Best Colleges in New York 2022

Best Colleges in New York 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in New York. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Colleges and Universities in New York

On average, tuition at New York’s higher education institutes comes in well-below the national average at about $7,900. Students have nearly 80 public school options to choose from, ranging in fees from $1,000 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy up to $10,000 at the University at Buffalo, the largest public university. However, some of the state’s private schools, such as New York University (NYU), charge tuition fees at a much higher cost.

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Although tuition fees at NYU average $52,000, students who attend this school have access to some of the best programs in fields like literature, business, medicine, communications, and law. The school also boasts famous alumni like Whoopi Goldberg and Jonas Salk. New York also offers close to 40 religiously affiliated schools. Students can expect to pay a wide range of tuition costs at these schools, but have the option to major in fields like social work, law, religious studies, business, and nursing.

They say New York is a place where dreams come true. Here, fashion, culture, food, business, art, and many languages comfortably coexist. While The Empire State’s metropolitan landmarks, like the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, are noteworthy, many forget New York also offers access to the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and countless cozy cabins tucked away in the verdant Catskills Mountains. Additionally, New York is home to over 200 colleges and universities, making it easy for students to dream big while earning their degrees.

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We’ve identified 121 colleges and universities in New York that meet our criteria. This list of the top 30 colleges in New York below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in New York.

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Best Colleges in New York 2022

  1. #1

    Columbia University

    New York , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $64K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

  2. #2

    New York University

    New York , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    49K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1440/32

  3. #3

    Cornell University

    Ithaca , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

  4. #5

    Syracuse University

    Syracuse , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse University’s Online Degrees

    BPS in Applied Data and Predictive Analytics
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Business Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Computer Programming
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Creative Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Cybersecurity Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Information Management and Technology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BPS in Knowledge Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #6

    Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1335/29

    Stony Brook University’s Online Degrees

    BSN in Nursing
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Electrical Engineering
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #11

    The New School

    New York , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1265/27

    The New School’s Online Degrees

    BA/BS in Food Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Liberal Arts
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/31

  8. Other Rankings

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

  9. #18

    Vassar College

    Poughkeepsie , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $63K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

  10. Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    University at Albany, SUNY’s Online Degrees

    BS in Informatics
    Degree Concentrations
    • Interactive User Experience
    • Cybersecurity
    • Social Media
    • Data Analytics
    • Software Development
    • Information Technology
    • Game Development and Design
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Public Policy and Management
    Degree Concentrations
    • Environmental Policy
    • Gender
    • Race
    • and Society
    • Human Services: Health
    • Education
    • and Labor
    • Law and Civil Rights
    • Local Government
    • Philosophy and Ethics
    • Politics
    • Quantitative Tools
    • Regulation and Public Finance
    • Technology and Policy
    • Urban Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #21

    Hofstra University

    Hempstead , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/27

  12. #23

    Pace University

    New York , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/24

    Pace University’s Online Degrees

    BBA in Business Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Marketing and Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Nursing (RN to BS)
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Communication Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #25

    Colgate University

    Hamilton , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $62K

    Acceptance

    27%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1415/32

  14. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Fashion Institute of Technology known for?

    Fashion Institute of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

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  15. Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s Online Degrees

    BA in Applied Arts and Sciences
    Degree Concentrations
    • Business Studies
    • Communications
    • Computer Graphics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Health Systems Administration
    • Leadership
    • Literature
    • Organizational Change and Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Technical Communications
    • Web Design and Development
    • Women & Gender Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #30

    Long Island University

    Brookville , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

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New York’s Best Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Columbia University
  2. Cornell University
  3. Sarah Lawrence College
  4. Barnard College
  5. Vassar College
  6. Cooper Union
  7. Yeshiva University
  8. New York University
  9. Bard College
  10. The New School
  11. University of Rochester
  12. United States Military Academy
  13. Colgate University
  14. Hamilton College
  15. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  16. Syracuse University
  17. Fordham University
  18. Stony Brook University
  19. Union College, New York
  20. State University of New York at Purchase
  21. University at Buffalo
  22. Hofstra University
  23. Binghamton University
  24. Queens College, City University of New York
  25. Skidmore College