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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61Dowling College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
62SUNY - Geneseo(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
63SUNY - College of Technology at Alfred(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
64SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,600
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
65Pratt Institute(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$239,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,300
66 (tie)College of Mount Saint Vincent(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$239,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,100
66 (tie)Concordia College - Bronxville, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$239,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
68 (tie)Barnard College - Columbia University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$238,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,700
68 (tie)Manhattanville College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$238,000
Total 4 Year Cost$210,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
70The New School(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
Total 4 Year Cost$246,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,000
71Ithaca College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$225,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
72Hartwick College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$227,000
Total 4 Year Cost$206,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,600
73Siena College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$226,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
74 (tie)SUNY - Purchase College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$224,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,700
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
74 (tie)Skidmore College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$224,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000

*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.