Although small geographically, New York is one of the country’s most populous places. It boasts a wide range of colleges to meet its residents’ diverse needs and interests, so students will need to do their research to find the right fit. This page offers tools and resources to help prospective students choose schools that match their academic and personal needs. Learn how the state’s best colleges are ranked, explore outreach and assistance programs for New York students, find out the real cost of attending school, and see how New York colleges compare with those nationwide.

Best New York Colleges: 2017 Rankings

New York New York

New York hosts an overwhelming 325 public and private nonprofit universities, and picking the right one is no easy task. Prospective students can take a look at this list of best colleges in New York to get an idea of what to look for in a high-quality college. Rankings are determined by a combination of factors, like the cost of tuition, availability of financial aid, graduation rate and student-to-teacher ratio.

Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Monroe Community College
99.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,200
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
8%
22% N/A 2 102 Yes Yes
2
Hudson Valley Community College
99.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,200
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
7%
24% N/A 3 86 Yes Yes
3
Niagara County Community College
98.46
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,000
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%
26% N/A 5 82 Yes Yes
4
SUNY Westchester Community College
98.44
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,300
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
2%
14% N/A 1 69 Yes No
5
Genesee Community College
98.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
14%
24% N/A 6 66 Yes Yes
6
Dutchess Community College
97.67
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,600
23:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
24% N/A 0 49 Yes Yes
7
Jefferson Community College
97.23
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,100
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
9%
25% N/A 4 33 Yes Yes
8
SUNY Broome Community College
97.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,000
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
14%
26% N/A 2 65 Yes Yes
9
SUNY Orange
96.65
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
3%
18% N/A 1 34 Yes No
10
Columbia-Greene Community College
96.47
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
31% N/A 0 25 Yes Yes
11
Suffolk County Community College
96.17
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,700
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
1%
20% N/A 1 77 Yes Yes
12
Erie Community College
95.92
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,800
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
24% N/A 0 70 Yes Yes
13
Jamestown Community College
95.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,300
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%
33% N/A 6 44 Yes Yes
14
Adirondack Community College
95.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,300
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%
19% N/A 0 27 No No
15
Herkimer County Community College
95.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,300
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
27% N/A 23 49 Yes No
16
Corning Community College
95.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,000
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%
25% N/A 2 33 Yes Yes
17
Onondaga Community College
95.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,100
25:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
10%
19% N/A 0 56 Yes Yes
18
SUNY Ulster
95.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,600
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
18%
25% N/A 4 35 Yes Yes
19
Rockland Community College
95.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,100
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
3%
27% N/A 0 47 Yes Yes
20
Tompkins Cortland Community College
95.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,900
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
7%
22% N/A 6 55 Yes Yes
21
Mohawk Valley Community College
94.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,300
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
21% N/A 2 68 Yes Yes
22
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
94.78
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,500
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
27% N/A 2 48 Yes Yes
23
Finger Lakes Community College
94.54
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,800
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
26% N/A 8 69 Yes Yes
24
Nassau Community College
94.20
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,800
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
19% N/A 0 62 Yes Yes
25
Schenectady County Community College
93.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,700
25:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
15% N/A 0 59 Yes Yes
26
SUNY Sullivan
93.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
10%
22% N/A 0 32 Yes Yes
27
Bramson ORT College
92.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
74%
37% N/A 6 18 Yes No
28
Queensborough Community College
92.49
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,900
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
1%
19% N/A 0 31 Yes Yes
29
Cayuga County Community College
92.16
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,400
26:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
8%
22% N/A 6 18 Yes No
30
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
91.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,900
26:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
1%
15% N/A 1 27 Yes No
31
North Country Community College
90.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,000
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
20% N/A 1 26 No No
32
Clinton Community College
89.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,500
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
18% N/A 0 29 No Yes
33
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
89.58
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,000
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
17% N/A 0 43 Yes Yes
34
Kingsborough Community College
89.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,300
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
19% N/A 0 40 Yes No
35
Bronx Community College
89.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,900
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
11% N/A 0 34 Yes No
36
Professional Business College
88.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$18,400
N/A
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
10%
33% N/A 0 12 Yes No
37
Hostos Community College
87.50
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,800
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
12% N/A 1 27 Yes No
38
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
86.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
N/A N/A 0 7 No No
39
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
93% N/A 0 5 No No
Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Columbia University in the City of New York
99.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$72,900
6:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
46%
95% 7% 15 216 Yes No
2
Cornell University
99.46
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$70,900
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%
93% 14% 2 206 Yes No
3
Yeshiva University
99.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,600
7:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
85%
84% 82% 0 60 Yes No
4
University of Rochester
99.04
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,500
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
86%
85% 36% 0 167 Yes No
5
New York University
98.62
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$58,800
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
52%
83% 35% 10 299 Yes Yes
6
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
98.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$53,700
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
81% 15% 0 12 Yes No
7
Molloy College
97.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,500
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
88%
62% 75% 0 62 Yes No
8
Nazareth College
97.74
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,900
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
73% 70% 0 78 Yes No
9
Barnard College
97.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,400
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
45%
90% 24% 0 63 Yes No
10
Colgate University
97.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$61,500
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
42%
90% 26% 0 60 Yes No
11
Manhattan College
97.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$63,600
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
92%
75% 67% 0 54 Yes No
12
Ithaca College
97.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$50,400
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
91%
77% 59% 1 108 Yes No
13
Canisius College
97.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,700
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
68% 80% 21 116 Yes No
14
Hamilton College
97.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,300
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
53%
91% 26% 0 42 Yes No
15
Adelphi University
97.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$50,600
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
90%
66% 72% 3 86 Yes Yes
16
Saint Joseph’s College-New York
96.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$51,800
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
91%
68% 71% 2 45 No Yes
17
Rochester Institute of Technology
96.94
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$56,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
90%
63% 57% 9 136 Yes Yes
18
University at Buffalo
96.90
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$49,700
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
61%
71% 58% 1 190 Yes No
19
Siena College
96.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,100
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
73% 66% 0 27 Yes Yes
20
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
96.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$81,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
92%
84% 38% 0 102 Yes No
21
Pace University-New York
96.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$58,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
56% 85% 11 152 Yes Yes
22
Fordham University
96.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
89%
81% 48% 3 114 Yes Yes
23
Union College
96.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$61,800
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
73%
83% 41% 0 40 Yes No
24
Stony Brook University
96.65
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,500
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
67%
70% 41% 6 143 Yes No
25
Clarkson University
96.59
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$68,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
70% 62% 13 47 Yes No
26
Saint John Fisher College
96.42
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,800
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
74% 68% 3 56 Yes Yes
27
Syracuse University
96.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$56,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
66%
82% 53% 10 240 Yes Yes
28
Le Moyne College
96.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
69% 66% 0 43 Yes No
29
St Bonaventure University
96.29
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,200
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
64% 70% 1 56 Yes No
30
Hofstra University
96.11
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$53,200
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
93%
61% 62% 6 189 Yes No
31
Niagara University
96.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
67% 66% 6 74 Yes Yes
32
D’Youville College
95.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,300
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
40% 69% 1 42 No Yes
33
Vassar College
95.92
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,100
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
56%
91% 24% 0 48 Yes No
34
SUNY at Binghamton
95.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$58,400
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
45%
79% 44% 2 136 Yes No
35
Iona College
95.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$52,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
65% 87% 0 70 Yes Yes
36
St John’s University-New York
95.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$54,100
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
59% 63% 15 125 Yes Yes
37
CUNY Hunter College
95.57
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,800
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%
46% 35% 0 129 Yes No
38
Manhattanville College
95.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,300
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
58% 74% 0 79 No Yes
39
Alfred University
95.38
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,300
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
63% 69% 0 53 Yes No
40
CUNY Queens College
95.28
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,000
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
3%
55% 40% 0 123 Yes No
41
Marist College
95.26
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$54,400
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
87%
80% 39% 7 64 Yes Yes
42
LIU Post
95.02
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
92%
42% 83% 3 165 Yes Yes
43
St Lawrence University
95.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,500
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
96%
80% 48% 0 37 Yes No
44
CUNY City College
94.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,500
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
42% 38% 0 97 Yes Yes
45
Hobart William Smith Colleges
94.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,600
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
84%
76% 48% 0 48 No No
46
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
94.82
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$54,000
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%
63% 28% 0 55 Yes No
47
Daemen College
94.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
48% 55% 0 74 Yes Yes
48
Hartwick College
94.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,100
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
56% 90% 0 31 Yes Yes
49
Houghton College
94.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,200
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
67% 94% 0 49 Yes Yes
50
College of Mount Saint Vincent
94.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$51,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
57% 95% 0 30 Yes Yes

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College Planning, Assistance and Outreach Programs in New York

Not only do individual colleges in New York offer financial aid and other student support programs, the state as a whole has a variety of programs and initiatives designed to help current and future college students prepare, budget, and succeed in college. From helping high schoolers understand the ins and outs of state and federal financial aid to boosting enrollment of minorities, New York is working to make postsecondary education attainable.

Start Here Get There

This comprehensive financial aid awareness website, created by New York’s Higher Education Services Corporation, aims to help students understand the FAFSA and other aspects of financial aid. Start Here Get There gives students step-by-step instructions on filling out the FAFSA so they can get the most federal aid with as little stress as possible. Students can also get helpful advice on specific questions such as filling out parent information if a parent has remarried, and can find local events to attend if they want in-person help. Information on financial aid specific to New York students is also available through Start Here Get There.

My Brother’s Keeper

The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force was originally created at the federal level by President Obama in 2014, but in 2016, New York became the first state to enact the MBK initiative into law. The purpose of MBK is to provide support to boys and young men of color to improve their educational outcomes. At the national level, MBK has six primary goals, including elementary and secondary academic success, and college and career readiness for all children and young adults. New York has added other goals to the list, including access to high quality education; expansion of early warning, prevention and intervention programs; and breaking down structural and institutional racism.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

CSTEP was put into place to help historically underrepresented and low-income postsecondary students who were interested in careers in science, health, math and technology. CSTEP helps students with services such as career development, admissions counseling and applications, access to standardized test prep courses, and internships and other practical training. New York has 44 CSTEP programs throughout the state, and participation is competitive, so interested students need to complete an application.

Cost of College in New York

To get an accurate picture of college costs in New York, it’s imperative to look beyond the sticker price of tuition. Financial aid is another big part of the equation, and schools vary with how many students receive awards and how large the average financial aid package is. Check out the following charts to learn about tuition and financial aid of New York colleges and see how the state compares with the national average.

Average New York Tuition & Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of New York Students Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award for New York Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Most Affordable Colleges in New York

New York offers colleges for many budgets, but the bottom line is just simple math: tuition minus financial aid. Although certain schools may have higher tuition, costs can be offset with extensive financial aid packages, putting them within reach. Based on these factors, the six colleges below ranked as New York’s most affordable.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

New York College Net Price vs. National Average
NEW YORK $17,565 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

New York Colleges With Highest-Paid Alumni

For many students, a primary goal of earning a degree is to get a high-paying job upon graduation, and some schools do better than others in producing well-paid alumni. Here we look at the average earnings for New York graduates, along with the six colleges that yield the highest paid alumni 10 years after starting college.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

New York Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
NEW YORK $48,946 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in New York With Least Alumni Debt

Even with help from scholarships and grants, students often have to take out loans to pay for college. See where New York stands in terms of student debt after graduation, and check out the New York schools that leave their students with the least amount of debt upon program completion.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

New York College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
NEW YORK $21,209 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

New York Cost of Living: College Expenses Beyond Tuition

Comparing tuition rates and financial aid packages is a start when figuring out the costs of college, but students also need to account for living expenses like rent, utilities, transportation and food. Costs of living for the state as a whole come in well above the national average, but they vary widely between cities. The table below reviews New York’s overall cost of living, as well as the numbers for the state’s five largest metro areas.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 129% 175% 110% 110% 116% 103% 111%
Buffalo 96% 102% 92% 95% 102% 86% 91%
New York (Brooklyn) 173% 290% 131% 133% 126% 114% 125%
New York (Manhattan) 227% 456% 127% 130% 134% 116% 148%
New York (Queens) 151% 219% 124% 133% 122% 106% 125%
Rochester 101% 94% 99% 97% 115% 99% 104%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for New York Colleges

Students can begin to narrow their list of potential New York colleges by looking for accredited institutions. Accreditation is a voluntary process; schools may undergo these quality-assurance evaluations to demonstrate that they meet specific standards. Only accredited schools qualify for federal funding, so they often have more financial resources for teachers, facilities and research. Furthermore, students who attend unaccredited colleges do not qualify for federal financial aid, and may not be able to transfer course credits should they move to an accredited institution later.

Accredited can be both regional and programmatic. Regional accreditation, granted in New York by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education applies to an institution as a whole. Programmatic accreditation is granted to individual schools or programs within a larger college, such as in the following examples

Popular College Cities in New York

New York City

New York City is home to nine public colleges and 44 private ones, offering study options ranging from intensive technological research to niche programs in the performing arts. Many are recognized throughout the country and even globally, so the Big Apple's student population reaches far beyond local residents.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

New York CityColumbia University Private not-for-profit $22,672 $72,900
Columbia University is a private, not-for-profit Ivy League university and is the oldest college in New York. Consistently ranked in the top ten colleges nationwide, it has 21 different schools with an array of majors and minors within each. About 6,000 undergraduates attend Columbia; the college focuses more on graduate education and has an additional 20,000 grad students.
New York CityNew York University Private not-for-profit $37,971 $58,800
NYU is one of the largest private universities in the country. Founded in 1831 with only 158 students, NYU's 4,500 faculty members now serve over 50,000 students between campuses and study sites around the world, including degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Undergraduates can choose from 25 different degree programs, and some 2,500 individual courses.
New York CityCUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College Public $6,778 $34,900
Part of New York's community college system, BMCC offers over 30 academic programs to more than 26,000 students. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in a variety of subjects, from accounting to video arts. Along with its academic programs, BMCC also offers in
Syracuse

Syracuse has an even distribution of private and public colleges to serve students. The city's four public colleges include both subject-specific institutions, like the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and those with a broad range of degree programs, like Onondaga Community College. Its four private colleges function similarly, with nursing colleges, religiously affiliated schools and colleges with an array of degree options. Below is a sampling of what prospective students can find in Syracuse.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

SyracuseSyracuse University Private not-for-profit $28,912 $56,600
Syracuse University is a private research university with more than 21,000 students, about a quarter of whom are from minority populations. SU undergraduates can choose from over 200 majors and 100 minors, and graduate students can earn degrees in some 200 areas of study. Students can also take advantage of study abroad opportunities, online learning options, sports teams, and student clubs and organizations.
SyracuseOnondaga Community College Public $12,064 $32,100
A two-year public institution that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Onondaga Community College offers over 40 degrees and certificates and has more than 80 transfer agreements, making it easy for students to transition to four-year institutions. Students can pursue associate degrees and certificates both on-campus and online. OCC also provides students with over 55 scholarship opportunities, on-campus housing and a variety of student clubs and organizations.
SyracuseLeMoyne College Private not-for-profit $22,351 $48,800
LeMoyne College is a private Jesuit college with undergraduate, graduate and continuing education opportunities. Students

Source: College Scorecard

New York College Resources

Prospective students can continue researching colleges in New York by checking out these resources.

New York State Education Department

Find information about New York’s education system, including higher education resources and news.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

New York’s higher education financial aid agency provides students with information about finding and applying for financial aid. The site also offers tips for college prep and the loan repayment process.

New York State Office of Higher Education

Learn about colleges and scholarships for New York students at the Office of Higher Education’s website.

NY’s 529 College Savings Program

The site offers information about starting one of these state-sponsored savings plans to help cover college costs.

NYSED Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services

Get information about adult education services in New York.

State University of New York

The hubpage for New York’s state university system is the portal for information about New York’s public community colleges and universities.