Best New York Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in New York for 2020

There are 252 colleges and universities in New York enrolling 1,202,611 students. Explore the list of top colleges in New York below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Ranking methodology is outlined on the data discussion page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in New York offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

New York is home to nationally ranked institutions like Columbia University in the City of New York, Cornell University, Barnard College and Colgate University. The highest ranked college in New York is Columbia University in the City of New York and the top rated public state college is United States Military Academy.

Local college options can be explored in New York, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers or other cities.

252 results found

List of the Best New York Colleges

Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY
Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in New York

  • 31,077enrollment
  • $22,824net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
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Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY
Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in New York

  • 23,600enrollment
  • $31,449net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,562enrollment
  • $23,736net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,969enrollment
  • $22,182net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
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Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $22,139net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87*Avg GPA
New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in New York

  • 51,847enrollment
  • $36,256net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1510SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,456enrollment
  • $23,763net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1510SAT range
  • 31-33ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
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University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in New York

  • 11,817enrollment
  • $37,064net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
C
New York, NY
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in New York

  • 952enrollment
  • $28,494net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
J
New York, NY
Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in New York

  • 336enrollment
  • $49,210net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA
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United States Military Academy
A
West Point, New York
United States Military Academy

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in New York

  • 4,589enrollment
  • -net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.6*Avg GPA
Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,613enrollment
  • $25,254net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
R
Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in New York

  • 7,895enrollment
  • $37,648net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
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SUNY at Binghamton
B
Vestal, NY
SUNY at Binghamton

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in New York

  • 17,768enrollment
  • $16,775net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Fordham University
F
Bronx, NY
Fordham University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in New York

  • 16,515enrollment
  • $38,503net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
St Lawrence University
S
Canton, NY
St Lawrence University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,522enrollment
  • $34,174net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1360SAT range
  • 27-30ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA
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Syracuse University
S
Syracuse, NY
Syracuse University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in New York

  • 22,803enrollment
  • $35,306net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1370SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Stony Brook University
S
Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in New York

  • 26,256enrollment
  • $14,330net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1420SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA