The Northeast region of the United States, which includes the New England states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, among other states, has many schools offering advanced education; around a quarter are public colleges and universities and almost 75% are private non-profit institutions. We'll compare institutions in several categories using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and U.S. News & World Report.
Highly Ranked Schools in the Northeast
If you are wanting to attend the best school possible and wish to stay in the Northeast part of the U.S., you couldn't be in a better place. The top four schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016, are located in this region, including Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (#1), Harvard University in Cambridge, MA (#2), Yale University in New Haven, CT (#3) and Columbia University in New York, NY (#4). Five more schools that are highly ranked by U.S. New & World Report include the following:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (#7)
- Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (#10)
- Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH (#12)
- Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA (#47)
- University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT (#57)
Largest Schools in the Northeast
Whether you are looking forward to working with peers or recruiting undergraduate students to assist with your thesis or dissertation, you may find attending a larger school important. The five largest schools in the Northeast all have total student populations above 47,000.
- New York University (24,305 enrolled graduate students)
- Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (6,565 enrolled graduate students)
- University of Maryland-University College (12,893 enrolled graduate students)
- Rutgers University-New Brunswick (13,944 enrolled graduate students)
- Southern New Hampshire University (17,454 enrolled graduate students)
Lowest Average Graduate Tuition
Although some forms of financial aid are reserved for undergrads, graduate students can still find financial support through scholarships, loans, assistantships and other programs. This is a priority for many students, as grad school is generally more expensive than undergraduate programs. According to the NCES, the following universities had the lowest 2015-2016 graduate tuition for in-state students among those compared.
- University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA ($1,637 in-state)
- Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA ($1,675 in-state and out-of-state)
- Framingham State University in Framingham, MA ($1,175 in-state)
- University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA ($2,071 in-state)
- Salem State University in Salem, MA ($2,520 in-state)
Highest Graduation Rate
While not directly related to graduate graduation rates, undergraduate graduation rates are an indicator of the quality of education offered at the school. The following 2015 graduation rates at the following private institutions are based on undergraduates who started their education in fall 2009 and completed degrees or certificates within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree).
- Harvard University in Cambridge, MA (98% graduation rate)
- Yale University in New Haven, CT (97% graduation rate)
- Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (97% graduation rate)
- Brown University in Providence, RI (96% graduation rate)
- University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA (95% graduation rate)
The Northeast region is home to hundreds of colleges and universities offering graduate programs, so comparing them based on rankings, student population, graduate tuition and graduation rates can help you select the right school to pursue advanced education.