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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RankSchool Name20 Year Net ROI
Total 4 Year Cost
Graduation Rate
Typical Years to Graduate
Average Loan Amount
Rank:1School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$1,312,000Total 4 Year Cost:$20,000Graduation Rate:81%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$16,700
Rank:2School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$1,267,000Total 4 Year Cost:$0Graduation Rate:84%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:-
Rank:3School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$1,190,000Total 4 Year Cost:$108,000Graduation Rate:74%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$29,000
Rank:4School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$1,026,000Total 4 Year Cost:$205,000Graduation Rate:68%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$48,600
Rank:5School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$1,022,000Total 4 Year Cost:$294,000Graduation Rate:77%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$25,200
Rank:6School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$897,000Total 4 Year Cost:$270,000Graduation Rate:83%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$23,700
Rank:7School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$883,000Total 4 Year Cost:$317,000Graduation Rate:97%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$53,400
Rank:8School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$849,000Total 4 Year Cost:$299,000Graduation Rate:84%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$38,800
Rank:9School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$823,000Total 4 Year Cost:$309,000Graduation Rate:94%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$34,300
Rank:10School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$768,000Total 4 Year Cost:$305,000Graduation Rate:90%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$50,200

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.