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NY, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

There are more than 200 colleges and universities in New York, NY. See what some of these schools have to offer in terms of distance, size, graduation habits, and other important factors.

With 231 schools in the New York City area, there are many options to choose from when considering higher education in the city. Learn about proximity to the city, student population, graduation rate, and net price for several of the best schools in the area, courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to New York City, NY

Many students enjoy the idea of living in a large city while attending college, and there's no better place for that than New York City. Luckily, there are numerous schools in and around the city that are less than a mile from the downtown area. These are the five closest schools to downtown New York.

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

Largest Schools Near New York City, NY

Attending school with a large number of other students can be appealing for its wealth of diversity and the increased number of activities offered on campus. If this sounds like what you want, the NCES provides a list of schools with their enrollment data from 2015. These are the five largest colleges in New York City that year.

  • New York University (50,027)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (28,086)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (27,309)
  • CUNY Hunter College (22,918)
  • Nassau Community College (21,558)

Lowest Net Price

Net price is one of the best ways to research the true cost of attending a school. To calculate schools' average net prices, the NCES subtracts an average amount of financial aid from an institutions' total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is based on in-district or in-state undergraduate tuition rates, fees and educational expenses like textbooks and room and board. Of those compared, the following schools had the lowest net prices during the 2014-2015 academic year for full-time undergraduates.

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College ($5,988)
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology ($6,671)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)
  • CUNY York College ($7,202)

Highest Graduation Rate

One important factor to consider when choosing a college is a school's graduation rate. These figures are based on undergrads who started programs in Fall 2009 and finished them within 150% of normal time. According to the NCES' calculations, these are the schools with the five highest graduation rates in the New York City area.

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

There are many things to consider when selecting where to attend college, so make sure to keep in mind graduation rates, student enrollment, locations, and net prices for every school you preview in the New York City area.

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