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Colleges in New York

25 colleges
336,680 yearly degrees
$23,465 average yearly in-state tuition
$28,802 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $23,465, while students interested in attending a school from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $28,504.

An estimated 34% of college students in New York take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,201.

Below is a listing of the most popular colleges in New York sorted by largest school to smallest:

#1

New York University

New York, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
17,190 yearly awards
$40,336 net cost

The total student population at New York University is 51,123, of which 25,347 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at NYU. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

About 28% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

33% of NYU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,526. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from NYU is $61,900.

Private not-for-profit public vs private
14,070 yearly awards
$24,231 net cost

There are approximately 30,454 students at Columbia in total, 7,592 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Columbia undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The acceptance rate at Columbia is 7%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $10,740. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia earns $83,300.

#3

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Public public vs private
8,690 yearly awards
$17,469 net cost

There are 19,401 full-time undergraduates at University at Buffalo, and 30,648 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at University at Buffalo. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

About 57% of students who apply get accepted. Around 54% of accepted students are men, and 46% are women.

Roughly, 53% of students at University at Buffalo take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $9,592. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$52,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from University at Buffalo earns.

#4

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
Public public vs private
7,870 yearly awards
$13,770 net cost

There are approximately 25,989 students at SUNY Stony Brook in total, 16,212 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at SUNY Stony Brook. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

About 42% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

43% of SUNY Stony Brook students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,404. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $57,600 after graduation.

#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
7,530 yearly awards
$31,230 net cost

There are 14,898 full-time undergraduates at Cornell, and 23,016 students altogether. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

About 13% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $8,107. Cornell has a 1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $77,200.

#6

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
7,240 yearly awards
$34,173 net cost

The total student population at Syracuse University is 22,484, of which 14,675 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Syracuse undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 47%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly, 47% of students at Syracuse take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $9,696. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $62,100.

#7

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York
Public public vs private
5,670 yearly awards
$3,170 net cost

The total student population at CUNY Hunter College is 23,005, of which 12,612 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Hunter. The freshman retention rate is 83%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 40%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $5,685. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Hunter earns $47,200.

#8

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
5,350 yearly awards
$35,694 net cost

There are approximately 16,037 students at Fordham U in total, 9,132 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Fordham U undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly, 53% of students at Fordham U take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,946. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Fordham U is $59,200.

#9

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
5,140 yearly awards
$ net cost

There are full-time undergraduates at Excelsior College, and 34,022 students altogether.

% of Excelsior College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$0 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Excelsior College earns.

#10

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
Public public vs private
4,950 yearly awards
$18,378 net cost

There are approximately 17,351 students at Binghamton University in total, 13,345 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Binghamton University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 40% of students who apply get accepted. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

Roughly, 64% of students at Binghamton University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,335. The student loan default rate of 1.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $61,600 after graduation.

#11

University at Albany

Albany, New York
Public public vs private
4,930 yearly awards
$18,093 net cost

The total student population at University at Albany is 17,743, of which 12,740 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UAlbany. The freshman retention rate is 83%.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

64% of UAlbany students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $7,416. UAlbany has a 4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UAlbany is $51,500.

#12

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
Public public vs private
4,910 yearly awards
$2,695 net cost

There are 11,598 full-time undergraduates at Baruch, and 18,289 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Baruch. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 29%. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,293. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $57,200.

#13

Touro College

New York, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,290 yearly awards
$23,539 net cost

There are approximately 11,908 students at Touro in total, 4,232 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Touro. The freshman retention rate is 82%.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 30% of accepted students are men, and 70% are women.

Roughly, 13% of students at Touro take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,971. Touro has a 6.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Touro earns $30,400.

#14

LIU Post

Brookville, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,250 yearly awards
$28,989 net cost

There are 2,845 full-time undergraduates at LIU Post, and 8,499 students altogether. It takes the average LIU Post undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

58% of LIU Post students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,388. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for LIU Post with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $49,000 after graduation.

#15

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,140 yearly awards
$25,747 net cost

The total student population at St John’s University - New York is 21,340, of which 11,526 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average STJ undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $7,460. STJ has a 4.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$55,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from STJ earns.

Public public vs private
4,100 yearly awards
$5,965 net cost

There are 18,479 full-time undergraduates at BMCC, and 26,932 students altogether.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $5,062. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$36,000 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from BMCC earns.

#17

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
Public public vs private
4,030 yearly awards
$2,725 net cost

There are approximately 17,803 students at Brooklyn in total, 10,786 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Brooklyn undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 40% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

8% of Brooklyn students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,692. Brooklyn has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,900 after graduation.

#18

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,010 yearly awards
$30,187 net cost

The total student population at Rochester Institute of Technology is 16,584, of which 12,447 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average RIT undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

About 57% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 67% are men and 33% are women.

Roughly, 67% of students at RIT take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,876. RIT has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from RIT is $62,400.

#19

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York
Public public vs private
3,950 yearly awards
$3,318 net cost

There are 12,149 full-time undergraduates at Queens, and 19,866 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Queens. The freshman retention rate is 84%.

About 43% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

8% of Queens students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,881. The student loan default rate of 4.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $48,200.

#20

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
Public public vs private
3,880 yearly awards
$5,787 net cost

There are approximately 26,756 students at Suffolk County Community College in total, 13,867 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,791. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk County Community College earns $37,800.

Public public vs private
3,870 yearly awards
$3,843 net cost

The total student population at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is 14,834, of which 10,276 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average John Jay undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 39%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 11% of students at John Jay take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,511. The student loan default rate of 5.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for John Jay with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 after graduation.

#22

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
Public public vs private
3,790 yearly awards
$11,772 net cost

There are approximately 8,846 students at FIT SUNY in total, 7,210 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at FIT SUNY. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

About 47% of students who apply get accepted. Around 15% of accepted students are men, and 85% are women.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,843. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from FIT SUNY earns $48,900.

#23

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
3,760 yearly awards
$30,480 net cost

The total student population at University of Rochester is 11,648, of which 6,250 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 34%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

Roughly, 45% of students at University of Rochester take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,216. University of Rochester has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$61,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from University of Rochester earns.

#24

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
Private not-for-profit public vs private
3,550 yearly awards
$29,588 net cost

There are 7,878 full-time undergraduates at Pace University, and 12,986 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Pace University. The freshman retention rate is 80%.

80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

62% of Pace University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $8,612. Pace University has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Pace University is $60,300.

#25

CUNY City College

New York, New York
Public public vs private
3,490 yearly awards
$2,540 net cost

There are approximately 16,001 students at City in total, 10,225 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at City. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

8% of City students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,769. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $46,300.

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