Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in New York.
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The following agencies accredit schools in New York. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education (NYSED)
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (CSSMSA)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
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For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
New York offers some of the best-known and and most highly-ranked public universities in the United States. Learn more about some of these choices below.
City University of New York, Queens College
Located in the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, CUNY Queens College serves students from more than 150 nations. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges (2013) named QC one of the 10 best Public Regional Universities in the north, and Queens College is among the 2013 America’s Best 377 Colleges from the Princeton Review. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Queens College was cited as one of only five colleges in the U.S. that do a good job serving low-income students in a report by the Education Trust based on the college’s high graduation rate, low tuition, and generous amount of need-based financial aid received by students.
State University of New York, Albany
The largest campus within the SUNY system, the Albany campus is one of the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance top colleges for excellence in academics in the affordability category and one of the 100 “Best Public Colleges” in the U.S. according to Forbes. U.S. News and World Report ranks SUNY Albany 63rd in the “Top Public Schools” category and 128th overall. Located in the state capital of New York, SUNY Albany is also a great source of internships and public service placements.
Stony Brook University
Located in Stony Brook, New York on the North Shore of Long Island, SB is placed by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings into the top 1% percent of the world’s higher education institutions, and by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top 100 universities in the nation. Kiplinger lists Stony Brook as one of the 25 best values in public colleges and universities, and the university is one of only 10 universities in the U.S. recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. 98% of Stony Brook teaching faculty hold doctoral degrees or terminal degrees in their fields; SB faculty and staff alone are responsible for more than 1,840 inventions and more than 500 U.S. patents, and mentor an annual average of 10% of the 300 Intel Science Talent Search competition finalists and semifinalists.
There is no question that New York is home to some of the best private universities in the world; choosing the three most notable is no easy task. Find out more about the most prominent choices below.
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York City
Most recently ranked fourth overall by U.S. News and World Report and consistently ranked in the top ten universities nationwide, Columbia recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Forbes ranks this Ivy League university fifth overall, fourth for research and third in the Northeast. Since 1901, when the Nobel Prize was first given, 82 Columbians—including alumni, faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers and administrators—have won the award at some point in their careers in every field; the University’s current faculty includes eight Nobel laureates. CU guarantees housing for undergraduates, mitigating any difficulty presented by the New York City location.
New York University
New York City
Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. NYU boasts members of its community receiving numerous accolades and awards, including: 3 Abel Prize winners, 68 elected American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 25 recent American Council of Learned SocietyFellows, 147 Guggenheim Fellows, 7 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators, 7 Lasker Award winners, 12 MacArthur Fellows, 21 elected National Academy of Sciences members, 4 Nobel and Crafoord Prize winners, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners. U.S. News and World Report ranks NYU 32nd nationwide, and Forbes ranks it 45th overall among private colleges, 32nd for research, and 33rd in the Northeast.
A second New York addition to the Ivy League, Cornell University offers a much more traditional small town/big campus college experience than its urban Ivy sibling to the south. Cornell is very highly ranked; U.S. News and World Report ranks CU 16th nationwide, 10th for undergraduate business programs, 7th for undergraduate engineering programs, and 9th for best overall value. Forbes ranks Cornell 18th nationally among private colleges, 14th among research universities, and 13th in the Northeast (a region replete with excellent choices).