Top New York Colleges and Universities

About this article
New York is located in the Northeast and is sometimes also referred to as being part of the Mid-Atlantic region. The state is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
View available schools

Top Five Schools in New York

Columbia University

Columbia University was founded in 1754 by King George II of England, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York. The university is located in uptown Manhattan and is currently ranked number nine by US News and World Report. Columbia has an undergraduate population of 7,318, as well as a very large graduate student population. Students have the opportunity to not only take advantage of the world-renown engineering, law, architecture and medical programs, but also to experience all the cultural and business events that take place in the New York City area.

Cornell University

Since 1865, Cornell University has been a cornerstone of education in New York State around the world. The university is located in Ithaca, NY, a small upstate community in the Fingerlakes Region. Its 13,562 undergraduate students study a wide variety of majors; some of the more distinguished departments include engineering and veterinary medicine. Cornell is unique among other Ivy League institutions in that it houses both public and private colleges. US News and World Report ranks Cornell #12 on its list of America's Best Colleges.

New York University

In the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village lies New York City University. Founded in 1831, NYU is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 20,965 and is ranked #34 on US News and World Report's list of America's Best Colleges. Since it is right in the middle of New York City's cultural and arts district, the university is well known for its Institute of Art and the excellent Tisch School of the Arts. NYU also has one of the oldest law schools in the nation.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester began in 1850 in teh city of Rochester, New York. Rochester is found in upstate New York and is the ideal setting for this top research institution. US News and World Report ranks University of Rochester #35 on its list of America's Best Colleges. With 4,608 undergraduate students, the University of Rochester is a small, intimate university that also is a well-respected for research in the state of New York. The School of Engineering is one of the largest colleges on campus; and because the university sits in Rochester, engineering students enjoy many nearby internship opportunities at local technological companies.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a very well-respected technical institution in Troy, New York. The university currently has 5,192 undergraduate students on campus; and most all of these students are studying some variation of computer science. Besides being a mecca for the study of general computer science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is also very advanced in the study of robotics. The university is very selective in its entering class and only accepts the most qualified students whose primary interests are computer technology. It is ranked #44 by US News and World Report.

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. College of Westchester

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Accounting - Bachelor's
      • Business Administration - Bachelor's
      • Healthcare Services Administration
      • Healthcare Services Administration - Bachelor's
      • Information Technology - Bachelor's
      • Interactive Digital Media and Marketing - Bachelor's
    Associate's
      • Accounting - Associate
      • Business Administration-Management/Marketing - Associate
      • Medical Assistant Management - Associate
      • Computer Network Administration - Associate
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Specialist - Certificate
      • Health Information Specialist Certificate
      • Medical Assistant Specialist - Certificate
      • Computer Networking Specialist - Certificate
      • Digital Media Specialist - Certificate
      • Intensive Accounting/Computer Applications - Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Fordham University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Social Work
  • Campus Locations:
    3. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant
      • Automotive Technology
      • Computer & Network Support Technician
      • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
      • Electrical/Electronics
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Computer Science
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • BS - Finance
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Information Technology Bachelors (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing Bachelors (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Education Specialist in Teaching and Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (ITL)
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (NITL)
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM (ITL)
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor: Business Admin
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Master's
      • MBA - Finance
      • MBA - General
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • MBA - Human Resource Management
      • MBA - Marketing
      • MBA - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Psychology
      • BS - Business Administration
      • BS - Criminal Justice Admin.
      • BS - Criminal Justice Admin./Arson Investigation
      • BS - Human Resource Management
      • BS - Organizational Leadership
    Associate's
      • AS - Business
      • AS - Criminal Justice
      • AA - General Studies
      • AS - Health Information Science
      • AS - Health Information Science Med. Coding Emph
      • AS - Fire Science
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Finance
      • Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Graduate Certificate - Marketing
      • Graduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Certificate - Public Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Central Christian College of Kansas

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts
      • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DME: Doctor of Music Education
      • LLM: International Legal Studies
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Grades Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Education
    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MA: Medical Sciences: Biopsychology
      • MA: Music Education: Music Studies
      • MA: Strategic Communication
      • MBA: American Legal Studies
      • MBA: General (36-hour)
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology
      • BS: Criminal Justice
      • BS: English and Writing: Journalism
      • BS: Strategic Communication
      • BS: Strategic Communication: Social Media Management
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Business
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Education (Non-Licensure)
      • AA: Psychology
      • AAS: Medical Office Assistant
      • AA: Accounting

Featured Schools

College of Westchester

  • Accounting - Bachelor's
  • Accounting - Associate
  • Medical Office Specialist - Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?

Fordham University

  • Masters in Social Work

What is your highest level of education completed?

Lincoln Tech

  • Medical Assistant
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer & Network Support Technician

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • BS - Computer Science
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Columbia Southern University

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • MBA - Finance
  • BS - Psychology
  • AS - Business
  • Graduate Certificate - Finance

What is your highest level of education completed?