Best Value Colleges in New York

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121The College of Saint Rose(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$50,700
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
122SUNY - College at Potsdam(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$49,600
Total 4 Year Cost$86,300
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
123Elmira College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$42,100
Total 4 Year Cost$206,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,900
124Niagara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$38,300
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,100
125SUNY - College at Potsdam(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$11,400
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
126Wells College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$9,500
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
127Nazareth College of Rochester(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$1,600
Total 4 Year Cost$179,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,000
128Hilbert College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($9,700)
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
129Cazenovia College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($94,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$177,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,500
-CUNY - Brooklyn College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,600
-CUNY - Brooklyn College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,600
-CUNY - College of Staten Island(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
-CUNY - College of Staten Island(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
-CUNY - John Jay College Criminal Justice(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
-CUNY - John Jay College Criminal Justice(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000

*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.