Best Private Colleges in New York 2022

Best Private Colleges in New York 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in New York.

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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What are New York’s Colleges & Universities?

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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 80 private universities in New York. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in New York, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in New York

  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. #8

    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
  6. Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/31

  7. #11

    Vassar College

    Poughkeepsie , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $63K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

  8. #12

    Hofstra University

    Hempstead , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/27

  9. #14

    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
  10. #15

    Colgate University

    Hamilton , NY
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $62K

    Acceptance

    27%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1415/32

  11. 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
  12. #19

    Long Island University

    Brookville , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

  13. #20

    Sarah Lawrence College

    Bronxville , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1331/29

    What is Sarah Lawrence College known for?

    Sarah Lawrence College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #21

    Adelphi University

    Garden City , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Adelphi University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Business
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Emergency Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #23

    Clarkson University

    Potsdam , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/26

  16. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1182/25

  17. Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    77%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1272/28

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New York’s Best Private Colleges in Your Area 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. Colgate University
  13. Hamilton College
  14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  15. Syracuse University
  16. Fordham University
  17. Union College, New York
  18. Hofstra University
  19. Skidmore College
  20. Wagner College
  21. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  22. Manhattan College
  23. Clarkson University
  24. Marist College
  25. St. Lawrence University