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    New York is home to many public and private colleges. There are multiple State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) campuses, as well as numerous acclaimed private universities that include two Ivy League schools.

    There are many notable private universities in New York, including the oldest Catholic institution in the Northeast, Fordham University. New York is home to both Columbia University in New York City and Cornell University in Ithaca, making it the only state to contain more than one Ivy League school. New York University is located in Manhattan. Syracuse University is located in Central New York. West Point, the United States Military Academy, is located in lower upstate New York on the banks of the Hudson River.

    The State University of New York is the largest system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States. The SUNY system consists of 64 community, technical, and undergraduate colleges, as well as doctoral-granting institutions. With a total enrollment of 465,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 1.1 million continuing education students, SUNY is among the nation's most comprehensive higher education systems. There are 88,000 faculty members teaching in 7,660 degree and certificate programs.

    The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 270,000 degree-bound students and an equal number of adult, continuing and professional education students. CUNY consists of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, and consortia at 24 campuses located throughout the city’s five boroughs.

    • Columbia University in the City of New York

      Columbia University in the City of New York Save

      West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Founded in 1754 as Kings College, Columbia needed a new name when students like Alexander Hamilton won the American Revolution. Benefitting from the Manhattan Renaissance of the past 20 years, Columbia now has single-digit selectivity. Its long commitment to the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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      7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
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      No longer able to afford its tuition-free deal for all students but still generous to those with demonstrated need, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art continues to offer outstanding candidates a superb education in art, architecture ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Cornell University

      Cornell University Save

      300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
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      Cornell University, a private, land-grant research university in the Ivy League, is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It boasts seven undergraduate colleges (not to mention campuses in New York City and Qatar and facilities in New ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Barnard College

      Barnard College Save

      3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on its own campus, with its own faculty, library, dorms, dining hall and student center, Barnard is also part of Columbia University. Women fortunate enough to be accepted here thus have access ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Hamilton College

      Hamilton College Save

      198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
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      High on a hill in upstate New York, and thus not technically in New England, Hamilton is nevertheless a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, who lent his name to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Vassar College

      Vassar College Save

      124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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      "There are no core requirements at Vassar College, a small liberal arts school not terribly far from New York City, and first-year student's courseload can range from ancient Chinese philosophy to a "techno-lit English class" using the Internet. Over four ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • New York University

      New York University Save

      70 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012
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      With Washington Square Park at the foot of Fifth Avenue for its Quad, NYU is of the city, rather than simply in it. As the various schools of business, education, performing arts and other disciplines were apparently not enough, NYU ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Colgate University

      Colgate University Save

      13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346
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      "Colgate University has "snow-covered trees," "big limestone buildings," a vibrant party scene, high quality academics, and professors that cause students to gush with joy. Great liberal arts programs are plentiful here, and a core curriculum is required of all students ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Rochester

      University of Rochester Save

      Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627
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      "The "tough" but "extremely rewarding" University of Rochester has traditionally been known best for math and science but the "home of the Bausch & Lomb scholars and Xerox" has enough diversity in its academic offerings to "dispel the myth that ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • United States Military Academy

      United States Military Academy Save

      646 Swift Rd (ATTN: MASG), West Point, NY 10996
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      Better known as West Point, the United States Military Academy provides one of the premier educations in the arts and sciences available in nation, and students here get to use live ammunition. Training ranges from the liberal arts to engineering ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Save

      110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180
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      "Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a top-flight engineering school (with strong computer science and business and management departments) where mostly male, "bookish" students hit the books furiously and occasionally road trip, go to a frat party, or watch the perennially competitive ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Union College

      Union College Save

      807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308
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      Union College provides rigorous liberal arts, science and engineering programs that cater to the individual paths of over 2000 undergraduate students. The campus, which is located about three hours from New York City in Schenectady, is the nation's first to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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