in New York State
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Approximately 450,000 students have
already made the decision to attend
one of the more than 100 private,
independent (not-for-profit) colleges
or universities in New York State.
These students come from many ethnic
and economic backgrounds, and from
all 50 states and hundreds of foreign
countries. Look closely at the abundant
opportunities in our great state.
You, too, may find a reason to join
So many choices.
“New York’s 100+ private
colleges and universities represent
higher education at its best: high
quality, varied, and comprehensive,"
said Abraham M. Lackman, president
of the Commission on Independent Colleges
and Universities (CICU), a membership
association based in New York State's
capital, Albany. “Our colleges
and universities offer diverse programs
serving diverse people.”
Each college is unique. Some are
in cities; some are in quieter communities.
Some are large, some small. You’ll
find a private college or university
in every region of New York State,
from the exciting metropolitan New
York City area and the outer tip of
Long Island, to colleges in proximity
to Niagara Falls, two Great Lakes,
the great Adirondack Park, and the
historic Hudson River.
Collectively, the 100+ private colleges
and universities in New York State
make up the largest private sector
of higher education in the world.
More rank in the nation’s top
100 colleges and universities than
any other state in the country. They
include world-famous centers of learning
and academic research; more medical
and dental schools than anywhere else
in the United States; many law schools;
America's largest group of engineering
schools and programs; well-respected
liberal arts colleges; colleges devoted
exclusively to the education of women;
the greatest concentration of historically
religious institutions in the United
States; and superior independent colleges
of music. With nearly 17,000 degree
programs to choose from, you can study
just about anything at a private college
or university in New York State.
“Colleges are as different
as people,” said Susan Nesbitt
Perez, director of outreach programs
for CICU. “Campus environments
differ. Academic programs vary. And
every college has a distinct personality.
But New York's private colleges and
universities share common ground:
they all offer quality and excellent
value for your investment.
It’s your choice.
Your college decision matters. It
matters to you and your learning experience,
and it matters to your career prospects.
While New York State’s private
colleges and universities differ in
programs and features, all are high-quality
institutions that offer students important
benefits. These are some of the features
you should consider in a college:
• Strong academic departments.
• Small class size.
• Low student-to-professor ratio.
• World-class, dedicated faculty.
• Opportunity for activities
outside the classroom.
• Teaching that inspires critical
• Research opportunities, internship
or study abroad programs.
• Outstanding career placement
When you choose your college, think
about the kind of learning and living
environment you want, and the value
of your future degree. Never exclude
colleges because of the “sticker
price.” You may be surprised
at how much financial aid is available.
In fact more than seven in 10 students
receive aid to help meet college costs.
Last year, New York’s private
colleges and universities awarded
students more than $1.9 billion from
their own funds in addition to other
scholarships, state and federal aid
To learn more about choosing a private
college or university in New York
State, visit www.nycolleges.org
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To request free copies of Your College
Search, a guide to the finding the
college that fits you best, e-mail
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