New York City Colleges and Universities by Student Enrollment

Are you a prospective college student in the New York City area, searching for a school that's right for you? Below, you can learn all about nearby schools based on how close they are to you, the size of the student population, tuition costs, and graduation rates according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to New York City, New York

There are so many schools and venues of public transportation in New York City that there's little incentive to go to far-away schools if you live nearby. If you'd like to avoid transport costs and long commutes, perhaps these schools are right for you.

  • Touro College (0.4 miles from downtown NYC)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (1.0 mile from downtown NYC)
  • CUNY Graduate School and University Center (1.0 mile from downtown NYC)
  • New York University (1.7 mile from downtown NYC)
  • CUNY Hunter College (2.2 miles from downtown NYC)

Largest Schools Near New York City, New York

The largest college in New York City - by far - is New York University, which holds nearly 50,000 students. Other institutions are not quite so large in comparison, but the following schools still have the largest populations in the NYC area, second only to NYU:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (27,589 students)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (26,606 students)
  • CUNY Hunter College (23,112 students)
  • Nassau Community College (22,374 students)
  • St. John's University - New York (20,445 students)

Lowest Net Price

Ensuring that you can fit your education into your budget is always a top priority for prospective students. The NCES determines a school's net price by subtracting the amount of financial aid awarded to the average full-time undergraduate student from the tuition cost. The following schools were considered the least-expensive to attend in 2014-2015 by the NCES:

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • CUNY City College ($7,696)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)
  • CUNY York College ($7,202)
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College ($7,230)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates a school's graduation rate by determining the number of full-time undergraduate students who completed their selected degree programs within 150% of the normal amount of time. The following schools possessed the highest graduation rates for students who began their education the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • New York University (84% graduation rate)
  • Fordham University (81% graduation rate)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (70% graduation rate)
  • The New School (65% graduation rate)

As shown, prospective students in the NYC area have countless options when it comes to selecting a school, regardless of if they prioritize proximity, size, cost, or graduation rate.

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