Best New York Colleges

Ranked list of Colleges and Universities in New York for 2024

There are 252 colleges and universities in New York enrolling 1,115,201 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

Hobart William Smith Colleges
H
Geneva, NY

Hobart William Smith Colleges

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,684enrollment
  • $38,247net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1370SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

St Lawrence University
S
Canton, NY

St Lawrence University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,279enrollment
  • $31,578net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Syracuse University
S
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#21 Best Colleges in New York

  • 21,772enrollment
  • $47,177net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
O
Syracuse, NY

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#22 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,012enrollment
  • $22,133net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1300SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

The New School
N
New York, NY

The New School

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#23 Best Colleges in New York

  • 10,493enrollment
  • $50,908net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.59Estimated Avg GPA

Rochester Institute of Technology
R
Rochester, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in New York

  • 16,790enrollment
  • $36,514net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Saint John Fisher College
S
Rochester, NY
 

Saint John Fisher College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#25 Best Colleges in New York

  • 3,539enrollment
  • $29,722net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1270SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Clarkson University
C
Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#26 Best Colleges in New York

  • 3,953enrollment
  • $30,308net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1380SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Hofstra University
H
Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#27 Best Colleges in New York

  • 10,243enrollment
  • $34,011net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1370SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Molloy College
M
Rockville Centre, NY
 

Molloy College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#28 Best Colleges in New York

  • 4,910enrollment
  • $27,454net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Pratt Institute Main
P
Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute Main

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#29 Best Colleges in New York

  • 5,370enrollment
  • $47,516net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Adelphi University
A
Garden City, NY

Adelphi University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#30 Best Colleges in New York

  • 7,520enrollment
  • $29,821net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Marist College
M
Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#31 Best Colleges in New York

  • 6,396enrollment
  • $38,797net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1196-1360SAT range
  • 26-29ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
B
New York, NY

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#32 Best Colleges in New York

  • 19,969enrollment
  • $3,897net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1360SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

New York Institute of Technology
N
Old Westbury, NY

New York Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#33 Best Colleges in New York

  • 6,696enrollment
  • $21,912net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

State University of New York at New Paltz
S
New Paltz, NY

State University of New York at New Paltz

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#34 Best Colleges in New York

  • 7,075enrollment
  • $16,079net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1318SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

SUNY at Geneseo
G
Geneseo, NY

SUNY at Geneseo

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#35 Best Colleges in New York

  • 4,535enrollment
  • $18,684net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome
S
Utica, NY

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#36 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,850enrollment
  • $14,586net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1400SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1