Mar 30, 2017

New York

Located in the northeastern part of the U.S., New York State is bordered by Canada to the north and west, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east, and New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south.  At 19,651,127 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau), New York is the third most populous state in the country.

new-york_aug_22_7_optimizedAlbany is the state capital, while New York City is the largest city, not just in the state but in the whole country. Other cities in New York State include Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany and New Rochelle. As one of the world’s premier cities, New York City enjoys a global reputation and tends to overshadow everything else that the state of New York has to offer. Not only is the city the financial capital of the world, it is the home of the United Nations, one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and the headquarters to 54 companies on the 2014 Fortune 500 list.

Prospective students will discover that there is more to New York State than New York City. For one, more than half the state is covered by forest. The state is also home to the Niagara Falls, another hugely popular tourist attraction.

Higher education in New York is coordinated by the New York Office of Higher Education and overseen by the University of the State of New York, an entity that covers all education in the state, from prekindergarten through to college. There are two public systems – the State of New York public university system and the City of New York system – as well as a wide array of private universities.

Top Reasons to Study in New York

  • Quality of Education: A 2014 CNBC report ranks New York the #1 state for education and innovation. Eleven out of the top 100 national universities, as ranked by US News and World Report (2014), are based in the state, including renowned institutions like Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University and the University of Rochester
  • Employment Prospects: New York is a hugely popular destination for prospective students because it is a major hub for banking, finance, tourism, trade and nearly every other sector.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in New York, contact the New York State Education Department.

References and Useful Links


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Manhattan School of Music Business,Health,Security/Protective Services Private >10,000 Request Info
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Biology,Computer Science,Engineering Private >10,000 Request Info
City University of New York: Brooklyn College Business,Education,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
SUNY University at Buffalo Biology,Health,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Skidmore College Economics,Government,Psychology Private >10,000 Request Info
SUNY College at Geneseo Business,Education,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
City University of New York: City College Engineering,Psychology,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Nassau Community College Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Juilliard School Visual/Performing Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
SUNY College at Plattsburgh Agriculture,Engineering,Health Public >10,000 Request Info