NCES data.
- SUNY College at Old Westbury ($11,715)
- Stony Brook University ($12,421)
- Molloy College ($19,350)
- New York Institute of Technology ($20,790)
- Dowling College ($21,960)
Highest Graduation Rate
The NCES calculates graduation rates for the following schools based on the number of first-time, full-time undergraduates who started in fall 2009 and completed their programs within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's program). While these rates apply only to the undergraduate level, they can still shed some light on an institution's overall educational quality. These schools offer some of the best graduation rates in the area.
- Molloy College (71% graduation rate)
- Stony Brook University (68% graduation rate)
- Adelphi University (67% graduation rate)
- Hofstra University (60% graduation rate)
- LIU Post (49% graduation rate)
For graduate students wanting to attend a school on Long Island, we have covered a few of the schools that offer a big school experience, low tuition and high graduation rates.