NYC Education Overview: Higher Education Information and Options

There are 315 schools within a 25-mile radius of the city of New York. Learn more about how these schools compare in student body size, distance from downtown, graduation rates, and lowest price.

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New York City offers a great number of schools with a variety of features to appeal to students of all kinds. Learn about your options and determine which school best suits your needs based on data from the National Center of Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to New York City, New York

There are many schools located right in downtown New York City, giving students a variety of options to choose from when looking for their ideal location. These schools include both private and public institutions.

  • Touro College (located downtown)
  • Pratt Manhattan - A Division of Pratt Institute (located downtown)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (located 1 mile from downtown)
  • CUNY Graduate School and University Center (located 1 mile from downtown)
  • New York University (located 1.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near New York City, New York

New York City has an incredible amount of schools of all sizes. The largest schools are a mix of private and public colleges, including community colleges, giving students a lot of options to choose from depending on what size school they're looking for.

  • 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

Price is an important factor for many students trying to decide on a college. New York City has options at many different tuition levels ranging from low to high. Based on NCES data, which calculates net price based on full-time, in-state undergraduate students in the 2014 to 2015 school year, these schools have some of the lowest rates:

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • Union County College ($4,102)
  • Bergen Community College ($6,187)
  • Hudson County Community College ($6,791)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)

Highest Graduation Rate

For some students, graduation rates are a priority for which school they want to attend. New York City's schools with highest graduation rates as of 2015, which the NCES determines based on 150% of the average time it takes a full-time undergraduate student to complete a program, include public and private universities.

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

Students who value student body size, location, graduation rates, and cost have many options to choose from in the New York City area.

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