With my last semester coming to a close, college life is almost over for me. I’ve learned quite a bit of educational jargon and primarily left my partying at home. But I’m sure once I finally leave the classroom for good, I’ll probably miss the college days. I’m definitely not the same boy that first stepped into a college classroom when I was 18. I didn’t attend a “sleep away” university, so much of the college legend was lost on me but that doesn’t have to ring true to you. I’ve arranged a list of the sweetest colleges to apply to in New York. If you’re looking for the best colleges to attend then, my friend, you’ve stumbled onto the best article possible.
Still haven’t made your decision on which New York college to apply to? I’m here to help. Here’s a list of the top five colleges in NY that are simply too sweet to pass up. And when you finally get that degree, you’re gonna know who to thank.
Student Ranked (based on reviews): 10
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Average Tuition: $69,084 per year (full sticker price), $25,778 (after grants & scholarships)
Right in the heart of New York City, you can find your future path in life through Columbia University. Did you know that Barry O attended this university? That’s right! Our current (at least for now) president, Barack Obama, is a 1983 graduate of this university. This college definitely has presidential implications. Jim Carroll, who wrote the novel The Basketball Diaries, also attended this university. You may remember that drug-induced coming-of-age drama because it inspired a classic ’90s film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg. And did you know the guy who directed Scarface graduated from this university? That’s right! Brian De Palma, the director who encouraged the world to say “hello” to Tony Montana’s little friend, is a graduate of Columbia. It will be very competitive applying for this school, though it will be worth it if you get in. This is one of the most prestigious universities in the entire world, plus their parties aren’t too shabby either. It may be a bit pricey, but what isn’t in NYC? Seriously, New York City is freakin’ expensive in general. But you’ll be in good company. There will be some serious shoes for you to fill considering all of the famous people who’ve walked through Columbia.
Student Ranked (based on reviews): 9
Most Bang For Your Buck (Best Value): 8
Acceptance Rate: 28.7%
Average Tuition: $51,955 (tuition & fees), $67,290 (including room and board, books, etc.)
Now, this is what I’m talking about! Here is a college with both a calm, scenic view and a rowdy party culture. The campus itself looks absolutely gorgeous, like something from a postcard. This will be a beautiful school for you to both enjoy the view and party. This college is such a party school that it produced the “Broken Lizards” comedy troupe (they made awesome movies like Super Troopers, Beer Fest, and Club Dread). The guy who created “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” also attended this university. I wonder if he was inspired to give Rudolph a red nose after living through Colgate’s prevalent party scene. I imagine a red-in-the-face drunken frat boy may have been of some inspiration (though that’s only a wild guess). And if you really like college sports, here is the number three sports college in the entire state. If you’re a jock or a party animal, this is the college to attend. And their academics are pretty top notch too. Colgate University has so much to offer from parties to education to sports. What are you waiting for? Time to have an awesome college experience!
Student Ranked (based on reviews): 8
Acceptance Rate: 14%
Average Tuition: $50,953 (endowed colleges), $34,209 (land grant, in-state student)
Speaking of scenic beauty: Cornell is a portrait of wonder in New York. You’ll be right next to Pennsylvania, too. The sight is simply glorious to view. HBO political pundit Bill Maher attended this university, where he smoked so much pot (seriously, this guy burns it up). This college may not be the best at parties, but I’m sure you’ll find some fun somewhere (Bill Maher certainly did). Arguably, the most famous Superman in history attended this university. That’s right! Christopher Reeves is an alumnus of Cornell. So, if you’re looking to have a super time at college then look no further. You’ll be immersed in a truly beautiful setting.
Student Ranked (based on reviews): 6
Acceptance Rate: 26%
Average Tuition: $51,240
Hamilton College is another beautiful place to rest your bones and work on your career aspirations. I know I skipped number four on the student rankings for best colleges in New York, but that’s only because #7 is Barnard College, which is a private all-female college. So, since this article is aimed towards the bros, I’ve skipped down to Hamilton. One college freshman said, “I have no regrets about Hamilton. I love the small classes and sense of community on campus. The professors are great and so are the classes. As a freshman, I have had a much easier time adjusting to this school than many of my other friends at other colleges. The people are just very welcoming and friendly.” Entering college for the first time can be stressful, but according to that freshman, he or she adjusted fairly easily to life in Hamilton College. That freshman also had no regrets during his or her time on campus (which plenty of us simply cannot say).
New York University (NYU)
Student Ranked (based on reviews): 5
Acceptance Rate: 33%
Average Tuition: >$63,472 per year
Here is another university right in the beating heart of New York City. If you love city life and love to party then this is the right college for you. This university has 18 schools and colleges with a great catalog of courses from the arts to the sciences to the business world. This university has excellent programs to make sure you’re on the right path for success. NYU may also be the best party school in all of New York City. You’ll have a quality education at your fingertips plus an awesome party culture at a school where you can mingle and meet new friends. You may even meet that special someone here. Who knows? Party schools sound a lot less prudish by nature. What are you waiting for? It’s time to put your thinking cap on, get smart, and party!
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t name the school that has helped me so much along the way in my adult life. Queens College is a capsule of hope in the free world. Even if some of the teachers have obvious political views, many are as open to a diversity of ideas as much as culture (though some, not so much). It’s where the status quo is challenged and where the future breathes.
QC use to be a party school, but now it’s more about hitting the books and stuff. In 2014, Washington Monthly ranked Queens College as the #2 bang for your buck school in the nation. Jerry Seinfeld went to this school once, but never graduated. Their most famous graduate is the iconic porn star Ron Jeremy, who received a master’s degree in special education.