Long Island Schools with Degree Program Options

There are more than 150 colleges and universities within a 25-mile radius of Long Island, New York. See how a few of the traditional public and non-for-profit private schools in the area stack up against each other to find the one for you.

Long Island is replete with postsecondary schooling options, including beauty schools, technical institutes, business schools and health care training institutes. However, this article focuses on traditional schools that offer a variety of programs and areas of study. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) we will compare several schools based on some important factors.

Closest Schools to Long Island City, New York

If you are a resident of Long Island and wish to find a college or university close to home, wish no more. Here are closest traditional schools near you, all within less than three miles.

  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College (In Long Island City, NY)
  • CUNY Hunter College (1.9 miles from downtown)
  • Marymount Manhattan College (1.9 miles from downtown)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (2.5 miles from downtown)
  • Touro College (2.9 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Long Island City, New York

For many students, it is important to attend a large university, where they will often find more opportunities for networking and extracurricular activities. Here are five largest traditional schools in the Long Island area by student population, according to 2015 NCES reports.

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

Lowest Net Price

Many students often consider the costs of attendance when they're deciding on a school. The data included below takes into account figures compiled by the NCES for full-time undergraduate students' out-of-pocket expenses (net price) for the 2014-2015 school year. The NCES calculates net price by subtracting the average financial aid awarded from the average resident rates for beginning undergraduates factored in with the average costs for room and board, books and supplies.

  • Nassau Community College ($3,817)
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology ($6,671)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)
  • CUNY York College ($7,202)
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College ($7,230)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES also offers school-specific information regarding the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who earn their degree on time. Timely completion, according to the NCES, is within three years for an associate degree and six years for a bachelor's degree. Here are schools with the best graduation rates near Long Island.

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

When you are considering what schools to apply to in Long Island City, use this information to make an informed decision based on the schools' proximity to the city, student population, net price and graduation rate.

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