Colleges In New York

Colleges In New York

New York Schools Evaluationed & Detailed Information

One of the largest and most populous states in the country, New York should be a first choice for prospective students who like options. New York’s official state motto, Excelsior (or: “Ever Upward”) is one of the most educationally appropriate mottos of any state. This state of nearly 20 million citizens has one of the highest population densities in the country as well, at 416 people per square mile. However, many of the colleges in the state exist outside of the vast city of New York and out in the state’s serene countryside. Students interested in rural settings, suburban settings, and urban settings will be able to easily find options that best suit their needs. Likewise, those interested in traditional 4-year institutions, research universities, smaller, private liberal arts colleges, technical colleges, art schools, music schools and many other various forms of education will likely find exactly what they are looking for.

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There are three categories for public colleges and universities in New York: The State University of New York (SUNY) system, the City University of New York (CUNY) system, and the federal service academies. There are two federal service academies in the state: The United States Merchant Marine Academy and the United States Military Academy. Both of these are only available to enlisted members of the armed forces. As there are only five U.S. service academies in the country, New York is unique in hosting two of these within its borders. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is focused on the training of marine engineers, navigators, ship administrators, personnel managers and experts in maritime and international law and customs, among other things. The U.S. Military Academy, more popularly known as “West Point”, has a long and honored history as the premier training grounds for U.S. service members, and in particular for the training of past, present and future generals of some notoriety. Notable alumni include Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Armstrong Custer, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, as well as former presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The City University of New York is the oldest public university system in the state, as well as the largest urban university system in the country. The City University of New York is unique in that it receives public funding from both the city of New York, and the state of New York. This provides it with a relatively high operating budget of $3 billion. Over 516,000 students are enrolled in schools within the university system, making it one of the largest public university systems in the country (rivaled only by California’s public university and college systems). Established in 1847, The City University of New York is composed of 12 senior colleges, seven community colleges, and seven graduate schools. The oldest of these, City College of New York, was the original school in the CUNY system. Placed at #66, the City College of New York is ranked well for regional colleges by the U.S. News and World Report. While none of the colleges in the CUNY system are nationally ranked, most are ranked well regionally, well within the top 100 schools. Branch College, for example, comes in at #32; Hunter College is tied at #47 with Queens College. The City College of New York system boasts in-state tuition costs that are also well below the national average, and out-of-state tuition costs that are close to the national average for overall tuition costs, meaning even out-of-state students will pay much less than they might at other colleges across the country.

The State University System of New York maintains 64 separate campuses across the state of New York. Serving over 460,000 students (427,000 of which are undergraduates), the system operates on a very large $10.7 billion budget. There are four categories of institutions under the SUNY system: university centers/doctoral institutions (14 schools), university colleges (13 schools), technical colleges (7 schools) and community colleges (28 schools). Many of these

schools account for some of the oldest and most highly ranked colleges in the state. The oldest institution in the system is Postdam, which was established in 1816. Potsdam is placed reasonably at #92 for regional colleges. Other schools in the SUNY system are also well ranked regionally, and a few ranked nationally. The University of Albany is ranked #129 among national universities. SUNY-New Paltz is ranked at #24 regionally, and SUNY-Geneseo is ranked at #14. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is ranked nationally at #89, along with Stony Brook University. Prospective students will find that the SUNY colleges are slightly more expensive than the CUNY colleges, but that they are also more likely to be ranked higher on national and regional collegiate rankings.

There are hundreds of private institutions within the state, many of which are among the best and oldest institutions in the country. The most highly ranked of these includes such colleges as Cornell University (tied for #15 among national universities), Columbia University (tied at #4 nationally), Cooper Union (tied at #2 regionally), Hamilton College (tied at #14 for national liberal arts colleges), New York University (tied at #32 nationally), Vassar College (tied at #12 for national liberal arts colleges) and the University of Rochester (#33 for national universities). Prospective students will find that the average tuition rates for these private colleges are exceptionally high. However, many of the colleges and universities in New York boast some of the highest graduation rates in the country, and some of the highest post-graduation salaries as well.

Traditional Colleges in New York

Alliant International University

Alfred University

Bard College

Barnard College

Berkeley College

Buffalo State College

Cazenovia College

City College of New York

Clarkson University

Colgate University

College of New Rochelle

Columbia University

Concordia College

Cooper Union

Cornell University

Culinary Institute of America

C.W. Post College/Long Island University

Davis College

Dominican College

Dowling College

D’Youville College

Fordham University

Hamilton College

Hartwick College

Hobart and William Smith College

Hofstra University

Houghton College

Iona College

Ithaca College

Keuka College

Le Moyne College

Manhattan College

Manhattan School of Music

Marist College

Marymount College

Medaille College

Mercy College

Mount Saint Mary College

Nazareth College of Rochester

New York Institute of Technology

Niagara University

Nyack College

Pace University

Paul Smiths College

Plattsburgh State University of New York

Polytechnic University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roberts Wesleyan College

Russell Sage College

St. Bonaventure University

St. Francis College

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St. John Fisher College

St. John’s University

St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn

St. Joseph’s College Patchogue

St. Lawrence University

Sarah Lawrence College

School of Visual Arts

Siena College

Skidmore College

State University College/Buffalo

State University of NY Fredonia

State University of NY Oswego

SUNY Albany

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Canton

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase

SUNY Stony Brook

Syracuse University

University at Buffalo

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University of Rochester

Vassar College

Wagner College

Webb Institute

Wells College

Yeshiva University

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  • Phone – 212-960-5277
  • Admissions – [email protected]
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Community Colleges – New York

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Adirondack Community College

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  • Address – 640 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804
  • Phone – (518) 743-2200

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

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  • Address – 120 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
  • Phone – (212) 686-9244

Borough of Manhattan Community College

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  • Address – 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007
  • Phone – (212) 220-8000

Bronx Community College

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  • Address – 2155 University Ave, Bronx, NY 10453
  • Phone – (718) 289-5100

Broome Community College

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  • Address – PO Box 1017 Binghamton, New York 13902
  • Phone – (607) 778-5000

Bryant & Stratton College

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  • Address – 465 Main Street, Suite 400, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Phone – 267-284-5000

Cayuga County Community College

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  • Address – 197 Franklin St, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Phone – (315) 255-1743

Clinton Community College

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  • Address – 136 Clinton Point Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Phone – (518) 562-4200

College of Westchester

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  • Address – 325 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
  • Phone – (855) 403-7722

Columbia-Greene Community College

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  • Address – 4400 NY-23, Hudson, NY 12534
  • Phone – (518) 828-4181

Corning Community College

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  • Address – 1 Academic Dr, Corning, NY 14830
  • Phone – (607) 962-9222

Dutchess Community College

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  • Address – 53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Phone – (845) 431-8000

Erie Community College

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  • Address – 6205 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
  • Phone – (716) 851-1002

Finger Lakes Community College

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  • Address – 3325 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424
  • Phone – (585) 394-3500

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

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  • Address – 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095
  • Phone – (518) 736-3622

Genesee Community College

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  • Address – 1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
  • Phone – (585) 343-0055

Helene Fuld College of Nursing

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  • Address – 24 E 120th St, New York, NY 10035
  • Phone – (212) 616-7200

Herkimer County Community College

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  • Address – 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY 13350
  • Phone – (315) 866-0300

Hostos Community College

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  • Address – 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
  • Phone – (718) 518-4444

Hudson Valley Community College

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  • Address – 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone – (518) 629-4822

Jamestown Business College

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  • Address – 7 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
  • Phone – (716) 664-5100

Jamestown Community College

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  • Address – 525 Falconer St, Jamestown, NY 14701
  • Phone – (716) 338-1000

Jefferson Community College

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  • Address – 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601
  • Phone – (315) 786-2200

Kingsborough Community College

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  • Address – 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235
  • Phone – (718) 368-5000

LaGuardia Community College

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  • Address – 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Phone – (718) 482-7200

Maria College

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  • Address – 700 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
  • Phone – (518) 438-3111

Mohawk Valley Community College

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  • Address – 1101 Sherman Dr, Utica, NY 13501
  • Phone – (315) 792-5354

Monroe Community College

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  • Address – 1000 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Phone – (585) 292-2000

Nassau Community College

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  • Address – 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY 11530
  • Phone – (516) 572-7501

Niagara County Community College

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  • Address – 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132
  • Phone – (716) 614-6222

North Country Community College

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  • Address – 23 Santanoni Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • Phone – (518) 891-2915

Onondaga Community College

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  • Address – 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215
  • Phone – (315) 498-2622

Orange County Community College

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Address – 115 South Street Middletown, NY  10940

Phone – (845) 344-6222

Queensborough Community College

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  • Address – 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364
  • Phone – (718) 631-6262

Rockland Community College

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  • Address – Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd, Suffern, NY 10901
  • Phone – (845) 574-4000

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

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  • Address – 2215 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501
  • Phone – (315) 798-8347

Schenectady County Community College

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  • Address – 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone – (518) 381-1200

Suffolk County Community College

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  • Address – 533 College Rd, Selden, NY 11784
  • Phone – (631) 451-4110

Sullivan County Community College

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  • Address – 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
  • Phone – (845) 434-5750

Tompkins Cortland Community College

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  • Address – 170 North Sreet, Dryden, NY 13053
  • Phone – (607) 844-8211

Trocaire College

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  • Address – 360 Choate Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220
  • Phone – (716) 826-1200

Ulster County Community College

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  • Address – 491 Cottekill Rd, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
  • Phone – (845) 687-5000

Westchester Community College

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  • Address – 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595
  • Phone – (914) 606-6600

Trade, Vocational, And Career Schools (NY)

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Branford Hall Career Institute


Island Drafting & Technical Institute

Briarcliffe College


Five Towns College


Suburban Technical School


Plaza College

Jackson Heights

Allen School


Hunter Business School


DeVry University

Long Island City


Hunter Business School


Briarcliffe College


Ridley-Lowell Business-Medical-Tech. Inst.



Everest Institute

Seneca Falls

New York Chiropractic College

Career School Beauty Institute

Staten Island

Culinary Academy of Long Island


Valley Stream

Business Informatics Center


Elmira Business Institute

Lincoln Technical Institute<


College of Westchester

Online Degrees and Programs in New York

New York State and its post-secondary schools are far behind many other states in offering and supporting online degree programs. According to a 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report, only 6.1% of students enrolled in Title IV programs in the state were in fully-online programs. While this number has likely grown in the past few years, it is likely still well below many states, especially those that boast 20% or more regarding this same statistic. Thankfully, online degrees and programs in the state are mostly inexpensive, especially at the state’s SUNY colleges and universities.

The highest ranked online degree programs can be found primarily at the SUNY colleges. The top of the list includes SUNY-College of Technology at Delhi, SUNY-College of Technology at Alfred, SUNY-College at Plattsburgh, SUNY-College at Oswego and SUNY-College of Technology at Canton. Across the State University of New York system, there are around 400 online programs. At SUNY-College of Technology at Delhi, prospective students will find the #18 best online Bachelor’s program in the U.S., according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings. Students attending this school online will find such programs as Criminal Justice (Bachelor’s) and Nursing Education (Master’s). The number of online degrees available in the school are relatively small, at just five.

Open SUNY, the State University of New York, maintains an online degree program service. This service is available to all students enrolled in a SUNY institution. Online Bachelor’s, Master’s, Associate’s and certificates are all available through the service. Fifty-three bachelor’s degrees are available, including Criminal Justice, Electrical Engineering, Emergency Management, Education and International Trade and Marketing. Fifty-six Master’s degree programs are offered, which include Childhood Education, Library Science, Music Education and Work and Labor Policy. There are also over 200 Associate’s degree programs available and three Doctoral degrees.