Do you have your recent high school diploma in your hands and now you are anxiously waiting to get started on the next phase of your education? Do you live in or near the large state of New York and you are doing some research about possible learning institutions that interest you, as well as those that will help you achieve your academic and career goals? Or, maybe you don’t live in the state of New York now, but now you are thinking what better time to make a move than when you start college? Regardless of what your thought process has been, you will definitely want to keep reading to learn what you need to know about the state of New York and its educational offerings. Of course, as with many other states, in addition to the most popular collegiate choices in New York you can also choose from many community or junior colleges, many other four year universities, and many vocational and technical institutes. In addition, you will likely have the opportunity to pursue at least some of your degree requirements in an online learning approach.
The most popular choice for prospective college students in New York is Cornell University, which is located in Ithaca. At this institution you will be able to obtain certificate based programs, diploma based programs, bachelor’s degree programs, and graduate level programs. It is important to note that you cannot obtain an associate’s level degree at this institution. Furthermore, at this university you can only complete a certificate or diploma based program in areas of social sciences and business. Columbia University, which is located in the heart of New York City, is another great choice for students. This university offers students bachelor’s degree programs and graduate level degree programs in practically any field of study that you could possibly plan to pursue. Founded in 1831, New York University is another collegiate institution that is located in New York City. At this university you will have the opportunity to pursue any level degree program in practically any field of study; this will include certificate and diploma based programs. It is important to note that this university is also a popular choice among international students.
While CUNY is the fourth most popular collegiate option among students in the state of New York, it is important to note that only bachelor’s level degree programs are offered at this institution. However, you will be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in almost any field of study that you desire. The fifth most popular collegiate choice is University at Buffalo, which is also referred to as the State University of New York. At this institution you can work to complete a bachelor’s level degree program, a master’s level degree program, or a doctorate level program. Keep in mind, the educational options within the state of New York are almost endless; although the most popular choices were discussed here, you will surely have many other choices that you can consider.
New York, New York is arguably the most famous city in the world. Millions of tourists visit every year, drawn in by its towering buildings, retina scarring bright lights, and impeccable balance of culture and counterculture. For decades, dreamers have made the pilgrimage to the city in search of a better life; most famously, the Duluth, Minnesota native Bob Dylan, who made a name for himself in the coffee houses that made up about 80% of Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. Of course, not all those who travel to New York City have the same grand aspirations as little Robert Zimmerman. Most who travel to the fairytale-esque metropolitan juggernaut want only a college degree from one of the city’s major institutes of higher education. At the time of this writing, there are an estimated 594,000 students attending college or university in New York City, with a considerable portion of them having come to New York from another state or country (there are over 46,000 international students in NYC right now).
Yes, New York, New York is a wonderful place to continue your pursuit of a rounded education, but what about the latter half of that address? How does New York State as a whole hold up when it comes to higher education? Pretty well, actually. New York State attracts more out-of-state students than any other American state, with hundreds of thousands of students leaving their homes to study in places like Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, and Farmingdale State College. Including the aforementioned 594,000 students currently studying in New York City, there are over one million students pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees in the state of New York.
In January of 2017, it was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that New York State will be introducing the Empire State Scholarship, a free tuition plan intended to take the financial strain of further education off potential students who come from families earning $125,000 a year or less. This, of course, means that the number of students studying in New York State is almost certain to increase tenfold in the coming months and years. If you are among those hoping to capture their degree from one of the hundreds of institutes of higher education throughout the state of New York, read on for a comprehensive overview of some of the most popular New York colleges and universities.
Every year for the past nine years, Forbes has compiled a collection of the top colleges throughout the United States of America. To make it into the first two dozen entries on the list, which is traditionally composed of well over 500 colleges and universities throughout the country, a school must have the perfect combination of esteemed faculty, academic success, and student life. In its most recent ranking of America’s top colleges and universities, Forbes listed Columbia University as the 16th best in the United States. This accolade, while impressive, is not all that surprising considering Columbia University is one of the most famous places of learning in the world and has welcomed professors such as Ben Stein, Margaret Mead, and former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Obviously, the Ivy League School is frustratingly selective with whom it permits to study within its walls. Its acceptance rate for 2015 came in at less than 10%, which is admittedly a little off-putting if you are considering applying to the university. That being said, you should not let the fact that your application may not be successful stop you from at least attempting to pursue your degree at Columbia University. After all, the potential rewards of an accepted application far outweigh the risks associated with failing to get in. Those who manage to find themselves a spot within the minute margin of students accepted to study at Columbia University will have the opportunity to obtain a degree from one of the most respected universities not just in the United States of America, but in the entire world. Currently, a total of 28,086 students are furthering their education at Columbia University, following in the footsteps of past students such as former president Barack Obama, actress Katie Holmes, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Columbia University offers its successful applicants dozens of major programs to choose from, with biology, history, neuroscience, operations research,and political science being among the most popular. Those who opt to pursue a political science major at Columbia University must choose two subfields of study (a primary subfield and a secondary subfield) from a selection of four. Those four possible subfields are American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Students must also choose two introductory courses from a collection of four, made up of Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory I. A concentration in political science is also available. A degree in political science may not offer any one clear career path, but it does serve as a foot in the door for some pretty exciting positions in government, journalism, new media, and law. Many who have studied political science at Columbia University have found themselves being approached by other places of education almost immediately upon graduating, inundated with offers to come and share their extensive Columbia knowledge in less selective schools. The Department of History at Columbia University is among the absolute best centers of historical scholarship in the world, owing, in no small part, to its expert faculty, whose knowledge of history is backed up by both an unrelenting love and incredible ability to teach it. The history program at Columbia University is a great deal broader than that at many rival universities. It deals with all areas of the world and just about every period of recorded history. That being said, students considering a history major from Columbia University shouldn’t be fearful of receiving just an overview of lots of different cultures at the expense of extensive study of a particular time or region.
New York University
New York University is recognized by multiple authority publications as one of the finest universities in the world and is generally considered the archetype of a research university. The university has its base in Greenwich Village, where it has shaped some of the greatest minds ever to enter the arts. It has been crucial in the development of world-renowned artists such as Lady Gaga, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Neil Diamond. The university is quite a bit more accessible than Columbia and in 2015 had an acceptance rate of 33%. As a result of its higher acceptance rate, New York University has an estimated total enrollment of 50,000, almost double that of Columbia University. Because of its status as one of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States of America, New York University can be pretty pricey. According to the college itself, studying at NYU will set you back an average of $35,543 a year, and that’s after financial aid has been taken into account.
New York University offers a plethora of major programs for those who choose to study within its walls. Because of its long relationship with and contributions to the vibrant creative scene of Greenwich Village, NYU is a popular choice among students who wish to become involved in the arts. Aspiring artists and performers come from all across the world to study at NYU’s internationally renowned Tisch School of the Arts. Undergraduate programs are available in subjects such as dance, drama, cinema studies, and photography, to name a few. The Tisch School of the Arts B.A. in performance studies has proven particularly popular, owing not only to its comprehensive course and the in-depth knowledge of the professors who help students navigate it, but for the flexibility which it affords all who enroll there. The performance studies major is designed to be extensive without being time consuming, teaching students all they need to know (and more) while allowing them the opportunity to pursue a second major or even study abroad if they so desire. The flexibility of the performance studies program at Tisch School of the Arts is alluring to a lot students as it grants them the time to work on their craft outside of college, meaning they can develop their arsenal and hone their stage persona at the world famous Bitter End in the evenings without having to worry about falling behind in their grades.
Of course, New York University isn’t all arts. The school has a wide range of programs for potential applicants to choose from, including a much-lauded undergraduate business program, taught out of the university's Stern School of Business. When you pursue a business degree at NYU Stern, you can expect your education in business to be spliced with liberal arts classes in order to prepare you for the business world of the modern day. Students who enter the undergraduate business program at NYU Stern are asked to choose one of 12 areas of specialized study, including accounting, economic theory, and marketing. While New York University encourages all of its students to study abroad should the opportunity present itself, students at NYU Stern are particularly advised to do so in order to gain a greater understanding of business practices around the globe. With its Semester Away program, New York University allows its business students to spend at least one semester studying abroad. Abu Dhabi, Berlin, and London have all proven to be extremely popular destinations among those pursuing a degree in business at NYU Stern.
Stony Brook University
Although it is technically named The State University of New York at Stony Brook, the next university I want to show you is more commonly referred to as “Stony Brook University” by students, prospective students, and even the world-class professors who teach there. Despite the uncertainty in the name, Stony Brook University is one of the most consistent universities in all of New York State and has been churning out highly qualified graduates since it was first established in 1957. Back then, the school had an inaugural class of 148 students. Today, however, there are an estimated 25,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the university. Those students are spread under the tutelage of a total of 2471 members of academic staff. Including its esteemed faculty, Stony Brook boasts more than 14,500 employees, making it the largest single-site employer on Long Island.
Stony Brook has an acceptance rate of 41%. Among its most sought after majors are biology, health service preparatory studies, and economics. The university also offers a robust nursing program which attracts students from all over the world. Before beginning the nursing major at Stony Brook University, students must complete two years of general coursework either at Stony Brook or a recognized institution. The nursing major program itself is admittedly pretty intense and will require you to complete a series of complex classes including Mathematics for Health Care, Psychosocial Mental Health Nursing, and Transition Into Professional Practice. Pursuing a major in nursing from Stony Brook University is exhausting, there is no doubt about that, but students who complete the program will be left with an in-depth knowledge of all areas of nursing which, when combined with a certain degree of talent, will rank them among the absolute best in their field.
New York, particularly New York City, is a beacon for those seeking employment. Both skilled and unskilled work is perpetually available, although the latter is generally rather low paying and doesn’t offer a whole lot of opportunity for advancement. If you have decided to pursue a career in the arts, it is advisable to obtain a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts or a similar place of education. I know a degree is not exactly essential to become a successful actor or musician or dancer, but the high rollers within the world of New York show business tend to look more favorably upon those who have some sort of performance degree from an accredited source than they do those who do not. A degree in performance arts will be particularly beneficial for those who have never performed in a notable production as most agents and casting directors will accept it in lieu of experience. New York City is, of course, famous for its theatre district, which has featured some of the finest musicals ever produced, including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, and the stage adaptation of Grease. Even with a degree from Tisch, you are unlikely to score any major role in such well-known musicals right off the bat, but your qualifications will certainly make minor roles a possibility. Immediate starring roles in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions become significantly more attainable when you have a degree in theatre (though, obviously, talent and luck will play a part in your success). Even if you don’t wind up working full-time as a performer, a degree in something such as drama will allow you to teach classes yourself, which can be even more lucrative than a starring role in a Broadway musical. New York City is full of drama students who will pay big bucks per lesson as long as they are learning from a teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of the art. Owing to the city’s major comedy scene, improv classes are in high demand and those who have the skills to teach it can run multiple classes a day with an asking price of upwards of $100 per student.
If you are an aspiring performer but aren’t exactly enthralled by the idea of pursuing a degree in performance arts, it is advisable that you seek at least an undergraduate degree in another area so you’ll have something to fall back on should your show business dreams not come to pass. Often times, creative people make the decision to pursue a major totally removed from the toxic world of art, such as business. An undergraduate degree in business is a great choice regardless of where you live, but there are few places where such an accolade is of more use than New York City. Manhattan is (in)famous for its business district, which is full of fast-talking suit-wearers attempting to squeeze every last penny out of every deal. It may not be the most noble profession, but if you’re the kind of person whose main motivation is financial gain, it may be the path for you. In New York, New York, an entry-level business development associate can expect to earn an average salary of $51,867 a year, with some of the most fortunate earning upwards of $80,000 their first year on the job.
Law students can also expect to earn more money in New York City than in close to any other city in the United States. Most self-employed lawyers operating out of Manhattan earn upwards of $80,000 a year, with the very best being able to break $1 million. However, it is ill-advised to open your own practice right after graduation. Most lawyers gather at least five years of experience before going out on their own. Sticking to this template will give you plenty of time to figure out the kind of cases you want to work on, craft a reputation among your peers, and build up a catalogue clients to take with you when you finally open your own offices. Salaries for lawyers working as part of a firm vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the firm, their experience, and their success rate. A family lawyer working as part of a medium sized firm in New York City can expect to earn six figures annually, with most taking in somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000. Back in 1996, first year associates in New York law firms earned an average of $86,000, a figure which was immense for its time and remains so today. However, aspiring lawyers will be happy to know that the average salary of a first year associate at a New York City law firm today stands at a staggering $160,000 per year.
Nursing is a noble pursuit. Those who enter the business are generally motivated by a love of humanity and helping others as opposed to the monetary reward. However, it would be remiss of us not to take a moment to talk about the financial benefits of registered nursing. In New York City the average salary of a registered nurse is $72,658 a year. This is not a starting salary, but rather one that is obtained after several years of modest pay increases. However, the starting salary of most registered nurses is not far off that figure, with the majority of those plying their trade in the state of New York earning at least $60,000 a year. Registered nurses are paid by the hour, though the amount varies from state to state and region to region. In New York, registered nurses earn the most when they operate out of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, where they can expect to earn an hourly salary of $39. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering these locations are among the five boroughs that make up New York City. Those who aren’t fond of the hustle and bustle of city life and wish to work as an RN in a different area of New York need not worry about suffering too much of a pay cut. Registered nurses working in places such as Levittown and Hempstead enjoy a median hourly salary of $37, which adds up to $77,050 a year. Registered nurses in Binghamton earn $30 an hour, one of the lowest salaries of all New York-based RNs. Of course, that still means an annual salary of $63,377, which is almost $10,000 above the median household income in New York State.