To identify the Best Colleges in New York for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in New York anywhere.

New York City, the Big Apple, is the most populous city in the United States. New York City hosts 594,000 university students, the highest number of any city in the United States, attending 81 colleges and universities.

The city is comprised of many notable and the most elite and exclusive private schools in the country, a global center for scientific research institutions in medicine, life sciences and biomedicine, and dozens of other smaller private colleges and universities, including many religious and special-purpose institutions, and several of the nation’s top schools of art and design.

Public post-secondary education is provided by the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s third-largest public university system, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Regional Information about New York

Regional Information About New York
Major Cities: Albany, Buffalo, New York City.
Attractions: 9/11 Memorial, Bronx Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Cost of Living: Best Places New York Cost of Living
Popular Schools: Columbia University, Cornell University, United States Military Academy at West Point.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in New York takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. Columbia University
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  2. Cornell University
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  3. United States Military Academy at West Point
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  4. Barnard College
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  5. Hamilton College
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  6. Colgate University
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  7. New York University
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  8. University of Rochester
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  9. Vassar College
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  10. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
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  11. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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  12. Yeshiva University
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  13. Skidmore College
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  14. Union College - New York
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  15. Syracuse University
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  16. SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
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  17. Binghamton University, SUNY
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  18. United States Merchant Marine Academy
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  19. University at Buffalo, SUNY
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  20. Rochester Institute of Technology
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