Overview of New York Colleges & Schools

The state of New York is home to a very large number of public and private universities, including some of the oldest in the United States. The state of New York, located in the north eastern United States, runs adjacent to several states, and is a short train or car ride from a bevy of urban centers, historic locations, and pastoral locations. The state of New York is also home to New York City, the largest city in terms of population and the center of various industries.

Public schools in the state of New York are part of one of two systems. The State University of New York (SUNY) system operates all public institutions of higher learning, including community colleges, outside of New York City. The school system is the largest comprehensive higher education system in the United States, with over 450,000 students, over one million adult education students, and employing nearly 90,000 faculty members.

Some notable SUNY schools:

Public Colleges operating within New York City belong to the City University of New York (CUNY) system and is the largest urban university in the United States. CUNY is the third largest university system in the United States, after SUNY and the California State University System CUNY operates 11 colleges, 6 community colleges, and sex graduate degree offering institutions. CUNY schools are located throughout New York City and offer a comprehensive catalogue of programs and degrees.

Notable CUNY schools:

New York State is also host to a large number of private schools, including two Ivy League institutions. Private institutions in New York can offer a variety of educational opportunities that may be unavailable at public institutions. Private colleges also tend to have more notoriety than public colleges in the state of New York, though many of these schools can be costly without financial aid. Private schools in New York may have varying methods for imparting knowledge, have a more narrow focus on curriculum, may offer a comprehensive liberal arts education or may specialize in a particular area of expertise.

Some notable private colleges and universities:

Additionally, New York is home to a large number of private vocational and technical schools offering short term schooling in order to receive a diploma, certification or degree and enter the workforce immediately. New York also hosts two federally funded and operated institutions:

The most populous city in New York is New York City, followed by Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers.  While the most populous county in New York is Kings County with Queens County close behind.   If you are interested in visiting the state of New York, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of New-york

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree
Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Postsecondary nondegree award
Some college, no degree
High school diploma or equivalent
No formal educational credential

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are thirty-nine public 4-year state universities and colleges in New York. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in New York.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In New York there are 118 accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in New York.

Community Colleges

Community College in New York

Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. New York" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in New York.

Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges

New York has fifteen accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in New York.

Bible & Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges

Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately thirty-three such colleges in New York located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in New York along with program and tuition information.

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