2022 best colleges in New York best-colleges

New York's excellent City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) public college and university network are a blessing to New York residents, offering high quality, very affordable education to state residents. City College of New York specifically, known as the "Harvard of the proletariat", is one of the top schools in the country according to our value scoring.  New York also has a number of prestigious private unis, most centered in New York city, allowing students from accross the country and globe the unique opportunity for first-rate educational opportunity in the city that never sleeps.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in New York

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 41%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $3,562

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $67,136

Vs. state average: + $11,446

Economic score: 0.31

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#2 in New York

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, New York

Admission rate: 48%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $1,814

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $51,661

Vs. state average: - $4,029

Economic score: 0.35

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#3 in New York

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York

Admission rate: 25%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $6,433

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $83,209

Vs. state average: + $27,519

Economic score: 0.37

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#4 in New York

CUNY City College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 51%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $2,385

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $55,741

Vs. state average: + $51

Economic score: 0.37

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#5 in New York

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 41%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $2,490

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $55,713

Vs. state average: + $23

Economic score: 0.38

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#6 in New York

CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York

Admission rate: 50%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $2,683

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $54,322

Vs. state average: - $1,368

Economic score: 0.44

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#7 in New York

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, New York

Admission rate: 38%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $2,532

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $50,491

Vs. state average: - $5,199

Economic score: 0.49

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#8 in New York

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York

Admission rate: 54%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $3,067

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $54,742

Vs. state average: - $948

Economic score: 0.51

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#9 in New York

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albany, New York

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 76%

Net cost: $29,116

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $119,112

Vs. state average: + $63,422

Economic score: 0.73

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#10 in New York

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, New York

Admission rate: 7%

Grad rate: 93%

Net cost: $23,306

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $89,871

Vs. state average: + $34,181

Economic score: 0.91

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#11 in New York

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, New York

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $8,638

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $61,646

Vs. state average: + $5,956

Economic score: 0.98

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#12 in New York

SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, New York

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $20,616

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $84,443

Vs. state average: + $28,753

Economic score: 1.01

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#13 in New York

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

Admission rate: 44%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $19,353

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $72,980

Vs. state average: + $17,290

Economic score: 1.25

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#14 in New York

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Admission rate: 49%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $15,160

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $66,678

Vs. state average: + $10,988

Economic score: 1.26

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#15 in New York

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 87%

Net cost: $35,464

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $93,416

Vs. state average: + $37,726

Economic score: 1.28

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#16 in New York

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, New York

Admission rate: 18%

Grad rate: 87%

Net cost: $14,118

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $64,160

Vs. state average: + $8,470

Economic score: 1.29

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#17 in New York

Manhattan College

Riverdale, New York

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 74%

Net cost: $28,153

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $83,117

Vs. state average: + $27,427

Economic score: 1.37

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#18 in New York

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $29,015

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $81,358

Vs. state average: + $25,668

Economic score: 1.45

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#19 in New York

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Admission rate: 11%

Grad rate: 95%

Net cost: $40,126

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $91,176

Vs. state average: + $35,486

Economic score: 1.49

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#20 in New York

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Admission rate: 19%

Grad rate: 93%

Net cost: $25,440

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $74,340

Vs. state average: + $18,650

Economic score: 1.54

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