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.  Read More

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31Hofstra University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$396,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,400
32University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$381,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,100
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
33University at Buffalo (UB)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$378,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,100
34CUNY - City College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$377,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
35Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$11,800
36Fordham University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
37CUNY - Queens College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
38University of Rochester(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$359,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
39Iona College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$357,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
40CUNY - City College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
41Syracuse University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$342,000
Total 4 Year Cost$234,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,900
42SUNY - Institute of Technology (SUNYIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$341,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,900
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
43CUNY - Queens College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
44University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
45Hunter College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$334,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,900
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800

*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.

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.