New York, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

With a city as large as New York, it can be daunting to try and find the right kind of college or university for your needs. With the National Center for Education Statistics' data, preview several key factors to help you make your decision, like closeness to the city, student population, net price, and graduation rate.

Closest Schools to New York City

A school's location is an important factor in determining where to enroll. As one of the largest cities in the world, New York is a popular place to attend school. There are many colleges located within New York City, as well as a plethora of others within only a mile from the downtown area. The NCES lists the closest colleges from the city by distance as:

  • Technical Careers Institute (downtown NYC)
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (0.4 miles)
  • Touro College (0.4 miles)
  • Pratt Manhattan - A Division of Pratt Institute (0.4 miles)
  • The New School (0.5 miles)

Largest Schools Near New York City

Knowing how many people will be attending school with you can give you an idea about class sizes and your opportunities for socializing on campus. The NCES has information on student populations from the area's schools based on their enrollment numbers from 2015. Of the five largest schools near New York City, two are private institutions and three are public; all but one are located within two miles of downtown.

  • New York University (50,027 students)
  • 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)

Lowest Net Price

School expenses are a critical consideration for many undergraduate students. To measure this, the most accurate metric to use would be net price. These figures come from the NCES, which calculates net price for the 2014-2015 school year by subtracting the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergraduates from the average total cost of expenses. Two schools with the lowest net price are in New Jersey, within 18 miles of the city.

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College ($5,988)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice ($6,641)

Highest Graduation Rate

A school's graduation rate helps illustrate the quality of education it offers. The NCES calculates graduation rates according to the number of students who completed an undergraduate program in 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree and three years or less for an associate's degree). The highest graduation rates for the New York City-area all belonged to 4-year schools where students began their studies in 2009.

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95%)
  • Barnard College (91%)
  • New York University (84%)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (82%)
  • Fordham University (81%)

There are many options to consider regarding where to attend school in or around New York City; you can find a number of large schools with high graduation rates within the city and large schools with lower prices if you are willing to travel farther outside the city confines.

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