2022 Top Public Colleges and Universities in New York

Public colleges and universities are often the most affordable option for students pursuing higher education, but it’s not just affordability that makes these institutions attractive. Public colleges and universities also rank highly among the best institutions in many states, New York included.

Public colleges and universities receive state and federal funding. Although they generally have larger class sizes than private institutions, they also tend to offer a wide variety of academic programs, diverse student bodies, and prestigious research opportunities.

2022 Best Public Colleges and Universities in New York

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    #1

    United States Merchant Marine Academy

    Kings Point, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    1,025

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $1050

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $1050

    From its campus in Kings Point, New York, United States Merchant Marine Academy enrolls students in programs as a public institution. Students leave the school with credentials that prepare them for the workplace. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. United States Merchant Marine Academy holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #2

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    8,726

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6110

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16490

    Fashion Institute of Technology, which operates a campus in New York, New York, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Fashion Institute of Technology has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    18,679

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7462

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15412

    Located in New York, CUNY Bernard M Baruch College offers 89 academic programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 70%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #4

    CUNY Hunter College

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    57%

    Enrollment

    23,193

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7382

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15332

    CUNY Hunter College, located in New York, New York, enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. CUNY Hunter College has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    Cayuga Onondaga BOCES-Practical Nursing Program

    Auburn, NY

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    40

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11515

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11515

    From its campus in Auburn, New York, Cayuga Onondaga BOCES-Practical Nursing Program enrolls students as a public institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 100%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school holds accreditation from the New York State Board of Regents State Education Department Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education Practical Nursing).

    #6

    Binghamton University

    Vestal, NY

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    18,124

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10201

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27791

    A public institution in Vestal, New York, Binghamton University offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Learners study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports a graduation rate of 82%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Binghamton University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #7

    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    15,880

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7470

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15420

    A public institution, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice enrolls students on its campus in New York, New York. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #8

    Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook, NY

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    26,814

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10175

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27845

    A public institution, Stony Brook University grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Stony Brook, New York. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports a 76% graduation rate. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Stony Brook University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #9

    CUNY Lehman College

    Bronx, NY

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    15,143

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7410

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15360

    Located in Bronx, New York, CUNY Lehman College attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. CUNY Lehman College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #10

    CUNY City College

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    15,816

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7340

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15290

    Located in New York, CUNY City College offers 217 programs for students. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The public school reports a 56% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #11

    CUNY Queens College

    Queens, NY

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    19,923

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7538

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15488

    From its Queens, New York campus, CUNY Queens College enrolls students in 209 programs. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. The school reports a 56% graduation rate. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers stand out. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #12

    CUNY Brooklyn College

    Brooklyn, NY

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    17,811

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15390

    From its campus in Brooklyn, New York, CUNY Brooklyn College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 54%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #13

    Farmingdale State College

    Farmingdale, NY

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    9,996

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8538

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18448

    Farmingdale State College, located in Farmingdale, New York, operates as a public institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports a 52% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #14

    State University of New York at New Paltz

    New Paltz, NY

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    7,757

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8502

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18412

    A public institution located in New Paltz, New York, State University of New York at New Paltz enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. State University of New York at New Paltz holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #15

    University at Buffalo

    Buffalo, NY

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    31,923

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10524

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28194

    A public institution, University at Buffalo enrolls students from its campus in Buffalo, New York. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 75%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. University at Buffalo has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #16

    SUNY Oneonta

    Oneonta, NY

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    6,528

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8740

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18650

    Located in Oneonta, New York, SUNY Oneonta offers multiple programs as a public institution. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. SUNY Oneonta is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    SUNY College at Geneseo

    Geneseo, NY

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    5,398

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8927

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18837

    SUNY College at Geneseo, located in Geneseo, New York, welcomes students with 60 program options. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 80%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #18

    SUNY Cortland

    Cortland, NY

    Graduation Rate

    71%

    Enrollment

    6,834

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8806

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18716

    From its New York campus, SUNY Cortland offers 87 academic programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer students a challenging course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 71%. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #19

    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

    Syracuse, NY

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    2,209

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9130

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19040

    A public institution, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry enrolls students on its campus in Syracuse, New York. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #20

    SUNY Maritime College

    Throggs Neck, NY

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    1,674

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8508

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18418

    SUNY Maritime College, located in Throggs Neck, New York, often ranks as one of the best schools. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    SUNY at Purchase College

    Purchase, NY

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    4,157

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8923

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18833

    From its campus in Purchase, New York, SUNY at Purchase College enrolls students as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. SUNY at Purchase College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    SUNY College at Oswego

    Oswego, NY

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    7,830

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8717

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18627

    SUNY College at Oswego, located in Oswego, New York, offers 141 programs for students. The institution offers top-ranked programs that provide a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-faculty ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 67%. Students should explore how workplace experience makes them more competitive employee candidates. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #23

    Jefferson Lewis BOCES-Practical Nursing Program

    Watertown, NY

    Graduation Rate

    89%

    Enrollment

    32

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18498

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18498

    Jefferson Lewis BOCES-Practical Nursing Program, located in Watertown, New York, enrolls students as a public institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 89%. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Jefferson Lewis BOCES-Practical Nursing Program has been accredited by the New York State Board of Regents State Education Department Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education Practical Nursing), an independent accrediting body.

    #24

    SUNY at Albany

    Albany, NY

    Graduation Rate

    63%

    Enrollment

    17,544

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10176

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27766

    From its campus in New York, SUNY at Albany enrolls students in 248 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. The school reports a 63% graduation rate for its programs. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #25

    SUNY College at Plattsburgh

    Plattsburgh, NY

    Graduation Rate

    68%

    Enrollment

    5,258

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8872

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18782

    SUNY College at Plattsburgh, which operates a campus in Plattsburgh, New York, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help students meet diverse career goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. SUNY College at Plattsburgh has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #26

    SUNY College at Brockport

    Brockport, NY

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    7,924

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8680

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18590

    SUNY College at Brockport, located in Brockport, New York, grants degrees and certificates as a public institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 64%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. SUNY College at Brockport is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #27

    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

    Cobleskill, NY

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    2,267

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8884

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18794

    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, a public organization located in Cobleskill, New York, offers multiple programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #28

    CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College

    New York, NY

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    1,022

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5194

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8074

    From its campus in New York, New York, CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College enrolls students as a public institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 40%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    College of Staten Island CUNY

    Staten Island, NY

    Graduation Rate

    32%

    Enrollment

    12,782

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7490

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15440

    Located in Staten Island, New York, College of Staten Island CUNY is a public institution that offers multiple programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #30

    SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

    Alfred, NY

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    3,780

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8852

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15477

    A public institution in Alfred, New York, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 60%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    Why Choose a Public College or University in New York?

    According to the College Navigator published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are 112 public schools in New York, including 61 public universities. Public colleges and universities in New York include Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, City University of New York (CUNY), State University of New York (SUNY), and Upstate Medical University.

    Students may choose a public college or university because they seek diversity or want a school with a lot of activities. Public colleges and universities are usually large and have a lot more to offer in the way of student clubs than private schools. The social scene is often bustling as well.

    In addition, public four-year colleges and colleges and universities tend to have lower tuition rates than private schools. Students who prefer a smaller school experience and more attention from professors may prefer a private school vs. a public school.

    New York does not participate in any tuition reciprocity agreements for undergraduate students. However, some online colleges may offer in-state rates to out-of-state students. The best public schools in New York have relatively low in-state tuition rates for New York residents.

    Pros and Cons of Attending a Public College or University in New York

    Pros

    • Public schools usually have more minority students, including international students.
    • Due to the large size of public colleges and universities, there are usually more activities for students to participate in on campus.
    • The cost of a public college or university is usually much lower than that of a private school.

    Cons

    • Students at public colleges and universities may have very little contact with their instructors.
    • Students at public schools may feel lost in the crowd due to the institutions’ large size.
    • Public colleges and universities may not be able to offer as much financial aid as private institutions.

    Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Colleges and Universities in New York

    Nonprofit colleges and universities reinvest their profits into the institution rather than paying them out. For-profit institutions are run by a board of directors and have an obligation to try to maximize the profit payout to the school’s owners or shareholders.

    There are 110 for-profit colleges in the state of New York. For-profit colleges get their funding directly from their students’ tuition. Nonprofit and public colleges accept donations and endowments from benefactors in addition to charging tuition.

    All public schools are nonprofit. Private colleges and universities can be either for-profit or nonprofit. You can determine whether a school is nonprofit or for-profit by using the NCES College Navigator.

    There are many pros and cons of for-profit and nonprofit colleges and universities. For-profit colleges have higher acceptance rates and may offer more flexibility. However, they are usually more expensive than public colleges and may offer less support than private schools.

    How Much Does It Cost to Attend a Public College or University in New York?

    According to NCES, the average total cost of attending a four-year public institution in New York was about $23,880 for in-state students in 2019-2020. This figure includes about $8,470 in tuition and $15,410 for room and board. The average out-of-state tuition and fees for students at the same institutions were roughly $22,670 per year.

    Other costs students should consider when choosing a school include books, supplies such as lab kits or computers, and transportation. Public institutions in New York charged an average of $32,690 less per year in 2019-2020 than private institutions.

    Now let’s talk about the most and least expensive public colleges and universities in New York. The least expensive public university in New York is CUNY, which charges in-state tuition of $6,930 per year. Each CUNY school charges the same tuition rate. The most expensive is SUNY, which charges in-state tuition of $7,070 per year. Each SUNY school charges the same tuition rate.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Public Colleges and Universities in New York

    How many public colleges and universities are there in New York?

    There are 61 public institutions in New York, most of which are in the CUNY or SUNY systems. The CUNY system is a group of public schools located within New York City, and the SUNY system is a group of public schools located in the state of New York outside of New York City.

    Although the schools are in the same system, some schools are harder to get into than others. In the SUNY system, the university centers have the lowest acceptance rates. Those schools are University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University.

    What is the most expensive public college or university in New York?

    The SUNY system is the most expensive public university system in New York, but it is not that expensive in comparison with other states’ university systems. In-state tuition is $7,070 per year, which is just $575 more per year than the maximum Pell Grant for 2021-2022. The tuition is the same regardless of which SUNY school you choose.

    SUNY’s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible education to the people of New York. The system’s relatively low tuition reflects its goal of easy access. The SUNY system contains 64 institutions, including university centers, comprehensive colleges, technology colleges, graduate degree-granting institutions, and community colleges.

    What is the least expensive public college or university in New York?

    The CUNY system is the least expensive public university system in New York, with in-state tuition of $6,930 per year. Every school in the system charges the same tuition rate. The CUNY system contains 25 schools, including four-year colleges; community colleges; and graduate, honors, and professional colleges.

    The CUNY schools are located throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Together, they offer 1,750 degree programs and have an enrollment of over 240,000 undergraduate and 30,000 graduate students.

    What is the biggest public college or university in New York?

    SUNY is not only the biggest public university system in New York, but in the United States. It is made up of 64 schools and enrolls approximately 468,000 students. The system offers over 7,500 degree and certificate programs. The SUNY system was created to provide access to education to the people of New York.

    SUNY encourages research through the SUNY Research Foundation, which spent $1.05 billion on research activity support in 2020. The foundation made 7,689 awards during the year.

    Is a public college or university right for me?

    Only you can decide whether a public or private college or university is right for you. It’s a good idea to narrow down your list of potential schools by finding out which schools offer the programs you’re interested in first. Then, you can consider factors like whether the college or university is public or private, whether it is close to home, and whether you can take classes online.

    Keep in mind that public colleges and universities usually cost less than private schools and have more activities available for their students. However, you may get more individualized attention from your professors at a private college or university.