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List of Universities in New York

There are 219 four-year public and private non-profit post-secondary institutions in New York. Read about universities in the state, including statistics on graduation rates and net costs, in order to find the school for you.

The data below pertains to universities found in New York. Learn about universities located in large cities that have low net costs alongside high graduation rates and populations, with all numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics.

New York Schools Near Large Cities

Universities in New York can be found in New York City, Buffalo, Ithaca, Brooklyn, Syracuse, and other large cities. If you wish to be attending a school conveniently located near a metropolitan area, consider the options in this list:

  • New York University (located in New York City)
  • University at Buffalo (located in Buffalo)
  • Cornell University (located in Ithaca)
  • CUNY Brooklyn College (located in Brooklyn)
  • Syracuse University (located in Syracuse)

Largest Schools in New York

The five universities in New York with the highest populations all have over 20,000 students. Of those, four of the schools listed below have over 16,000 undergraduate level students. If attending an institution with many colleagues is important for you, consider the following options:

  • New York University (24,985 undergraduate students)
  • University at Buffalo (19,882 undergraduate students)
  • CUNY Hunter College (16,879 undergraduate students)
  • Stony Brook University (16,480 undergraduate students)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (8,100 undergraduate students)

Lowest Net Prices

The lowest net prices in New York for 2014-2015 were found in the City University of New York network of schools. The NCES determines this amount by subtracting the average financial aid received by full-time undergraduates by the total cost for their program.

  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)
  • CUNY York College ($7,202)
  • CUNY City College ($7,696)
  • CUNY Brooklyn College ($9,053)
  • CUNY Bernard M Maruch College ($9,116)

Highest Graduation Rates

The five New York universities with the best graduation rates for 2015 all featured values above 90%. This percentage is calculated by the NCES using full-time undergraduates who finish their programs within 150% of the average time frame.

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • Cornell University (93% graduation rate)
  • Hamilton College (92% graduation rate)
  • Barnard College (91% graduation rate)
  • Vassar College (91% graduation rate)

There are various universities in the state of New York providing low costs, strong graduation rates, high student populations, and ideal locations near major cities.

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