2020 Best Online Colleges in New York

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This list highlights the best 25 online colleges in New York, ranking schools using affordable tuition and reported alumni salaries. New York University tops the list, with a reported alumni salary of $105,900. Those pursuing an online RN to BSN should look at the #2-ranked school, Stony Brook University. Of schools offering a BSN program, Stony Brook University has the highest alumni salary, at $98,400. Excelsior College, ranked #8, offers 127 different bachelor’s degree programs, and might appeal more to those looking for a large range of options.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in New York, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $26,654 $105,900
#2 #2 $8,850 $98,400
#3 #3 $36,600 $95,900
#4 #4 $11,542 $91,800
#5 #5 $8,850 $91,400
#6 #6 $31,020 $92,200
#7 #7 $9,440 $87,400
#8 #8 $15,300 $85,600
#9 #9 $21,600 $86,200
#10 #10 $7,070 $82,500
#11 #11 $21,900 $84,300
#12 #12 $16,800 $82,300
#13 #13 $7,070 $80,200
#14 #14 $25,300 $81,100
#15 #15 $48,760 $83,300
#16 #16 $20,700 $79,400
#17 #17 $19,200 $78,100
#18 #18 $7,070 $76,000
#19 #19 $7,070 $75,000
#20 #20 $6,930 $74,500
#21 #21 $18,934 $74,000
#22 #22 $9,145 $71,100
#23 #23 $7,070 $68,900
#24 #24 $17,700 $70,300
#25 #25 $7,070 $66,800
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2020 Online Colleges in New York Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $26,654
  • Median Salary: $105,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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New York University (NYU) has a large focus on its international online program presence, providing high accessibility of its programs to students across the globe. NYU offers bachelor’s degrees in the fields of social sciences and leadership management, but the online college’s primary focus is educating students at the graduate level. The university offers a variety of doctoral, master’s, and advanced certificate programs. The fields of study are diverse and include law, business, engineering, education, and management. Each course is designed and delivered by the department faculty that facilitates on-campus learning and is based on research, analysis of student engagement, and progressive instructional practices.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Median Salary: $98,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Stony Brook
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Stony Brook University’s online degree program offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and advanced certificates. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering or nursing entirely online. The graduate-level degrees and certificates focus primarily on nursing, though programs in education, liberal studies, and coaching are also available. Stony Brook provides prospective online students with a comprehensive readiness guide to ensure online education is the right choice for them. This guide contains a readiness survey and an online course demo to introduce the differences in online learning and the expectations on the part of the student. 
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $36,600
  • Median Salary: $95,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Old Westbury, New York
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The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers several fully online degree and advanced degree programs. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies online, allowing them to tailor their studies to fit their career ambitions and to complete the program at their own pace. The graduate-level degrees and certificates include programs in education, health care, and energy management. NYIT’s online programs are asynchronous, meaning students can log in, complete readings, and turn in assignments at their own pace.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,542
  • Median Salary: $91,800
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New York
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) partners business management with fashion, design, and media development. FIT offers two degree programs: an associate in fashion business management and a bachelor’s degree in international trade and marketing for the fashion industries. These programs prepare students for a career in the business and marketing side of the fashion industry. Both programs are taught on-campus as well as online, and the coursework, materials, and assignments meet the same standards of academic quality regardless of the delivery method.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Median Salary: $91,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Albany
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SUNY at Albany offers several online degrees with a focus on graduate-level programs and the education discipline. Undergraduate students are limited to one degree, the Bachelor of Science in informatics. Graduate students may pursue a degree in the field of education, information science, literacy, reading, or public health. A PhD in either literacy or curriculum and instruction are also offered online. Additionally, the university offers nine certificates to those wanting to supplement their education. SUNY Albany comprehensively accommodates the needs of distance learners with remote advising, tutoring, and writing center platforms.
 

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $31,020
  • Median Salary: $92,200
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rochester
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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is geared toward educating students in the fields of business, engineering, computing, and design. The college is home to more than 40 online programs, providing one of the highest numbers of online options among colleges in New York. RIT hosts over 850 web-based courses, and students can earn a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree entirely online. Unique to RIT are the MicroMasters certificate courses the university hosts. MicroMasters courses are graduate-level learning experiences, and these courses often serve as stepping stones to master’s degrees.
 

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Certificate Programs (19)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,440
  • Median Salary: $87,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Buffalo
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The University at Buffalo (UB) offers a variety of fully online advanced certificate and degree programs, including a master’s level dedicated teacher education program and doctoral programs in nursing and education. One online undergraduate program is offered in nursing: RN to BSN. UB also provides undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a minor entirely online while focusing on their major through on-campus coursework. The online program at UB follows all on-campus standards, including course structure and instruction. Nonresidents of New York are offered the opportunity to pursue an online degree or certificate at a tuition rate less expensive than that of an on-campus program.
 

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • Median Salary: $85,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Albany
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Excelsior College is an online university with no brick-and-mortar campus, offering students programs, instruction, and resources devoted entirely to web-based learning. The college offers a wide variety of career-oriented degree programs in high-demand industries, including health sciences, nursing, public service, liberal arts, technology, and business. Excelsior College accepts transfer credits, professional training, healthcare credentials, and business certifications, allowing students to apply previous learning and earn an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in less time.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,600
  • Median Salary: $86,200
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Garden City
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Adelphi University provides career-centered online programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels. The online programs are geared toward educating students in high-demand fields of employment, including sport management, emergency services, and healthcare informatics. Adelphi is committed to providing its online students with the same quality of education delivered to its on-campus students. The Faculty Center for Professional Excellence provides instructors a wealth of resources, technology training, and best practice guides with the goal of creating a highly interactive and media-rich web-based learning environment.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $82,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Utica
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute houses online programs primarily in the fields of technology and health care. SUNY Poly offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and four certificates in several career-focused fields of study, including nursing, accounting, and cybersecurity. As a member of SUNY Open, the State University of New York’s online degree platform, students enrolled in an online program at SUNY Poly have access to a wide array of online support services offered by the university system.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $21,900
  • Median Salary: $84,300
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Poughkeepsie
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Marist College offers several master’s degrees, two advanced certificates, and two bachelor’s degrees delivered entirely online. The master’s and advanced certificate programs are available in fields such as business, information systems, and marketing. Students may earn their bachelor’s degree in professional studies, a unique interdisciplinary major that allows students to tailor their program of study to fit their future career goals. Online students learn in a collaborative and interactive web-based environment with instruction, materials, and resources identical to those available to on-campus students.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,800
  • Median Salary: $82,300
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rockville Centre
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Molloy College hosts several online certificate and degree programs, primarily in the fields of business and health care. Bachelor’s degree programs are offered in fields such as nursing, health service leadership, and interdisciplinary studies. The interdisciplinary studies program allows students the opportunity to tailor their studies according to their career ambitions and to earn their degrees at their preferred pace. An MBA is offered with several concentrations including finance, healthcare, and management. One doctoral degree in educational leadership and several certificate programs are also offered online.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $80,200
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Syracuse
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is New York’s dedicated environmental engineering, management, policy, and design university. The online program offerings are limited but growing. ESF offers two online graduate-level certificate programs to complement a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a discipline of environmental science: radiation curing chemistry and environmental leadership. The college introduced its first fully online bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2019. The Bachelor of Science in sustainability management is the only one of its kind in New York and prepares graduates to enter the field with real-world expertise.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $25,300
  • Median Salary: $81,100
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Flushing
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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology offers instruction and degree programs dedicated to the fields of engineering, technology, and aviation. Online certification and degree programs are specific to aviation. Students can earn a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in areas including airport and airline management, aviation management, or aviation maintenance management. The online programs are asynchronous, meaning students can access course materials and assignments at any time. Certain courses also offer streamed instruction or lectures in DVD format.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $48,760
  • Median Salary: $83,300
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New York
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The New School offers several online programs primarily in the media, design, and management industries through their online platform, Open Campus. Through Open Campus, distance learners can earn certificates, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Their bachelor’s degree for adults and transfer students is available as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. This unique program provides nontraditional students the opportunity to design and complete an interdisciplinary style bachelor’s degree with personalized advising and coursework chosen from more than 200 online classes. Online courses use the Canvas learning management system; the Zoom videoconferencing platform is also sometimes used.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $20,700
  • Median Salary: $79,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and MSCSS
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rochester
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St. John Fisher College is home to highly interactive online degree opportunities, including an RN to BSN program of study, and a master’s degree in library media. The online coursework is primarily asynchronous, allowing students the flexibility to complete readings and assignments at their convenience. Many courses do, however, host several real-time communication opportunities. Students use web conferencing, individual and group chats, and live streaming to attend class meetings, presentations, and office hour conferences with instructors. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $19,200
  • Median Salary: $78,100
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Orangeburg
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The Dominican College of Blauvelt offers online bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees. The programs offered reflect several fields of study, including psychology, business management, criminal justice, communication studies, nursing, and social sciences. Online programs offer the support and flexibility that students balancing other responsibilities need to succeed. Distance learners receive access to many resources including a dedicated personal coach, counseling services, access to the on-campus fitness center, and the ability to transfer in up to 90 credits of previous college coursework. Additionally, some students may be able to take advantage of tuition deferment or employee discounts.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $76,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Farmingdale
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Farmingdale State College (FSC) offers a couple of online programs for distance learners. The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene is designed to continue the education of students who have earned an associate degree in the discipline. This degree is intended to advance the student’s knowledge and create additional opportunities for the hygienist, including research and teaching. An online RN to BSN completion program is also offered online. Both programs are facilitated through Open SUNY, the online degree platform of the State University of New York system. Earning a degree from FSC through Open SUNY allows for an entirely remote learning experience, with an array of support services offered through the state university system.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $75,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Oswego
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SUNY College at Oswego offers online bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields of study, including business administration, criminal justice, and broadcasting and mass communication. Master's degrees in the fields of business, health services, education, and biomedical and health informatics, and certificates in several specialized areas are also available. Online students have access to the Sharing Technology and Academic Resources, or STAR-NY consortium, a consortium offering online tutoring sessions with expert tutors throughout New York’s state university system. Oswego's online courses are facilitated through Open SUNY, the web-based platform that administers online degrees offered by SUNY universities. Open SUNY offers support services and resources for both prospective and current students, such as financial aid and demo courses.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • Median Salary: $74,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New York
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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers a variety of online programs with an emphasis in the field of criminal justice, including a bachelor’s degree, several master’s degrees, and advanced certificates. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in security management, graduate-level students may pursue studies in criminal investigation, emergency management, and international crime and justice. CUNY John Jay is dedicated to providing online students with the same resources that are available to on-campus students; offerings include advising, career counseling, financial aid services, and library access.

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,934
  • Median Salary: $74,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dobbs Ferry
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Mercy College provides students a wealth of online programs, including associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and advanced certificates. Altogether, the college offers more than 30 fully online degree and certificate programs in a diverse variety of disciplines similar to those offered on-campus. In addition to more than 200 online course offerings, Mercy College students are given access to remote academic advising and an online bookstore and learning center, providing them the same resources, support, and materials available to on-campus students.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,145
  • Median Salary: $71,100
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saratoga Springs
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SUNY Empire State College offers students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree online in a variety of fields, including liberal studies, education, business management, and nursing. Undergraduate degrees can be earned online through one of the college’s 12 academic departments. Students may choose to complement their undergraduate or graduate education by pursuing one or more of SUNY ESC’s advanced certificates, which are also offered online. Distance learners have access to award-winning peer tutoring and a dedicated faculty mentor.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $68,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Alfred
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SUNY College of Technology at Alfred (SUNY Alfred) offers students the opportunity to earn a career-oriented associate or bachelor’s degree entirely online. The college is home to several bachelor’s degree programs in fields including construction, business, and healthcare management. Associate degrees and certificates are available in court reporting, healthcare coding, and information technology. The online programs at SUNY Alfred are designed to educate and prepare students to enter the workforce immediately following completion of the certificate or degree. The college’s online education office offers students remote academic support, a career search platform, and the ability to communicate with other students.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $17,700
  • Median Salary: $70,300
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Troy
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Russell Sage Online at The Sage Colleges offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in high-demand fields, including business administration, nursing, health services administration, and applied behavior analysis and autism; many programs offer specialized credentials. Additionally, the college houses a variety of certificate programs for professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in specific areas. Students can pursue a degree on an accelerated schedule, earning their online degree in less time.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (4)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,070
  • Median Salary: $66,800
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Delhi
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SUNY College of Technology at Delhi offers several online degrees, including six bachelor’s programs in fields such as criminal justice, management, and nursing, and two master’s programs in nursing. The online coursework allows students to work at their own pace with dedicated remote learning support. Approved transfer credits can be applied to the coursework required of the student’s program of study, including those earned online or in-person at another university. SUNY Delhi’s online programs do not have a residency requirement, meaning students who reside outside of New York do not pay higher tuition than residents of the state.
 

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in New York (102)

Many of New York State's 102 accredited online colleges offer affordable tuition rates, with Genesee Community College providing the most affordable option at $5,180 per year. Prospective teachers will find that there are many different options to choose from, including the Master of Science degrees offered by SUNY College at Brockport, the B.S. in Vocational Teacher Preparation degrees offered by SUNY College at Oswego, and the EDM in English Education - Professional degree offered by University at Buffalo.

At a Glance:

  • About one-third of the accredited online colleges in New York state have tuition rates of less than $15,000
  • The New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPS) provides eligible New York State resident borrowers with affordable fixed interest rate student loans to attend qualified degree granting colleges throughout the state.
  • The Excelsior Scholarship allows resident students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

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