Best Univerisites in New York by Salary Potential

New York is home to prestigious universities that also come with big price tags. Are they worth it? Find the state's best colleges by alumni salary. [Read More]

Some of the most popular colleges in New York are New York University; Columbia University; The City College of the City University of New York; State University of New York - University at Buffalo; and Cornell University. New York has colleges in just about every imaginable category, ranging from urban to rural, big to small, liberal to conservative, artsy to engineering and more. PayScale can help you find out the best universities in New York by earning potential so that you can get a college degree that will set you up for a successful career.

New York State is home to some pretty famous schools like Columbia, NYU and Cornell. But the highest earning graduates often come from a school you've probably never heard of: SUNY Maritime, a small public college in the Bronx. SUNY Maritime produces some of the highest paid graduates in the nation -- they even beat long-time earnings champion Harvey Mudd College. They focus on two types of degrees -- engineering and business -- and that seems to be the perfect formula for earning power.

The United States Military Academy at West Point often produces the alumni who earn the highest early career salaries. Keep in mind though that this is after graduates have usually completed military service, usually as officers, so it makes sense that they can command such high salaries so early. USMA West Point graduates are much more experienced overall than typical college graduates.

Colgate University, a small private liberal arts college, comes in high overall for the highest paid graduates with 10 or more years of experience. Colgate grads only earn a relatively small salary in the first five years out of college, but once they have amassed more experience, their salary skyrockets. That's a perfect illustration of the long-term salary growth we see with quality liberal arts and humanities majors.

Columbia University has the best faculty-to-student ratio statewide (1:6) while on the opposite end of the spectrum is Berkeley College which averages one faculty member per 24 students. Alumni from Excelsior College are among the most likely to say their jobs have a positive impact on the world. At the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, only a small percent of grads would say they have high job meaning.

Many famous alums received their undergraduate education in the Big Apple, including Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Woody Allen, Ann Coulter, Jane Lynch, and Kurt Vonnegut.

* Data represents those in the civilian labor force, not active service members.
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