Best New York Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in New York for 2021

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. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology 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 Cornell University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Hamilton College and Colgate University. The highest ranked college in New York is Cornell University and the top rated public state college is University at Buffalo.

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


252 results

List of the Best New York Colleges

Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY
Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in New York

  • 23,600enrollment
  • $28,921net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1560SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
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

#2 Best Colleges in New York

  • 31,077enrollment
  • $21,828net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $29,117net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1520SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87*Avg GPA
Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,969enrollment
  • $23,503net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,562enrollment
  • $26,649net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in New York

  • 51,847enrollment
  • $37,739net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,456enrollment
  • $24,811net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,613enrollment
  • $23,589net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in New York

  • 11,817enrollment
  • $32,939net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Yeshiva University
Y
New York, NY
Yeshiva University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in New York

  • 6,479enrollment
  • $33,953net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1390SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA
Union College
U
Schenectady, NY
Union College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,197enrollment
  • $39,527net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
R
Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in New York

  • 7,895enrollment
  • $41,006net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1490SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
Sarah Lawrence College
S
Bronxville, NY
Sarah Lawrence College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,709enrollment
  • $40,630net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1422SAT range
  • 28-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University at Buffalo
U
Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in New York

  • 31,503enrollment
  • $17,264net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1340SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
Stony Brook University
S
Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in New York

  • 26,256enrollment
  • $15,605net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
SUNY at Binghamton
B
Vestal, NY
SUNY at Binghamton

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in New York

  • 17,768enrollment
  • $17,424net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1440SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Fordham University
F
Bronx, NY
Fordham University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in New York

  • 16,515enrollment
  • $39,558net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
A
Albany, NY
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,331enrollment
  • $30,358net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA