Top 20 Universities In New York

Top 20 Universities In New York
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From architecture and arts to finance and innovation, New York City is one of the world’s undoubted leaders in almost every field imaginable – and this includes higher education. More than 130 four-year, degree-granting institutions are located in New York, the most of any state in the U.S.

Dozens of colleges are within the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, two of the largest public university systems in the U.S. Higher education options in New York include many large research universities, midsize colleges, small liberal arts colleges, a couple of federal military academies and several specialized institutions in urban, suburban and rural environments.

Here are the top 20 universities in New York that provide excellent education and quality of living.

20. Marist College

Marist College is a private institution that was founded in 1929. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,566, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 210 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.

Its tuition and fees are $32,500 (2014-15).

Marist College overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Students at Marist can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 10 master’s degrees, including those in business and public affairs. Marist students often benefit from the school’s special partnership with the multinational technology corporation IBM.

For decades, the IBM staff has worked with Marist students and faculty to brainstorm and try innovative technologies. One product that has come from this relationship is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum website, developed jointly by Marist and IBM.

Students can also get involved on campus with the more than 80 clubs and student organizations, including Greek life and student government. Student athletes can choose from intramural and club sports, as well as the more than 20 Marist Red Foxes varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Notable Marist alumni include political commentator Bill O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.


When applying to Marist College, it’s important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1.

The application fee at Marist College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 37.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 42.5 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Marist College is 16:1, and the school has 47.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Marist College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Education.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.8 percent.

Student Life

Marist College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,566, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students. At this school, 73 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 27 percent of students live off campus.

Marist College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Campus Services

Marist College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance.

Marist College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Marist College, 70 percent have cars on campus.

Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Marist College.

Cost and Financial Aid

At Marist College, 58.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,733.

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