Top New York Community Colleges

  • For the 2018-19 school year, there are 99 top community colleges located throughout New York (48 public colleges and 51 private colleges), serving 424,700 students.
  • For New York community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,512 per year for in-state students and $10,202 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,236 per year (view national tuition costs).
  • The average community college acceptance rate in New York is 67% (view national acceptance rates).
  • New York community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.65 (view national diversity statistics).
  • Minority enrollment is 51% (majority Hispanic and Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 28:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(NY) School Average
Asian
6%
Hispanic
19%
Black
17%
White
49%
Two or more races
1%
Non Resident
4%
Unknown
4%

Top New York Community Colleges by Town (2018-19)

Recent Articles
The Online Education Initiative will greatly expand course offerings for community college students, while making the transfer process between institutions much more smooth. The Initiative has its critics, however, who decry the loss of local control over education.
A recent study reveals that job applicants with a credential or associate’s degree from a community college have slightly better chances of getting a job interview than students who attend a for-profit college or university. Since community colleges are much more budget friendly than for-profit institutions and have much better job placement results, community colleges are a much better option for employment-minded students.
After City College of San Francisco loses its accreditation, other community colleges in the state are facing warnings, sanctions and possible loss of accreditation as well.