Top College Logo

Top Colleges in New York for 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. 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 Stony Brook University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
34
OVERALL SCORE
96.03
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 SUNY College of Technology at Canton Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
95.04
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 SUNY Empire State College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
94.48
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Bryant & Stratton College-Online Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
29
OVERALL SCORE
93.05
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Mercy College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
42
OVERALL SCORE
92.33
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 New York University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
90.35
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 University at Buffalo Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
90.18
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
8 SUNY College at Plattsburgh Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
85.99
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 Niagara University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
83.84
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Utica College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
83.51
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Rochester Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
83.18
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Pace University-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
82.74
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Davis College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
82.35
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Marist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
82.24
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 Canisius College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
81.74
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Fashion Institute of Technology Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
80.09
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 SUNY College at Oswego Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
77.39
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
74.24
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 SUNY Oneonta Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
73.69
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Nyack College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
73.25
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
73.03
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
22 St John's University-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
71.92
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Tompkins Cortland Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
71.1
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
68.95
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
25 Monroe College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
68.34
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Berkeley College-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
67.4
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Syracuse University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
66.24
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 SUNY at Albany Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
65.91
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
29 St. Joseph's College-New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
64.53
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 The New School Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
64.09
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 SUNY College at Brockport Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
63.98
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 The Sage Colleges Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
61.89
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Houghton College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
60.95
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Herkimer County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
59.29
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 New York School of Interior Design Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
58.08
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
36 The College of Saint Rose Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
57.53
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
56.92
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
38 SUNY Cortland Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
56.37
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
39 Clarkson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
54.33
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
40 Fordham University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
54.05
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 Nazareth College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
51.85
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
42 LIM College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
48.92
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Erie Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
47.6
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Mohawk Valley Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
47.21
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Saint John Fisher College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
45.17
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
46 Columbia University in the City of New York Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
44.02
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 St Bonaventure University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
42.25
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 Adelphi University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
41.86
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Cayuga County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
40.38
More details+
SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
50 Jefferson Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
39.71
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 2016-17 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 2016-17 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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,