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Top 10 Colleges for an Online Degree in New York, NY

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By Jennifer W. Eisenberg

More and more people are finding time in their busy lives for online education. This list of the top 10 colleges for an online degree in New York City was compiled to help you take a minute and find the program that fits your interests and your budget.

We arrived at this list of the top 10 colleges for an online degree in NYC by using the criteria broken down below. Tuition, enrollment, and student to faculty ratios are from the National Center for Education Statistics, a service of the US government. Any per credit hour or per semester tuition rate quoted in the body of the school review is courtesy of that school’s website.

Rating and Ranking Methodology

Tuition Points

  1. Under $30,000—1 point
  2. Under $27,000—2 points
  3. Under $24,000—3 points
  4. Under $21,000—4 points
  5. Under $18,000—5 points
  6. Under $15,000—6 points
  7. Under $12,000—7 points
  8. Under $9,000—8 points

Student to Faculty Ratio Points

  1. Above 35-1 point
  2. Above 30-2 point
  3. Above 25-3 points
  4. Above 20-4 points
  5. Above 15-5 points
  6. Above 10-6 points

National Recognition (where applicable)

  1. Top 100-1 point
  2. Top 40-2 point
  3. Top 30-3 points
  4. Top 20-4 points
  5. Top 10-5 points
  6. Top 5-6 points

Bonus for special tuition discount for online students

  1. Has special online discount for tuition-3 points
  2. Online students charged standard tuition-0 points

#10 – St John’s University New York

Queens, New York

The school motto of St. John’s University is “Christian education perfects the soul.”

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Points:5
Enrollment: 21,076
Tuition: $39,460
St John’s University New York was founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. The school athletic teams are known as the Red Storm. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the school offers fifteen graduate degrees and thirteen advanced certificates online. St John’s University New York charges an online graduate tuition rate that varies by program, but ranges from $1,200 to $1,440 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#9 – Pace University NYC

New York, New York

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Pace University offers a number of dual degree bachelor’s and master’s programs online.

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Points: 6
Enrollment: 13,245
Tuition: $42,772
Pace University was established in 1906 as a business school and today has four campuses across New York. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the school offers seven undergraduate degrees, seven undergraduate certificates, eight graduate degrees, and eight graduate certificates. Pace University charges an online undergraduate tuition rate of $1,215 per credit hour and the graduate per credit hour rate varies by program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#8 – Fordham University

Bronx, New York

Fordham University is the third oldest institution of higher learning in New York.

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Points: 6
Enrollment: 15,582
Tuition: $49,073
Fordham University was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1841. The school mascot is the Ram, and the school colors are maroon and white. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the school offers five graduate degrees and three graduate certificates online, all through the graduate school of religion and religious education. Fordham University charges an online graduate tuition rate of $876 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#7 – Columbia University

New York, New York

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Columbia University awards its students more than $150 million every year in scholarships and grants from all sources.

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Points: 7
Enrollment: 29,372
Tuition: $55,056
Columbia University is an Ivy League school that was established in 1754. The school mascot is the Lion. It is one of nine institutions of higher learning founded prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. With a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1, the school offers three graduate degrees through their Teachers’ College. Columbia University charges an online graduate tuition rate of $1,572 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#6 – New York University

New York, New York

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As a student at New York University, you have access to any of NYU’s 14 global locations in Abu Dhabi, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C. for your study abroad needs.

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Points: 7
Enrollment: 50,550
Tuition: $49,062
New York University was established in 1831 and the school motto translates from Latin as, “To Persevere and To Excel.” With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, the school offers two bachelor’s degrees, twenty four graduate degrees, and thirteen certificates online. New York University charges an undergraduate tuition rate of $1,412 per credit hour and a graduate tuition rate that varies according to the college offering the program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#5 – The New School

New York, New York

The New School offers two online degree programs through the renowned Parsons School of Design.

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Points: 7
Enrollment: 10,301
Tuition: $45,440
The New School was founded in 1919, and the school motto is “To the Living Spirit.” The school mascot is the Narwhal. With a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1, the school offers one associate’s degree, one master’s degree, and five certificates online. The New School charges an online undergraduate tuition rate of $1,590 per credit hour and an online graduate tuition rate of $1,680 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#4 – Concordia College-New York

Bronxville, New York

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Concordia University is a Christian college that offers a great variety of online degrees at different levels.

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Points: 7
Enrollment: 1,185
Tuition: $30,530
Concordia College New York is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and was established in 1881. The school athletic programs are known as the Clippers. With a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1, the school offers three of its six graduate programs 100% online: digital marketing, digital media, and childhood education. Concordia College New York charges a standard graduate tuition rate of $845 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#3 – Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Flushing, New York

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology was founded as the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics.

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Points: 9
Enrollment: 1,545
Tuition: $23,540
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private, not for profit, space-grant institution that was established in 1932, and the school mascot is the Eagle. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the school offers two associates degrees, two bachelor’s degrees, and two certificates online. All degrees are aviation-related. Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology charges an online undergraduate tuition rate of $795 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#2 – St Joseph’s College New York

Brooklyn, New York

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St. Joseph’s College was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph as a women’s college.

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Points: 11
Enrollment: 5,119
Tuition: $25,114
St Joseph’s College New York is a Catholic affiliated school that was founded in 1916, and the school mascot is the Bear. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the school offers eight bachelor’s degrees, ten graduate degrees, and eight certificates online. St Joseph’s College New York offers an online tuition rate of $520 per credit hour for all coursework, regardless of degree level. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#1 – CUNY John Jay College

New York, New York

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CUNY John Jay College was founded in 1964.

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Points: 13
Enrollment: 14,430
Tuition: $6,810
CUNY John Jay College is a senior college in the City University of New York system focused on justice education. They offer cohort style online programs that can be helpful with post-graduation career networking. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the school offers one bachelor’s, seven master’s degrees, and five advanced certificates online. CUNY John Jay College charges an in-state full-time tuition rate of $3,265 per semester. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

This concludes the list of the top 10 colleges for an Online Degree in NYC.