Best Value Colleges in New York

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105 (tie)SUNY - College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$109,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,300
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
107St. John Fisher College - Rochester, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$97,500
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,100
108College of New Rochelle(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$97,100
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
109SUNY - College at Buffalo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$96,200
Total 4 Year Cost$88,200
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
110Culinary Institute of America (CIA) - Hyde Park, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$94,600
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$41,100
111SUNY - Fredonia(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$91,700
Total 4 Year Cost$88,600
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
112Bard College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$77,400
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
113 (tie)SUNY - College at Cortland(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$71,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
113 (tie)SUNY - College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$71,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
115Medaille College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$67,700
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
116The Sage Colleges(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$62,700
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
117SUNY - College at Buffalo(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$58,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
118Houghton College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$53,900
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,100
119SUNY - Fredonia(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$53,500
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
120Sarah Lawrence College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$53,000
Total 4 Year Cost$260,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$18,000

*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.