Best colleges in New York

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March 23, 2022

Best colleges in New York

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a person will make for their education, impacting everything from future earnings and employment to potential student loan debt and social circles.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there are myriad other considerations to take into account: location, size, diversity, areas of focus, study abroad opportunities—the list goes on. While best college lists are often topped with the same handful of expensive Ivy League schools, the U.S. is home to more than 4,000 degree-granting schools spread out across all 50 states and several territories, with amazing education offerings for students of every age.

Stacker compiled a list of the best colleges in New York using rankings from Niche. Keep reading to see the best schools in your state.

#10. Vassar College (Poughkeepsie)
- Acceptance rate: 24% (1370-1520 SAT)
- Net Price: $24,811

#9. University of Rochester (Rochester)
- Acceptance rate: 30% (1310-1500 SAT)
- Net Price: $32,939

#8. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York)
- Acceptance rate: 15% (1300-1530 SAT)
- Net Price: $28,366

#7. Colgate University (Hamilton)
- Acceptance rate: 23% (1330-1500 SAT)
- Net Price: $23,503

#6. New York University (New York)
- Acceptance rate: 16% (1350-1530 SAT)
- Net Price: $37,739

#5. Hamilton College (Clinton)
- Acceptance rate: 16% (1370-1520 SAT)
- Net Price: $29,117

#4. Barnard College (New York)
- Acceptance rate: 12% (1340-1520 SAT)
- Net Price: $26,649

#3. United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point)
- Acceptance rate: 12% (1160-1380 SAT)
- Net Price: —

#2. Cornell University (Ithaca)
- Acceptance rate: 11% (1400-1560 SAT)
- Net Price: $28,921

#1. Columbia University (New York)
- Acceptance rate: 5% (1440-1570 SAT)
- Net Price: $21,828

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