Resources to Find New York Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find a College in New York

New York Highway SignFamilies interested in New York colleges should start with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). The “Pay for College” section offers detailed information on financial aid programs, a list of state scholarships, and how to compare financial aid award letters. It explains the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) which can provide an additional $5000 a year to qualified students. You can also view a video on completing the FAFSA

The website links to the “Go College New York” website also sponsored by HESC. This is more of the common one-stop shopping website. It doesn’t bother with its own college search engine, it just sends you to the College Navigator website. Users will find the usual checklist for high school students by year. There is a college fair calendar and a college planning worksheet. Students can watch a series of videos comparing two students, one who goes to college, one who doesn’t.

Students interested in transferring from a community college to a State University of New York school should visit SUNY’s course equivalencies page. Otherwise, they should check with the schools they are interested in transferring to for more information. If you’re looking for help in completing the FAFSA, College Goal NY offers help as part of the College Goal Sunday program.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 124 four-year New York colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates.  Unlike other states, a slight majority (51.4%)of the 539,582 full-time students attend the state’s 84 private colleges compared to the 40 public institutions (48.6%).

The average four-year graduation rate for private New York colleges is 49.2% and the five-year rate for public-institutions is 49.4%. A total of 37 schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

The average SAT Critical Reading score for college-bound seniors in New York was 488 and the math scores was 502. The 75th percentile scores were 560 and 590 respectively. A total of 54 colleges had 75th percentile scores were equal to or higher in both categories.

The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in New York applied to:

  • SUNY University at Stony Brook
  • SUNY University at Binghamton
  • SUNY University at Buffalo
  • SUNY University at Albany
  • SUNY College at New Paltz
  • Fordham University
  • Cornell University
  • St. John’s University
  • New York University
  • City University of New York: Hunter College
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • Syracuse University
  • Boston University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Hofstra University
  • Northeastern University
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College at Buffalo
  • City University of New York: Baruch College

New York Colleges Conferences and Divisions

New York state athletic conferences

List of New York Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

New York Colleges with Test Scores and Graduation Rates
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4/5 Yr
Net Price
Adelphi UniversityPrivate453153686006202424833
Albany Coll of Pharm & Health SciPrivate105972636206502929346
Alfred UniversityPrivate190945705906102720055
American Musical & Dramatic AcademyPrivate13652635687
Bard CollegePrivate1916603826774
Barnard CollegePrivate246382217307103223852
Boricua CollegePrivate10502917226
Buffalo State SUNYPublic8293454952054010911
Canisius CollegePrivate282558735906102719668
Cazenovia CollegePrivate937537818352
Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim LubavitzPrivate650010016809
Clarkson UniversityPrivate308461646206652825782
Colgate UniversityPrivate287187267207403222038
College of Mount Saint VincentPrivate148937735005002319873
College of Staten Island CUNYPublic9784461005305607117
Columbia UniversityPrivate73748677807903420740
Concordia College-New YorkPrivate81228675005052017944
Cooper Union for the Adv of Sci and ArtPrivate8636887107803317263
Cornell UniversityPrivate1438087167407803425652
Culinary Institute of AmericaPrivate28149032878
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegePublic1039660256306907955
CUNY Brooklyn CollegePublic954344325806206637
CUNY City CollegePublic927432345906405820
CUNY Hunter CollegePublic1174742306206407518
CUNY John Jay Coll of Criminal JusticePublic1037439345105305552
CUNY Lehman CollegePublic564330235305704790
CUNY Medgar Evers CollegePublic426712914504758060
CUNY New York City College of TechPublic1031820774905406157
CUNY Queens CollegePublic1076947375706106200
CUNY York CollegePublic515320354705105855
Daemen CollegePrivate1720274917300
Dominican College of BlauveltPrivate128021724904802322173
Dowling CollegePrivate1455187823799
D'Youville CollegePrivate161419795805602518421
Elmira CollegePrivate118860805705802722908
Farmingdale State CollegePublic60744153510540239219
Fashion Institute of TechnologyPublic7257459321
Fordham UniversityPrivate769476476706803035105
Hamilton CollegePrivate190590277307403320755
Hartwick CollegePrivate157954846206102725962
Hilbert CollegePrivate884318114778
Hobart William Smith CollegesPrivate2324744934302
Hofstra UniversityPrivate637850596306302830947
Houghton CollegePrivate102365916306052820920
Iona CollegePrivate311053925505602427474
Ithaca CollegePrivate6131696732769
Keuka CollegePrivate1514368825365
Le Moyne CollegePrivate240163625706002622987
LIU BrooklynPrivate41958875005402224082
LIU PostPrivate366122815205402325111
Manhattan CollegePrivate319560665806102726151
Manhattanville CollegePrivate1611547759059024334
Marist CollegePrivate4924703733526
Marymount Manhattan CollegePrivate159337755905602632931
Medaille CollegePrivate1585385448049013057
Mercy CollegePrivate5547235715622
Metropolitan College of New YorkPrivate851185518858
Molloy CollegePrivate269339735605802522464
Morrisville State CollegePublic266825595005302115432
Mount Saint Mary CollegePrivate174241865405502425403
Nazareth CollegePrivate1901596825997
New York Institute of TechnologyPrivate370425745506002422600
New York UniversityPrivate2136577267207403234268
Niagara UniversityPrivate271960665505702517586
Nyack CollegePrivate151524975355202218701
Pace University-New YorkPrivate711634775705702527466
Paul Smiths College of Arts and SciencePrivate96926755305302523636
Polytechnic Institute of New York UniPrivate203333756607403228986
Pratt Institute-MainPrivate320242566306402838868
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstitutePrivate542365417207683136043
Roberts Wesleyan CollegePrivate122553735905802520445
Rochester Institute of TechnologyPrivate1210628606406803127639
Saint John Fisher CollegePrivate273865635706002724002
Saint Joseph's College-New YorkPrivate359156755705802513476
Sarah Lawrence CollegePrivate1441626235207
Siena CollegePrivate300774686006202727932
Skidmore CollegePrivate264783356806703022529
St Bonaventure UniversityPrivate178054805806002722593
St Francis CollegePrivate2456276451052012721
St John's University-New YorkPrivate1090836535906202728503
St Lawrence UniversityPrivate2397774629654
St Thomas Aquinas CollegePrivate125936825205302021531
State University of New York at New PaltzPublic606068446106102713370
Stony Brook UniversityPublic1489263396507003013421
SUNY at AlbanyPublic1205564555806102613979
SUNY at BinghamtonPublic1255979436757103014914
SUNY at FredoniaPublic494563525705802615664
SUNY at Purchase CollegePublic384758336005802616080
SUNY College at BrockportPublic641164485705902613498
SUNY College at CortlandPublic628167475505802516029
SUNY College at GeneseoPublic538677466907002915917
SUNY College at Old WestburyPublic35583258530550227737
SUNY College at OswegoPublic695456495905902615558
SUNY College at PlattsburghPublic518658465505702414116
SUNY College at PotsdamPublic3596496813364
SUNY College of Agr and Tech at CobleskillPublic226740735405402214608
SUNY College of Env Sci and ForestryPublic164769516206402717491
SUNY College of Technology at AlfredPublic322247555706102613967
SUNY College of Technology at CantonPublic2938297812065
SUNY College of Technology at DelhiPublic2590435913406
SUNY Empire State CollegePublic4218138113244
SUNY Institute of Tech at Utica-RomePublic142545485505802612810
SUNY Maritime CollegePublic151744645706002615524
SUNY OneontaPublic567569515806002514667
Syracuse UniversityPrivate1442269496206502828917
The College of New RochellePrivate275516575205352531452
The College of Saint RosePrivate2664537823910
The New SchoolPrivate587850676356052842644
The Sage CollegesPrivate1446525717121
Touro CollegePrivate5139315914259
Trocaire CollegePrivate6759713943
Union CollegePrivate222582376807203134828
United States Merchant Marine AcademyPublic958742528
United States Military AcademyPublic459183969569030
United Talmudical SeminaryPrivate181405773
University at BuffaloPublic1809168576006602813581
University of RochesterPrivate583777367007503231499
Uta Mesivta of Kiryas JoelPrivate156105756
Utica CollegePrivate223030855205302322764
Vassar CollegePrivate243790247407303318484
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and TechPrivate1308487751957419534
Wagner CollegePrivate176553706306402727470
Wells CollegePrivate52456606005902620186
Yeshiva UniversityPrivate278260826806902926743


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