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Universities in Manhattan with Degree Program Information

There are nearly 120 private, not-for-profit and public 4-year universities within 25 miles of Manhattan. Here we compare the non-specialty schools, that offer a diversity of programs, by their proximity to Manhattan, size, net price and graduation rate.

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A student wanting to stay in the Manhattan area has a lot to consider with such a host of university options. Here we only look at traditional schools that offer a variety of programming and compare them based on four important criteria. All information presented is from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Manhattan, New York

For some, being close to home is very important. If this is you and you live in Manhattan, NY, you have 26 schools within 3 miles of downtown. While a lot of these are specialized schools, many do offer a diversity of programming. Here are the closest five:

  • 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)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (1.0 mile from downtown)
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Manhattan, New York

A school's popularity and student populations can be a sign of many things. In general the more people, the more opportunities for networking, meeting new people and extracurricular activities. According to the NCES, these schools were the largest schools near Manhattan as of 2015:

  • New York University (50,027 enrolled students)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (28,086 enrolled students)
  • CUNY Hunter College (22,918 enrolled students)
  • St John's University-New York (20,877 enrolled students)
  • CUNY Queens College (19,520 enrolled students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates net price by subtracting the average financial aid awarded from the cost of tuition, text and other college fees for full-time undergraduate students. These amounts provide students with figures that they can use to find out about how much they can expect to pay out of pocket. Here are the schools in the area with the lowest net price:

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice ($6,641)
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology ($6,671)
  • CUNY Lehman College ($7,123)
  • CUNY York College ($7,202)
  • CUNY City College ($7,696)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can be a good indicator of the quality of education. The NCES determines graduation rates by looking at the portion of full-time undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of the standard graduation time. Here are the five colleges near Manhattan that had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95% graduation rate)
  • Barnard College (91% graduation rate)
  • New York University (84% graduation rate)
  • Fordham University (81% graduation rate)
  • Sarah Lawrence College (79% graduation rate)

With this information we hope you can narrow down your school search based on the criteria of either location, student population, net price and/or graduation rate.

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