Best Community Colleges in New York
The state of New York is home to 121 two-year colleges. Two of the major community college systems in New York are the City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY), which, combined, operate more than 90 percent of all public community colleges in New York.
Some students at New York community colleges attend in order to complete an associate’s degree or some type of vocational training while others work on completing general education courses in order to transfer to a four-year institution of higher education.
For many students, the choice to attend a community college with the end goal of transferring to a four-year university is a more affordable option than going straight to a four-year institution.
Naturally, some of the community colleges in New York and New York City offer higher graduation and transfer rates than others, while some provide low tuition and more financial support.
The team here at EDsmart ran the numbers on over 120 community colleges in the state of New York and ranked them based on:
- Retention Rate
- Transfer Rate
- Graduation Rate
- Net Price
*Data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.
All four factors allow students to see the affordability and academic quality of each respective community college on our list. Every school was given a ranking in each category listed above then assigned a composite score with the highest score being 100. The only school to receive a perfect 100 was Guttman Community College.
Rankings and information about each school can be found below.
|Rank||Name||Graduation Rate||Transfer-Out Rate||Retention Rate||Net Price|
|1||Stella and Charles Guttman Community College||49%||30%||73%||$5,988|
|2||Herkimer County Community College||36%||27%||61%||$7,487|
|3||Columbia-Greene Community College||30%||19%||59%||$5,196|
|4||Nassau Community College||22%||20%||72%||$3,817|
|5||Ulster County Community College||31%||17%||58%||$4,049|
|6||Niagara County Community College||28%||18%||63%||$5,674|
|7||Mohawk Valley Community College||28%||20%||59%||$6,637|
|8||Sullivan County Community College||25%||30%||60%||$7,247|
|9||Clinton Community College||29%||16%||65%||$6,952|
|10||Rockland Community College||29%||19%||68%||$9,065|
Top Community Colleges in New York
#1 Guttman Community College
Net Price: $5,988
Graduation Rate: 49%
Transfer Rate: 30%
Retention Rate: 73%
Founded in 2011, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is the newest of CUNY’s community colleges. Guttman leads the way for CUNY with the highest score possible in this year’s EDsmart Best Community Colleges in New York rankings at 100/100. Guttman offers majors in Business Administration, Human Services, Information Technology, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Urban Studies.
Address: 50 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (646) 313-8000
Number of students: 700 (2015)
Net Price: $7,487
Graduation Rate: 36%
Transfer Rate: 27%
Retention Rate: 61%
Founded in 1966, Herkimer County Community College leads the way for SUNY schools. Herkimer offers a variety of associate degrees in the fields of education, art, business, healthcare & service, liberal arts & sciences, communication arts, criminal justice & law, and STEM programs. This school’s Internet Academy offers more than 150 courses, 20 degrees, and 3 certificate programs online.
Address: 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-0300
Number of students: 3,774 (2010)
Net Price: $5,196
Graduation Rate: 30%
Transfer Rate: 19%
Retention Rate: 59%
Founded in 1966, Columbia-Greene Community College (Co-Greene or C-GCC) offers 33 associate degree programs and 5 undergraduate certificate programs. Co-Greene offers a variety of associate degrees in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Math and Science, Nursing, and Technology. This school included a day care center which provides child care support for attending students.
Address: 4400 NY-23, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-4181
Number of students: ~2,800 annually
Net Price: $3,187
Graduation Rate: 22%
Transfer Rate: 20%
Retention Rate: 72%
Founded in 1959, Nassau Community College awards the third largest number of Associate degrees for 2-year public colleges in the U.S. and the largest number of Associate degrees in the state of Ney York. Nassau offers a variety of associate degrees in over 70 fields including Liberal Arts, Accounting & Business Administration, Administrative Technology, Africana Studies, Allied Health Sciences, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, History/Political Science/Geography, Theatre/Dance, and many more areas.
Address: 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 572-7501
Number of students: N/A
Net Price: $4,049
Graduation Rate: 31%
Transfer Rate: 17%
Retention Rate: 58%
Founded in 1961, Ulster County Community College (SUNY Ulster) offers 60 undergraduate academic programs. Ulster offers a variety of associate degrees in the fields of business, human services, veterinary technology, childhood and early childhood education, graphic arts, and fine arts, education, criminal justice, nursing, and more. This school offers a vibrant student life with athletic teams, clubs, workshops, and more.
Address: 491 Cottekill Rd, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Phone: (845) 687-5000
Number of students: 3,686 (2010)