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Consider Independent College and Universites in New York State - Your College Destination

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 them.

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 thinking.
• Research opportunities, internship or study abroad programs.
• Outstanding career placement services.

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 students received.

To learn more about choosing a private college or university in New York State, visit www.nycolleges.org or send an e-mail message to colleges@nycolleges.org. To request free copies of Your College Search, a guide to the finding the college that fits you best, e-mail Laura Pye; laura@cicu.org.


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