Best Value Colleges in New York

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1SUNY - Maritime College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$945,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
2SUNY - Maritime College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$908,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
3Columbia University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$706,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
4Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$701,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$42,800
5Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$660,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,200
6Cornell University - Ithaca, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
7Manhattan College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$615,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,300
8SUNY - Binghamton University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$604,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
9SUNY - Binghamton University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$565,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
10CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$536,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
11Hamilton College - Clinton, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$517,000
Total 4 Year Cost$234,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$14,800
12CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
13Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$496,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
14Stony Brook University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$457,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
15Hartwick College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$445,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,600

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

PayScale's College ROI Report can help you find the best value colleges in New York state.

The College ROI Report ranks New York schools by highest return on investment. This way, you can invest in your education just like Wall Street experts invest in the stock market. Students who attend colleges in the Empire State can enjoy proximity to the excitement of New York City and the beauty of Upstate New York regions, like the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands.

The best value college in New York isn't a school with a famous name. However, SUNY Maritime College, a public college located in Long Island, ranks third nationally and first in New York for its 20-year net ROI ($945,000 without financial aid; $967,000 with financial aid), and for its annualized ROI (13.2 percent without financial aid, 14.8 percent with financial aid). SUNY Maritime, which also topped our national rankings for median alumni salary in the 2016 College Salary Report, grants mostly engineering and business degrees, and requires all students to engage in experiential learning experiences by completing internships or serving with military groups like the Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. With that combination of experience and quality education, it's no wonder why SUNY Maritime provides such great value to alumni.

The second-highest 20-year net ROI belongs to a much more famous name. Columbia University is an Ivy League school attended by famous alumni like Madeleine Albright, Pat Buchanan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chelsea Clinton, Isaac Asimov, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Even if you don't go on to fame and fortune after graduation, you can expect a 20-year net ROI upwards of $700,000 - at least that's what the typical Columbia graduate reports.

Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- or RPI, as it's more commonly known -- is ranked 30th nationally when it comes to 20-year net ROI. Made up of six schools, RPI offers more than 140 degree programs across more than 60 fields. The average cost of a RPI education is $243,000, and the 20 Year Net ROI is $701,000 without financial aid. The school, whose 265-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River, is best known for its programs in the technical arts and applied sciences and has produced many accomplished alumni through the years.

Other New York colleges that provide notably high value to students are Clarkson University in Potsdam, Cornell University in Ithaca, Manhattan College, and the SUNY campus at Binghamton.