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New York State has a lot to offer: world-renowned universities, including two Ivy League colleges (no other state has more than one!), a wide range of prospering industries and career paths, a wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities, and a diverse mix of attractive rural and urban landscapes. It is also home to some of the most diverse, progressive and creative communities in the US.

Often referred to as New York State to avoid confusion with New York City, New York is also known as the Empire State (the origins of this nickname are unclear). Meanwhile NYC is traditionally nicknamed the Big Apple, a term that loosely signifies an abundance of rich rewards.

Home to nearly 20 million people, New York State is known for its long history as a gateway for immigration to the United States, and is often seen as the home of the American Dream. Indeed, the promise of opportunity, prosperity, individuality, self-determination and freedom are all likely to be attractions for those who want to study in New York.

Public universities in New York State

State University of New York (SUNY)

There’s plenty of choice for those who want to study in New York – there are more highly ranked universities in New York State than some entire countries can claim. New York’s state-wide public university system is called the State University of New York (SUNY), while New York City has its own public university system, the City University of New York (CUNY).

The latter is the largest urban university in the US, and ranked in the 501-550 range* in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. The four SUNY university centers are the University at Buffalo (ranked 342nd), Stony Brook University (joint 390th), the University at Albany (651-700) and Binghamton University (701+).

Private universities in New York State

Cornell University

The illustrious Cornell University is the state’s highest ranking institution overall, at 16th in the QS World University Rankings. Based in picturesque college town Ithaca in upstate New York, Cornell offers some of the country’s most highly regarded architecture, engineering and international relations programs, and also has a branch campus in Education City, Qatar.

The state’s other Ivy League institution, Columbia University, follows close behind in the rankings, at 20th in the world. Columbia claims connections with more than 100 Nobel Prize laureates, as well as 29 heads of state, 26 Academy Award winners and 20 living billionaires. Columbia University has been the site of some of the world’s most significant research and discoveries, including the laser, FM radio and revolutionary drugs to treat glaucoma and cancer. As a research-focused institution, the university enrolls more students at graduate level than at undergraduate.

New York University (NYU), another of the top private universities in New York, is ranked joint 46th in the world. Its fashionable Greenwich Village campus houses the largest student body of any non-profit private US university, while its 18 colleges and schools offer 2,500 different courses and 25 different types of degree (that’s type, not subject!). More than 50,000 students representing 138 countries are currently enrolled at its three campuses. Click here for a comparison of NYU and Columbia.

Other top universities in New York include the musical University of Rochester (ranked 194th), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (joint 310th), the Jewish Yeshiva University (joint 330thSyracuse University (551-600), New School University (601-650),  Clarkson University (601-650) and Fordham University (701+).

*Click here for more information about rankings categories. 

Life in New York State

New York City Central Park

As the cultural and financial capital of the US, New York City attracts more visitors than any other US city. Its romantic appeal, buzzing street life, collection of ethnic neighborhoods, towering skyscrapers and landscaped green spaces (of which Central Park is the most famous) all bear remnants of the city’s colorful history as a center for finance, immigration, industry and commerce.

But, while New York City may loom large over the world’s imagination, there is a lot more to the United States’ fourth most populous state. Lying towards the west of the state, Buffalo and Rochester both have metropolitan areas which are home to more than a million people, and are both prominent college towns, as are the smaller Ithaca and state capital Albany. Other cities likely to be of interest for students include Buffalo (the second-largest city in the state) and Binghamton (dubbed the ‘Carousel Capital of America’).

Beyond its cities, New York is a lush green state, with 18.9 million acres of forest. It borders two great lakes (Erie and Ontario) as well as the vast and rugged Lake Champlain, and is intersected by a plethora of rivers and waterways (70,000 miles), including the mighty River Hudson and the Erie Canal. Plus, if you follow the path of Lake Erie, you’ll end up at Niagara Falls, one of the US’s most popular tourist attractions.

A number of spectacular mountain ranges, such as the green Catskills and the wilderness of the Adirondack add further interest to the state’s landscape, while the Great Appalachian Valley dominates its eastern region. So, whether you’re based in the country’s most famous city, or elsewhere in this beautiful state, New York offers plenty of scope for adventures of all kinds.

Facts about New York State

New York City

  • Located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.
  • Borders with New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east; maritime border with Rhode Island, and international border with Canada to the west and north.
  • State capital is Albany and largest city is New York City.
  • Total state population is over 19.7 million.
  • New York City’s population is over 8.4 million, making it the most populous city in the US.
  • State nickname: The Empire State
  • About 63% of New York’s total surface area is covered by forests.
  • The largest gateway for immigration to the US is in Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay.
  • Commercial toilet paper was invented in New York City in the 19th century, by Joseph C. Gayetty.
  • The New York Post is the US’s longest continuously published newspaper.
  • New York is the only state that touches both the Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario) and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • New York State has 307 degree-granting institutions, with only California claiming more.
  • Award-winning photo blog based in New York called ‘Humans of New York’ (HONY) by photographer Brandon Stanton has spawned many similar blogs around the world.
  • Famous New Yorkers include: director Woody Allen, actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, rappers Tupac Shakur and Jay Z, authors Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon, presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Martin van Buren and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Hi Jaymin, please take a look at our article on studying at graduate level in the US. Hope this helps!

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Hi, I'm Natalia from Colombia, currently in a cultural exchange living here in NYC, soon I'll be done and I'm looking forward to start my studies here as well, but I just came here after I finished high school back in my country, so I don't know what's the following step to be able to apply for college/university since the requirementes here are different. Can I start and undergrade program? Please, it'd be really helpful to understand better how it works to start. Thanks

Hi there....My name is Rohan and i have completed my high school studies....Currently I am looking for scholarships to Study in The USA...Can I please be considered in any of the scholarship opportunities available..

Hi Rohan, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US. 

hi Dear mam, I am sorower from Bangladesh I have a deep devotion study in us for higher Education, in the meantime I complete Bsc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
now a I wait for higher study in us any university, how can I do it please inform me.

Hi Sorower. Take a look at our guide to studying in the US - this should help you get started. You may also want to check out the US section of the latest QS Top Grad School Guide, which offers specific guidance for those applying at master's or PhD level.

hi i'm Chiheb from Tunisia i want to know how much it costs for me to go study in New York and how ?? peace

Hi Chiheb, please see our guide to the costs of studying in the US and our general guide to studying in the US, which contains information about how to apply. I'm afraid living costs in large cities such as New York are likely to be quite high, but you may be able to find a scholarship to study in the US to help with costs. Hope this is helpful :)

Hi I am Zahra Alavi from Iran graduated of entrepreneurial (master of science). I am looking scholarship at PH.d cover that can cover my hole cost,is there any chance to find that kinda scholarship?

Hi Zahra, we have lots of scholarship listings so there is sure to be one that suits you - for example, here is an article listing Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarships Around the World. Hope this helps!

Good afternoon!
My name is Vlada) I am from Russia!
I am interested in doing my Masters in Hospitality Business in New York! Could you send me, please, some information about Universities with the Hospitality Business? What the score should be for the IELTS Exam?
I will be appreciated for the information!)

Hi Vlada, please take a look at our guide to Masters in Hospitality Management courses. You can also find which universities offer this course with our course finder. As for IELTS, the score required will vary between universities, so I would advise you to check with the universities you apply for (they will most likely have the required score listed under the entry requirements section of the course listing on their official website). For more information on IELTS, please see our updated guide to the basics of the test. Hope this helps!

Hi, I'm Navid Safavi, from IRAN, graduated of Environmental Health Engineering (Master of Science). I'm looking for a scholarship at Ph.d level that can cover my whole costs. Is there any chance to find that kinda scholarships??

Hi Navid, please have a look at our list of International Scholarships for Engineering Students, which includes scholarships for PhD level studies. The funding available will vary, but if you are unable to find a scholarship or if the scholarship does not cover your whole costs then you may still be able to suppliment your income through money earned working in teaching or research in your PhD program. For more information, here's an article on How to Get PhD Funding. Hope this helps :)

dear laura tucker maam,i will complete my high school next year in april,and i was wandering if you would help me by giving me some info about any public medical schools for undergraduation,which can offfer atleast 50% scholarship for students of not that gud financial background like me,and also inform me if the undergraduate degree of bangladesh will be excepted in u.s if i go to do a graduation in u.s....

Hi Ilma, we don't have a dedicated list of public universities in the US but we do have a subject ranking of the top universities in the US for medicine which should be useful (you can also do a quick online search to check if the school is public or private). Not all schools listed will offer the funding you're looking for, but many schools publish details of funding they offer on their websites so this is a great way to search. Need-blind admission in the US may also interest you.

Admission requirements vary widely so make sure to check under the program details of your chosen course to see if you're eligible. If you can't find this info, contact the admissions team of the school directly and they should be able to help! :)



Good Day! I am April Rogeann V. Legaspina from the Philippines. I would like to ask whether what institution in New York offers merit-scholarships or financial aids for medicine related courses (undergraduate). Hoping for your reply in this matter. Thank you in advance and God bless!

Dear sir/ma'am
I'm intereste in studying in new york. I'm going to complete my high school in 3 months and i want to do architecture in USA . Can u please help me regarding the admission procedures?.


Hi Prabhjeet! We have a US country guide filled with practical information on studying in the US and also an article on How Much Does it Cost to Study in the US? For general information on studying abroad, see our How to Study Abroad FAQ. You can also find the top universities in New York City listed in this article.

Laura :)

Daer Sir/Madam

I am really interested in New York Universities and the nearby universities such as Ohio,New Jersey,Virginia
I do not know how can I apply for MS courses?
Which University has Less FEES and gives more scholarships as compared to other university.
I'll be completing my Bachelor Degree in June 2017 from Mumbai University and be willing to pursue my MS from THE UNITED STATES so help me out

Hi Archit. For information about applying to study in the US, visit our guide here. And for international scholarships to study in the US, visit our listing here. For more personal advice, you may also want to attend one of our upcoming events in India - in April the QS World Grad School Tour is coming to New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. This is a chance to meet universities from around the world, get advice for your application, and apply to the QS Scholarships scheme. For the Mumbai event, which I guess would be your closest, you can register for free here. Hope to see you there!


Hi Chandra. To apply for postgraduate courses at New York University (NYU), visit the university's graduate admissions page, here: http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions.html
Hope this helps - please let us know if this isn't what you were looking for.

Dear sir/ma.. hello. Please I am interested in doing my masters in fashion design and I would love to do it in new york... Please I am looking for a good fashion school in new york and I am also seeking for scholarship. Please I await your response. Thanks.

Hi Chidinma. Why not take a look at our list of the world's top fashion schools? https://www.topuniversities.com/courses/art-design/top-fashion-schools-around-world
You may also want to check out the scholarship competition being run by The New School in New York - details here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/win-scholarship-new-school-new-york-city

hello dear madam..i want some help please,,i have already done MBA in finace degree from pakistan now i want to join for Mphil course from New York and i don,t know about best universities for Mphil cources and not know about application..can u guide me please through my email..thanks

Hi Sana, here you'll find a look at the best universities in the US for social sciences and management (your area) - https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/faculty-rankings/social-sciences-and-management/2014#sorting=rank+region=+country=257+faculty=+stars=false+search= - make a note of all universities in New York on this list and then use their websites to gain more information about the courses they provide. Once you find a place you're interested in, make sure you fit the entry requirements and fill in the application form (most universities have a online application form). If you have any queries, contact the admissions department of that school (contact details can also be found on their website). Good luck, Laura

How is SUNY Stony Brook for MS in mechanical engineering?Are jobs easily available after graduation for a mechanical engineer in NY?

Dear sir/madam i want to study mechanical engineering for second year would you please provide me information about top universities in New York.and their scolarship exams...???

dear sir,
I am currently studying human biology at kathmandu University, Nepal.I want my graduate study on neuroscience from a renowned university at New York.I am seeking for scholarship.
Looking for positive response

Hi Deepa,

We have information about scholarships here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships

Individual universities will also provide guidance on available funding opportunities. For more on the top universitues in New York City, see here: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/north-america/united-states/top-universities-new-york-city

Best of luck!


Dear sir/madam

I am interested in study in management in New York Universities.
But i donot know about the visa applications and also about the Mba degree requirements
so can you guide me about this through my emai?

obreen fernando

Hi Obreen.

For general advice on applying to universities in the US, we have a country guide here: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/north-america/united-states/guide

For more MBA-specific advice, you may want to visit our sister site, TopMBA.com. You'll find information about studying an MBA in the US or Canada here: http://www.topmba.com/where-to-study/region/usa-canada/guide

And there's also an MBA forum where you can ask specific questions and share your own advice: http://www.topmba.com/forum

Hope this helps!

Daer Sir/Madam

I am really interested in New York Universities.
I do not know how can I apply for PhD courses?
Mind if I ask you to guide me please?