New York Colleges & Universities

Find out about schools and colleges in New York. What can you expect to pay for your education, and where could your studies take you after graduation?

New York Schools and Colleges Could Boost Your Earnings: New York's schools, colleges, and universities have a reputation for excellence, and where better to earn your degree than the Big Apple, surrounded by all the culture, fun, and entertainment you could want?

You shouldn't have any trouble finding a program to suit you at one of New York's 449 colleges, but if you can't, you could choose to study online--many of the colleges based in New York offer online programs.

The largest five New York colleges and universities are:

  • • New York University (NYU)--20,566 undergraduates, total enrollment 40,004
  • • State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo--18,165 undergraduates, total enrolment 27,220
  • • Touro College--12,180 undergraduates, total enrollment 22,540
  • • Stony Brook University--14,287 undergraduates, total enrollment 22,011
  • • Columbia University--11,273 undergraduates, total enrollment 13,569

Top private New York colleges include the Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell, and Syracuse University.

The Art Institute, University of Phoenix, Strayer University, and DeVry University also have campuses in New York, and there are many other schools and colleges in New York, plus many community colleges, technical colleges, and specialist institutions where you can study anything from automotive skills to culinary arts. Whatever career path you hope to follow, New York's schools, colleges and universities are sure to have a program to set you on your way.

The student population in the largest New York colleges and universities is ethnically quite diverse, with an average of a little under 50% white, non-Hispanic students, and a number of other ethnicities represented.

How much can I expect to spend on my higher education in New York? On average, annual tuition fees and expenses at a private, non-profit, four-year college is about $35,000. The costs are lower at public colleges--about $18,000 for a public four-year school or college.

Where can a New York college program do for you? The mean annual wage in New York was $50,790 in May 2009, compared to $43,460 nationally. Unemployment in New York in July 2010 was 8.2 percent, compared to 9.5 nationally. So you already have an advantage. Statistics show that higher education decreases your risk of unemployment and increases your earning potential. In 2009, unemployment for those with bachelor's degrees was 5.2%, reducing to 2.3% for those with a professional degree. Median weekly earnings for those with a bachelor's degree were $1,025 and for those with a doctoral degree $1,532, compared to $626 for high school graduates.

The top ten occupations by number of employees in New York, May of 2009, were:

  • • Office and Administrative Support: 1,591,890
  • • Sales and Related Occupations: 848,300
  • • Education, Training, and Library: 674,270
  • • Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 599,730
  • • Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations: 466,480
  • • Transportation and Material Moving: 431,860
  • • Business and Financial Operations: 418,190
  • • Management: 407,020
  • • Production: 375,280
  • • Construction and Extraction: 321,710

The five largest industries in New York, July of 2010, by number of people employed were:

  • • Education and Health Services: 1,683,200
  • • Government: 1,498,500
  • • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities: 1,438,200
  • • Professional & Business Services: 1,097,500
  • • Leisure & Hospitality: 727,600

New York has a diverse economy with most industries and occupations represented. Whatever career you want to follow, you can find the right program at one of New York's schools, colleges and universities.

The writer Karin Mangan has been a freelance writer for several years. She has a PhD and a background in education and research.

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