Best Value Colleges in New York

New York is home to a wide variety of colleges, from public to private, large to small, urban to rural and with degrees of all kind. PayScale’s College ROI Report can help you find the best value colleges in New York state.

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Rank 
School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
119.0%N/A22.6%N/A$1,094,000N/A$1,110,000N/A$34,900N/A76%4$20,0008%
1United States Merchant Marine Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROI19.0%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI22.6%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,094,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,110,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$34,900
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$20,000
Grant Money Received8%
2N/AN/AN/AN/A$1,041,000N/A$1,041,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
2United States Military Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,041,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,041,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
313.0%13.0%15.0%15.0%$1,003,000$1,003,000$1,030,000$1,030,000$95,300$95,30057%5$29,60022%
3SUNY Maritime College(In-State)
Annual ROI13.0%
Annual ROI13.0%
Annual ROI15.0%
Annual ROI15.0%
20 Year Net ROI$1,003,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,003,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,030,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,030,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,300
Total 4 Year Cost$95,300
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received22%
411.1%11.1%12.4%12.4%$964,000$964,000$992,000$992,000$134,000$134,00057%5$29,60022%
4SUNY Maritime College(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI11.1%
Annual ROI11.1%
Annual ROI12.4%
Annual ROI12.4%
20 Year Net ROI$964,000
20 Year Net ROI$964,000
20 Year Net ROI$992,000
20 Year Net ROI$992,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received22%
59.3%9.0%11.5%11.1%$870,000$862,000$928,000$921,000$178,000$186,00071%6$54,50025%
5Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences(Private)
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI11.5%
Annual ROI11.1%
20 Year Net ROI$870,000
20 Year Net ROI$862,000
20 Year Net ROI$928,000
20 Year Net ROI$921,000
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$54,500
Grant Money Received25%
67.3%N/A14.4%N/A$801,000N/A$987,000N/A$257,000N/A83%4$18,0004%
6Webb Institute(Private)
Annual ROI7.3%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI14.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$801,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$987,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$18,000
Grant Money Received4%
76.8%N/A9.9%N/A$703,000N/A$818,000N/A$260,000N/A83%4$40,40017%
7Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute(Private)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI9.9%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$703,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$818,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$260,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$40,400
Grant Money Received17%
86.3%5.9%12.5%11.2%$653,000$630,000$837,000$815,000$272,000$294,00094%4$35,90017%
8Columbia University in the City of New York(Private)
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI12.5%
Annual ROI11.2%
20 Year Net ROI$653,000
20 Year Net ROI$630,000
20 Year Net ROI$837,000
20 Year Net ROI$815,000
Total 4 Year Cost$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$294,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,900
Grant Money Received17%
96.5%6.5%10.8%10.8%$646,000$646,000$788,000$788,000$258,000$258,00094%4$32,10015%
9Cornell University(Private)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI10.8%
Annual ROI10.8%
20 Year Net ROI$646,000
20 Year Net ROI$646,000
20 Year Net ROI$788,000
20 Year Net ROI$788,000
Total 4 Year Cost$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$258,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,100
Grant Money Received15%
106.6%6.6%9.3%9.3%$632,000$632,000$732,000$731,000$247,000$247,00087%4$33,30025%
10Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art(Private)
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI9.3%
20 Year Net ROI$632,000
20 Year Net ROI$632,000
20 Year Net ROI$732,000
20 Year Net ROI$731,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,300
Grant Money Received25%
116.6%6.9%10.4%11.2%$626,000$642,000$749,000$765,000$244,000$228,00071%4$38,70022%
11Clarkson University(Private)
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI11.2%
20 Year Net ROI$626,000
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
20 Year Net ROI$749,000
20 Year Net ROI$765,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$38,700
Grant Money Received22%
126.6%N/A10.0%N/A$597,000N/A$703,000N/A$228,000N/A82%4$28,10016%
12Yeshiva University(Private)
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$597,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$703,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,100
Grant Money Received16%
136.7%6.7%9.1%9.1%$591,000$591,000$670,000$670,000$221,000$221,00071%4$31,70041%
13Manhattan College(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$31,700
Grant Money Received41%
1410.4%11.3%12.6%14.2%$590,000$605,000$622,000$637,000$95,600$80,10083%4$29,60025%
14SUNY at Binghamton(In-State)
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI11.3%
Annual ROI12.6%
Annual ROI14.2%
20 Year Net ROI$590,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
20 Year Net ROI$622,000
20 Year Net ROI$637,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,600
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received25%
158.0%8.7%9.4%10.2%$540,000$555,000$571,000$587,000$146,000$130,00083%4$29,60025%
15SUNY at Binghamton(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI10.2%
20 Year Net ROI$540,000
20 Year Net ROI$555,000
20 Year Net ROI$571,000
20 Year Net ROI$587,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,600
Grant Money Received25%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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.

SUNY Maritime College, a public college located in Long Island, 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.

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 solid 20-year net ROI.

Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — or RPI, as it’s more commonly known — is made up of six schools, and offers more than 140 degree programs across more than 60 fields. 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.


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