dcsimg
Top College Logo

Top Colleges in New York for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

Browse Online Colleges in New York
by selecting filters that matter to you most

STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 SUNY College of Technology at Canton Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
59%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
98.73
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Utica College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
91.8
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Niagara University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
90.47
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Canisius College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
90.42
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 University at Buffalo Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
86.62
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
6 SUNY College at Oswego Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
85.02
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Mercy College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
84.75
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 SUNY College at Plattsburgh Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
84.58
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 Stony Brook University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
84.53
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Rochester Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
80.62
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 SUNY Empire State College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
62%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
56
OVERALL SCORE
79.02
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 St. Joseph's College-Long Island Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
78.74
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Davis College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
77.2
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
76.93
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
15 Pace University-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
76.38
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 SUNY College at Brockport Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
76.27
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Nyack College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
76.1
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
74.94
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 Berkeley College-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
74.61
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 St. Joseph's College-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
73.79
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Tompkins Cortland Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
70.21
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
70.15
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
23 Marist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
66.69
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 St John's University-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
66.57
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Herkimer County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
59.42
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 New York University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
53
OVERALL SCORE
58.92
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 The Sage Colleges Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
58.09
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Monroe College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
57.93
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Hudson Valley Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
57.87
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Roberts Wesleyan College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
56
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Medaille College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
55.89
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Syracuse University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
55.45
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Fashion Institute of Technology Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
54.74
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
34 Clarkson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
54.52
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
35 SUNY Maritime College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
53.03
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 SUNY Cortland Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
52.92
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
37 St Bonaventure University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
51.27
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
38 New York School of Interior Design Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
51.21
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
39 Houghton College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
50.61
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 SUNY Broome Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
49.89
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 New York Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
49.17
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Molloy College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
45.54
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Nazareth College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
43.72
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
44 LIM College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
42.73
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
45 Adelphi University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
42.57
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
46 Columbia University in the City of New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
42.24
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
42.02
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 SUNY Oneonta Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
41.8
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 SUNY Buffalo State Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
40.91
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 The New School Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
40.09
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2017-18 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,
x