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New York plays host to big dreamers at top-notch schools

New York is clearly a popular tourist destination, with everything from financial monuments to Broadway shows to explore. Going to college in the Big Apple provides you with plenty of options. Just one of the college systems offer 11 senior colleges, 7 community colleges, an honors college, and 5 graduate and professional schools throughout New York City. There are also 2 federal service academies. African-American Studies and Biology are two popular majors in New York, as well as the obvious Arts and Design. New York students go on to work at prestigious places like ABC, Goldman Sachs, and Simon & Schuster after graduation. and the starving artist persona is just a myth. Head out of the city to cities like Albany, Ithica, and Poughkeepsie for lower-than-average unemployment rates and less traffic.

Of course, in your non-academic hours, there are endless things to do in the Empire State. Take in a live show, peruse a museum or pay your respects at the 9/11 memorial. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, visit the Brooklyn Bridge, or get active in the NYC Marathon. Find a friend to share a sandwich at Carnegie Deli, learn the public transportation system, and pick up a new accent. Wherever you choose to spend your downtime, there is always plenty to do in the state that never stops moving, shaking, and learning.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *www.highered.nysed.gov *Wikipedia, "List of colleges and universities in New York", "List of companies based in New York City" *www.nycgo.com
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Best Four Year Universities in New York

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York offers 576 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 13,804 students graduated with students earning 8,383 Master's degrees, 2,854 Bachelor's degrees, 1,410 Doctoral degrees, and 1,157 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
2 Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Cornell University offers 415 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 7,974 students graduated with students earning 4,470 Bachelor's degrees, 2,712 Master's degrees, and 792 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 100 Reviews
3 New York University New York, NY

New York University offers 670 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 17,300 students graduated with students earning 9,297 Master's degrees, 6,177 Bachelor's degrees, 1,539 Doctoral degrees, 233 Certificates degrees, and 54 Associate's degrees.

Based on 60 Reviews
4 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College offers 107 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 815 students graduated with students earning 814 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Master's degree.

Based on 24 Reviews
5 Colgate University Hamilton, NY

Colgate University offers 126 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,012 students graduated with students earning 1,005 Bachelor's degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Barnard College New York, NY

Barnard College offers 140 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 775 students graduated with students earning 775 Bachelor's degrees.

7 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers 161 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,889 students graduated with students earning 1,269 Bachelor's degrees, 439 Master's degrees, and 181 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
8 Fordham University Bronx, NY

Fordham University offers 215 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 5,439 students graduated with students earning 2,363 Bachelor's degrees, 2,343 Master's degrees, 546 Doctoral degrees, and 187 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
9 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College offers 85 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small suburb. In 2015, 771 students graduated with students earning 765 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Master's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
10 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University offers 466 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 7,352 students graduated with students earning 4,530 Bachelor's degrees, 2,074 Master's degrees, 374 Certificates degrees, 368 Doctoral degrees, and 6 Associate's degrees.

Based on 60 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in New York

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,152 students graduated with students earning 4,012 Associate's degrees, and 140 Certificates degrees.

2 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY

Rockland Community College offers 63 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,076 students graduated with students earning 1,042 Associate's degrees, and 34 Certificates degrees.

3 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY

Monroe Community College offers 120 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,813 students graduated with students earning 2,485 Associate's degrees, and 328 Certificates degrees.

4 Jamestown Community College Jamestown, NY

Jamestown Community College offers 46 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 862 students graduated with students earning 811 Associate's degrees, and 51 Certificates degrees.

5 Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY

Dutchess Community College offers 59 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,258 students graduated with students earning 1,151 Associate's degrees, and 107 Certificates degrees.

6 CUNY Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY

CUNY Kingsborough Community College offers 43 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 3,053 students graduated with students earning 3,048 Associate's degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

7 Belanger School of Nursing Schenectady, NY

Belanger School of Nursing offers 1 Degree program. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 51 students graduated with students earning 51 Associate's degrees.

8 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY

Niagara County Community College offers 97 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,221 students graduated with students earning 1,087 Associate's degrees, and 134 Certificates degrees.

9 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY

Genesee Community College offers 73 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 967 students graduated with students earning 886 Associate's degrees, and 81 Certificates degrees.

10 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY

Mohawk Valley Community College offers 81 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,491 students graduated with students earning 1,257 Associate's degrees, and 234 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Columbia University in the City of New York Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
5/5
7 : 1 28,086
Cornell University Cornell University Ithaca, NY
5/5
12 : 1 21,904
New York University New York University New York, NY
5/5
8 : 1 50,027
Vassar College Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
5/5
9 : 1 2,435
Colgate University Colgate University Hamilton, NY
5/5
10 : 1 2,861
Barnard College Barnard College New York, NY
5/5
10 : 1 2,548
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
5/5
16 : 1 6,982
Fordham University Fordham University Bronx, NY
5/5
16 : 1 15,286
Skidmore College Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
5/5
9 : 1 2,642
Syracuse University Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
5/5
18 : 1 21,789
SUNY at Binghamton SUNY at Binghamton Vestal, NY
3/5
23 : 1 16,913
University Logo Yeshiva University New York, NY
5/5
7 : 1 6,194
Hamilton College Hamilton College Clinton, NY
5/5
9 : 1 1,877
Stony Brook University Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
3/5
14 : 1 25,272
United States Military Academy United States Military Academy West Point, NY 21 : 1 4,348
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
5/5
10 : 1 972
University at Buffalo University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
3/5
17 : 1 29,796
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
5/5
15 : 1 16,639
Hofstra University Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
5/5
16 : 1 10,814
Clarkson University Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
5/5
17 : 1 3,910
State University of New York at New Paltz State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz, NY
2/5
17 : 1 7,751
St John's University-New York St John's University-New York Queens, NY
5/5
24 : 1 20,877
The New School The New School New York, NY
5/5
11 : 1 10,344
Siena College Siena College Loudonville, NY
5/5
13 : 1 3,176
SUNY College at Geneseo SUNY College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY
3/5
20 : 1 5,699

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