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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76SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$220,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
77William Smith College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$216,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,000
78SUNY - College at Oneonta(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
79St. Thomas Aquinas College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$208,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
80 (tie)Alfred University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$207,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
80 (tie)St. Francis College - Brooklyn Heights, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$207,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
82Keuka College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$189,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,600
83Mercy College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
84SUNY - Purchase College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$186,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
85Nyack College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$185,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,900
86SUNY - New Paltz(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$182,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,100
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
87 (tie)SUNY - College at Oswego(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
87 (tie)Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
89Le Moyne College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$180,000
Total 4 Year Cost$182,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,600
90Roberts Wesleyan College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$177,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600

*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.

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.