New York’s Best Research Universities of 2021

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New York’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in New York

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What are New York’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine New York's best colleges and universities?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

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New York’s Best Research Universities for Undergraduates

A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 28 research universities in New York. The list below of the 20 best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 60%.

  1. #1

    Columbia University

    #3 institution's historical influence
    #6 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

    New York, NY

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    What is Columbia University known for?

    Columbia University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Communications

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  2. #2

    Cornell University

    #15 institution's historical influence
    #14 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

    Ithaca, NY

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    What is Cornell University known for?

    Cornell University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Yeshiva University

    #148 institution's historical influence
    #136 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    77%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

    New York, NY

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    What is Yeshiva University known for?

    Yeshiva University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    New York University

    #17 institution's historical influence
    #44 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1440/32

    New York, NY

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    What is New York University known for?

    New York University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science

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  5. #5

    The New School

    #132 institution's historical influence
    #1438 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1265/27

    New York, NY

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    What is The New School known for?

    The New School’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    University of Rochester

    #82 institution's historical influence
    #61 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    86%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/32

    Rochester, NY

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    What is University of Rochester known for?

    University of Rochester’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Business

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  7. #7

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    #205 institution's historical influence
    #1177 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/31

    Troy, NY

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    What is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute known for?

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Syracuse University

    #81 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    What is Syracuse University known for?

    Syracuse University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Physics

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  9. #9

    City College of New York

    #59 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    13K

    New York, NY

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    What is City College of New York known for?

    City College of New York’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Education
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Fordham University

    #169 institution's historical influence
    #66 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    Bronx, NY

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    What is Fordham University known for?

    Fordham University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology

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  11. #11

    Stony Brook University

    #173 institution's historical influence
    #1211 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1335/29

    Stony Brook, NY

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    What is Stony Brook University known for?

    Stony Brook University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Psychology

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  12. #12

    University at Buffalo

    #176 institution's historical influence
    #1348 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/26

    Buffalo, NY

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    What is University at Buffalo known for?

    University at Buffalo’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Law
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Hofstra University

    #442 institution's historical influence
    #850 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/27

    Hempstead, NY

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    What is Hofstra University known for?

    Hofstra University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • History
    • Economics
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #14

    Binghamton University

    #328 institution's historical influence
    #1143 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1360/30

    Vestal, NY

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    What is Binghamton University known for?

    Binghamton University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #15

    Clarkson University

    #937 institution's historical influence
    #413 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/26

    Potsdam, NY

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    What is Clarkson University known for?

    Clarkson University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #16

    University at Albany, SUNY

    #434 institution's historical influence
    #1020 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Albany, NY

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    What is University at Albany, SUNY known for?

    University at Albany, SUNY’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry

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  17. #17

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    #624 institution's historical influence
    #1294 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Rochester, NY

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    What is Rochester Institute of Technology known for?

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

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Biology

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  18. #18

    Adelphi University

    #642 institution's historical influence
    #610 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Garden City, NY

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    What is Adelphi University known for?

    Adelphi University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #19

    Touro College

    #1509 institution's historical influence
    #206 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    8K

    New York, NY

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    What is Touro College known for?

    Touro College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Law
    • Business
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. #20

    St. John Fisher College

    #2133 institution's historical influence
    #867 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/23

    Rochester, NY

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    What is St. John Fisher College known for?

    St. John Fisher College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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