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New York City Colleges with Graduate Programs

Within 25 miles of downtown New York City, there are 89 public and private non-profit schools with graduate programs. To find the right school, you may want to search for graduate schools that meet specific criteria, such as low average graduate tuition, the largest populations or the highest graduation rates.

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Of the many graduate schools located in the New York City area, 17 are public and 72 are private non-profit institutions. We'll be using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to categorize non-specialty institutions offering graduate certificates, master's degrees, and/or doctorates.

Closest Schools to New York City, New York

Both Touro College and the New School, private not-for-profit schools that grant undergraduate and graduate degrees, are found within a mile of the city. Several other schools with graduate programs are found within three miles of downtown.

  • CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (1.0 miles from downtown)
  • CUNY Graduate School and University Center (1.0 miles from downtown)
  • New York University (1.7 miles from downtown)
  • Metropolitan College of New York (2.1 miles from downtown)
  • CUNY Hunter College (2.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near New York City, New York

The NCES lists New York University as the largest school in the New York City area with a total of 50,027 students, 24,305 of which are graduate students. The following grad schools have the next largest student populations in the New York City vicinity.

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (28,086 students)
  • CUNY Hunter College (22,918 students)
  • St. John's University-New York (20,877 students)
  • CUNY Queens College (19,520 students)
  • CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (18,433 students)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

Schools that are part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system offer some of the least expensive graduate tuition in the New York City area. The NCES stated that most colleges in the CUNY system offer in-state graduate tuition of $10,130 annually for a 2015-2016 full-time student, including these schools.

  • CUNY Lehman College ($10,130)
  • CUNY York College ($10,130)
  • CUNY City College ($10,130)
  • CUNY Brooklyn College ($10,130)
  • CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College ($10,130)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

NCES estimates the graduation rate of a school by counting how many students took classes full-time and still finished their bachelor's degree in six years or less. These five schools had the highest 2014-2015 graduation rates out of the schools evaluated.

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • New York University (84% graduation rate)
  • Fordham University (81% graduation rate)
  • Sarah Lawrence College (79% graduation rate)
  • Manhattan College (72% graduation rate)

Located within 25 miles of the New York City area, these schools were among those with the least expensive graduate tuition, top graduation rates and largest student populations.

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