Colleges to Consider in Manhattan

New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world. It is the most populous city in the United States with a population of over 8.5 million people. The city is home to many fortune 500 companies and the headquarters of United Nations. It has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capitals of the world. The city consists of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

In addition to being the most populous city, New York City has more institutions of higher learning than any other U.S. city. Over 600,000 students are enrolled in NYC’s over 120 institutes, colleges, and universities. Therefore, let’s focus on the borough of Manhattan first. Manhattan, or The City as New Yorkers call it, is the most densely populated borough. It is also the most popular borough for tourists with Times Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Terminal. Manhattan is also home to many four-year colleges and university. Below are some of the colleges to consider in Manhattan.


Barnard College, NYC IMG 0961Barnard College
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Women’s liberal arts college
Established: 1889
Enrollment: 2,510 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 14.8% (Fall 2017)
Barnard is a world-class university that offers an inspiring environment. Students will get to engage with classmates in small classes, debate ideas with other students, and collaborate with professors. Barnard is across the street from Columbia University so students can take advantage of more classes, resources, and NCAA Division I athletics. Barnard offers over 50 major areas of study, with the most popular majors being art history, economics, English, political science, and psychology.


City University of New York (CUNY)
Type: Public
City University of New York (CUNY) has 24 campuses located in New York City’s five boroughs. CUNY has 11 senior colleges offering baccalaureate degree programs, seven community colleges, and six graduate, honors, and professional schools. Manhattan is home to four of the senior colleges: Baruch College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and The City College of New York.
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Baruch College
Established: 1847
Enrollment: 15,210 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 27.7% (Fall 2016)
Baruch offers 29 undergraduate majors and 56 minors. Baruch offers programs in three unique schools: Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Marxe School of Public & International Affairs, and the Zicklin School of Business.


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Hunter College
Established: 1870
Enrollment: 16,723 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 38% (Fall 2016)
Hunter was NYC’s first teacher training program and today they carry on a proud tradition of achievement and commitment to preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators in over 40 specializations.


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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Established: 1964
Enrollment: 12,674 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 34% (Fall 2016)
John Jay offers a distinctive and rigorous liberal arts and professional education with a focus on justice.


OHNY City College of New York - Solar Roofpod and Harlem Garden for Urban Food 2

The City College of New York
Established: 1847
Enrollment: 13,317 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 45% (Fall 2016)
CCNY is the flagship college of the City University of New York (CUNY). CCNY offers undergraduate programs from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Grove School of Engineering, School of Education, Sophia Davis Biomedical Education, Division of Humanities and the Arts, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, Division of Science, and Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership.


Columbia University College Walk Court Yard 03Columbia University
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Research University.
Established: 1754
Enrollment: 8,712 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 6 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 6% (Fall 2016)
Columbia is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States and considered one of most prestigious universities in the world. Columbia will meet 100% of incoming student’s demonstrated financial need while they pursue their first degree. Columbia is composed of three undergraduate schools – Columbia College, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies. Popular majors at Columbia include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, English Language and Literature/Letters, and Social Sciences. The freshman retention rate is 99 percent which shows great student satisfaction.


Cooper Union New Academic Bldg from southCooper Union
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1859
Enrollment: 857 undergraduates (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 13% (Fall 2016)
Every admitted student receives a half-tuition scholarship per year and will be considered for additional merit based scholarships during the admission process. Cooper Union is composed of Schools of Architecture, Art, Engineering, and a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The founder, Peter Cooper, believed public engagement was essential to a thriving democracy and he designed a space to do so: The Great Hall. Abraham Lincoln delivered his “Right Makes Might” speech in the Great Hall. In addition, it has hosted Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and many more influential people.. The Great Hall was also the birthplace of the American Red Cross and the NAACP.


Juilliard School - Alice Tully HallThe Juilliard School
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Performing Arts Conservatory
Established: 1905
Enrollment: 490 undergraduate students (Fall 2015)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 5 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 7.2% (Fall 2015)
Juilliard is one the most famous performing arts conservatory in the world. Juilliard alumni have won more than 105 Grammy Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 26 Bessie Awards, 24 Academy Awards, 16 Pulitzer Prizes, and 12 National Medal for the Arts. Juilliard offers degrees and programs in Dance, Drama, and Music. Neighbors of The Juilliard School include the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, and many more. Juilliard also offers more than 100 practice rooms, 35 private teaching studios, six performance venues, and 275 Steinway pianos.


George CoE Stuy Square cloudy jehThe King’s College
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Liberal Arts College
Established: 1938
Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian
Enrollment: 533 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 41% (Fall 2016)
The King’s College mission is to education young leaders to integrate their faith, ethics, and morality into their lives and careers. All students participate in the core curriculum that comprises the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics in combination with the traditional liberal arts (history, literature, theology, science, and math). The King’s College offers nine degree programs (Business Management, Finance, Media, Culture & the Arts, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Religious and theological Studies, English, Philosophy, Humanities, and Journalism, Culture and Society) and 14 minors.


MarymountManhattanCollegeMarymount Manhattan College
Type: Private, not-for-profit, liberal arts college
Established: 1936
Affiliation: Formerly Roman Catholic
Enrollment: 2,069 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 78% (Fall 2016)
The mission of the college is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for meaningful lives and careers. The college has a liberal arts foundation and they believe real learning happens when students venture beyond their comfort zones. Therefore, students will be taking classes outside of their area of focus across a wide range of disciplines (philosophy, physics, politics, literature, art, and business). MMC offers 29 majors and 40 minors. The most popular programs include Business, Communication, and Visual and Performing Arts.


New School University Center in Manhattan October 2014 2The New School
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Research University
Established: 1919
Enrollment: 7,106 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 60% (Fall 2016)
Rankings are not everything, but The New School has been rated #1 for small classes, #1 Art and Design School, #1 Most International University, and #1 for Sustainable Buildings. Students at The New School come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 116 foreign countries. The New School offers 138 degree and diploma programs and majors, as well are more than 50 minors. The academic programs are housed in five college: Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, College of Performing Arts, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School for Social Research, and Parsons School of Design.


NYC - Washington Square Park - ArchNew York University
Type: Private, not-for-profit. Research University
Established: 1831
Enrollment: 26,135 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 32% (Fall 2016)
NYU is the largest private university in the United States. NYU offers more than 230 areas of study. Some of the more popular programs include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Business, Communication, Engineering, Liberal Arts,, Psychology Social Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. While research is usually reserved for graduate students at many universities, that is not the case at NYU. Undergraduates will have opportunities to work with professors on groundbreaking research, as well as conduct their own inquiries with the guidance of a faculty mentor.


Manhattan New York City 2009 PD 20091129 086Pace University
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1906
Enrollment: 8,914 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 84% (Fall 2016)
Pace University offers Pace Path – Customized goal setting, strong academics, and real-world professional experience. First year students will have the opportunity to “hit the ground running.” Students will start working on their major, have hands-on professional experience, and receive mentoring and advising. Pace offers more than 110 undergraduate majors and minors housed in the College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Education and the Seidenberg School of CSIS.


State University of New York (SUNY)
Type: Public
SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. SUNY is compromised of 64 institutions, including research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts, college, community colleges, colleges of technology, and an online learning network. SUNY Fashion Institution of Technology is located in Manhattan.
FIT 27th Street campus

Fashion institute of Technology (FIT)
Established: 1944
Enrollment: 9,085 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 40% (Fall 2016)
FIT offers 17 majors through the School of Art and Design, and ten through the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.


Yeshiva University Zysman Hall from southYeshiva University
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1886
Affiliation: Modern Orthodox Judaism
Enrollment: 2,714 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 51% (Fall 2016)
Yeshiva is the oldest and most comprehensive educational institution under Jewish auspices in the United States. Yeshiva is a leading academic research institution that reflects in the time-honored tradition of Torah Umaddad and provides high quality Jewish and secular education. The undergraduate schools offer a dual curriculum comprising Jewish studies and liberal arts and sciences courses. Popular courses of study include Biology, Business, Jewish Studies, Psychology, and Social Sciences.


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2 Comments on “Colleges to Consider in Manhattan

  1. Just wondering why Fordham Univ is not included in this article? Did you see anything about this Univ that you think it is not worth mentioning here?

    • Great question. There are so many colleges in New York and I’ll be cover the other boroughs at a later date. I am planning on including Fordham on the Bronx list since the main campus in in the Bronx. But, I will definitely be including information about the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan when I share information about Fordham. I hope this helps!

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