Best Community Colleges in New York

2016-2017 Rankings

best_community_colleges_in_new_yorkThe 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.

Ranking Methodology

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.

RankNameGraduation RateTransfer-Out RateRetention RateNet Price
1Stella and Charles Guttman Community College49%30%73%$5,988
2Herkimer County Community College36%27%61%$7,487
3Columbia-Greene Community College30%19%59%$5,196
4Nassau Community College22%20%72%$3,817
5Ulster County Community College31%17%58%$4,049
6Niagara County Community College28%18%63%