50-50 Highlights: Colleges in the New York City Area
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50-50 Highlights: Colleges in the New York City Area

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New York City representing colleges in New York cityWhen students think about going to college in New York City, NYU and Columbia are usually the first colleges that come to mind. And then maybe Vassar and Fordham will be mentioned. Someone might think about the City Colleges. But for too many students, going to college in New York City is pretty much limited to these schools. Which is too bad since there 84 4-year colleges with at least 500 students in the greater New York area. And 21 of them are 50-50 schools.

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Colleges in the New York City Area (list below)

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The first thing to understand is that if you only consider colleges that are actually in New York City proper, you’re seriously limiting your options. And why? Because you might end up only hitting Central Park on the weekends by taking the train? Your decision of course, but you might find some more affordable opportunities if you’re willing to be a bit more flexible with your geography.

Of the 21 50-50 colleges in the New York-Newark CBSA, 14 are private and 7 are public. They range in size from just under 800 undergraduates to over 33,000. Only four are classified as primarily non-residential.

Good news for those with less than stellar test scores, at least 7 are some form of test optional. And 3 have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

They’re Still New York Prices

Even if not all of them are actually in New York City, we’re still talking about some pricey colleges here. Of the 14 private schools, all have sticker prices over $50,000. Nine are actually over $60,000 and two are over $70,000.

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You need to keep these numbers in mind as you start looking at merit aid possibilities. Yes, a school may have an average merit award of $20,000 but is $40,000 really affordable for your family?

Given the relatively low percentage of students receiving institutional aid and their high average net price, students shouldn’t be expecting much of a merit break from The New School, The Pratt Institute, and Sarah Lawrence College.

For those who care about sports either as a spectator or a participant, 8 of the colleges are D1 level. They play in the Big East, Big Ten, Metro Atlantic, Northeast, and Colonial Athletic Association.

The following table lists 50-50 Colleges in the New York-Newark CBSA area. As usual, the 4-year graduation rate is used for private schools and the 5-year rate for public.


50-50 Colleges in the New York City Area

Name Type State City Full-time Under-grads 4/5 yr Grad Rate Avg Net Price After Gift Aid (2016-2017)

Adelphi University
Private NY Garden City 4,897 57 $27,925
Bard College Private NY Annandale-On-Hudson 1,860 69 $29,436

Drew University
Private NJ Madison 1,506 57 $28,876
Hofstra University Private NY Hempstead 6,518 53 $32,566

Iona College
Private NY New Rochelle 2,956 60 $27,000

Manhattan College
Private NY Riverdale 3,481 57 $35,872
Monmouth University Private NJ West Long Branch 4,518 55 $31,300

Montclair State University
Public NJ Montclair 14,998 61 $15,224
New Jersey Institute of Technology Public NJ Newark 6,362 52 $17,972
Pratt Institute-Main Private NY Brooklyn 3,536 50 $43,068

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Public NJ Mahwah 4,888 71 $16,568

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Public NJ New Brunswick 33,503 77 $16,016

Rutgers University-Newark
Public NJ Newark 7,183 60 $12,020
Sarah Lawrence College Private NY Bronxville 1,385 74 $39,371

Seton Hall University
Private NJ South Orange 5,551 54 $28,700
St. Joseph’s College-New York Private NY Brooklyn 799 58 $16,126
SUNY at Purchase College Public NY Purchase 3,697 61 $18,142
SUNY Maritime College Public NY Throggs Neck 1,575 52 $16,291
The New School Private NY New York 6,199 53 $45,601

Wagner College
Private NY Staten Island 1,740 64 $30,119
Yeshiva University Private NY New York 2,647 71 $31,873
50-50 Highlights: Colleges in the New York City Area

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