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The Best Colleges in New York Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in New York as ranked by CollegeSimply. This New York ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in New York is Columbia University in the City of New York.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in New York
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Columbia University in the City of New York 12 7 24
2 Cornell University 22 26 25
3 Barnard College 45 34 33
4 Colgate University 46 80 34
5 Vassar College 48 64 45
6 Hamilton College 38 63 60
7 New York University 54 81 82
8 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 29 25 203
9 University of Rochester 55 114 111
10 Skidmore College 120 69 103
11 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 47 204 102
12 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 83 357 7
13 SUNY at Binghamton 84 163 191
14 Fordham University 107 238 173
15 St Lawrence University 162 268 147
16 Syracuse University 184 249 148
17 Stony Brook University 110 187 369
18 Sarah Lawrence College 109 358 297
19 Yeshiva University 96 601 104
20 Rochester Institute of Technology 139 451 443
21 State University of New York at New Paltz 381 215 318
22 Hobart William Smith Colleges 218 642 217
23 New York School of Interior Design 890 105 83
24 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 279 335 396
25 Clarkson University 217 703 260
26 University at Buffalo 380 452 276
27 Pratt Institute Main 307 450 499
28 SUNY at Geneseo 280 886 133
29 The King's College 289 181 846
30 Polytechnic Institute of New York University 108 730 728
31 The New School 252 577 520
32 Hofstra University 251 643 605
33 Le Moyne College 426 644 261
34 SUNY at Albany 379 390 444
35 SUNY College at Oswego 481 391 640
36 Saint John Fisher College 480 670 244
37 SUNY College at Cortland 604 269 370
38 Manhattan College 429 991 262
39 St John's University New York 430 761 608
40 Roberts Wesleyan College 479 787 419
41 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 351 1,102 337
42 Canisius College 378 1,073 367
43 Adelphi University 424 915 395
44 SUNY College at Brockport 694 359 397
45 SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome 308 579 976
46 Houghton College 235 1,402 338
47 SUNY College at Oneonta 649 517 371
48 Alfred University 559 597 548
49 Saint Bonaventure University 522 850 474
50 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 183 88 472

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.