New York, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

There are 231 colleges and universities within 25 miles of New York City, New York. See how these schools stack up against each other in different categories to find the New York City school for you.

NYC is home to some of the most well-known postsecondary institutions in the nation, including four-year colleges and universities, two-year community colleges, and over 100 private non-profit institutions that provide specializations in various fields such as healthcare, the arts, religion and law. Information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has been used to compare several New York City schools in the following areas:

Closest Schools to New York, New York

As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, it's no surprise that New York offers prospective students no shortage of schools to choose from. Three of the closest schools are private while two are public institutions. The following schools have the closest campuses to New York City:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (0.0 miles)
  • Technical Careers Institute (0.0 miles)
  • Globe Institute of Technology (0.4 miles)
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (0.4. miles)
  • Touro College (0.4. miles)

Largest Schools near New York, New York

The largest school in New York city in terms of student population is New York University, with a total student body of 50,027. New York city also contains several more larger schools with student bodies exceeding 20,000, specifically:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (28,086 students)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (27,309 students)
  • CUNY Hunter College (22,918 students)
  • Nassau Community College (21,558 students)
  • St John's University-New York (20,877 students)

Lowest Net Price

To understand how the NCES calculates a school's net price, simply take the average amount of financial aid received by each full-time undergraduate student and subtract it from the average cost of attendance. New York City has numerous affordable schools with net prices under $10,000. The following schools had the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College ($5,988)
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice ($6,641)
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology ($6,671)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES tabulates graduation rates for schools by looking at the number of full-time undergraduate students who completed their degree programs within 150% of the normal time allotment. The NCES listed the following five New York schools as having the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • Barnard College (91% graduation rate)
  • Yeshiva University (88% graduation rate)
  • New York University (84% graduation rate)
  • Fordham University (81% graduation rate)

Students looking to study in an area as vast and diverse as New York City might find it helpful to look at graduation rate, cost, proximity, and student population to figure out which schools could be right for them.

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