Best New York Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in New York for 2022

There are 252 colleges and universities in New York enrolling 1,147,385 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 Barnard College. The highest ranked college in New York is Cornell University and the top rated public state college is SUNY at Binghamton.

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

Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY
Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in New York

  • 23,620enrollment
  • $27,522net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA
Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY
Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in New York

  • 30,135enrollment
  • $22,126net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA
Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,902enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1510SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA
Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,744enrollment
  • $30,572net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1518SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA
Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in New York

  • 3,054enrollment
  • $25,935net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in New York

  • 52,775enrollment
  • $45,417net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,435enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA
Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,582enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1403SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA
University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in New York

  • 11,741enrollment
  • $36,254net price
  • 35%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Yeshiva University
Y
New York, NY
Yeshiva University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in New York

  • 5,524enrollment
  • $35,603net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1410SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA
Union College
U
Schenectady, NY
Union College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,047enrollment
  • $37,630net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1400SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Fordham University
F
Bronx, NY
Fordham University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in New York

  • 16,364enrollment
  • $41,569net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
A
Albany, NY
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,118enrollment
  • $30,891net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1300SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Sarah Lawrence College
S
Bronxville, NY
Sarah Lawrence College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $41,396net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
St Lawrence University
S
Canton, NY
St Lawrence University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in New York

  • 2,319enrollment
  • $31,578net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA
SUNY at Binghamton
B
Vestal, NY
SUNY at Binghamton

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in New York

  • 18,148enrollment
  • $19,061net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1450SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Stony Brook University
S
Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in New York

  • 26,782enrollment
  • $16,478net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Hobart William Smith Colleges
H
Geneva, NY
Hobart William Smith Colleges

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in New York

  • 1,833enrollment
  • $38,247net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1340SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA