2019 Best Online Colleges in New York

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This list highlights the best 25 online colleges in New York. New York University is ranked #1, with their tuition rates at $37,710 per year and a median salary of $102,903. They offer a B.A. in Social Sciences and a B.S. in Leadership Management Studies with 3 concentrations. SUNY at Albany is ranked #2 and costs $8,240 each year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 New York University Annual Tuition $37,710 Median Salary $102,903
#2 #2 SUNY at Albany Annual Tuition $8,240 Median Salary $90,238
#3 #3 Marist College Annual Tuition $20,250 Median Salary $91,480
#4 #4 New York Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $36,150 Median Salary $91,617
#5 #5 The King's College - NY Annual Tuition $15,000 Median Salary $88,631
#6 #6 Dominican College of Blauvelt Annual Tuition $19,140 Median Salary $87,225
#7 #7 The New School Annual Tuition $48,600 Median Salary $89,245
#8 #8 Mercy College Annual Tuition $18,400 Median Salary $84,596
#9 #9 Stony Brook University Annual Tuition $24,540 Median Salary $85,253
#10 #10 Excelsior College Annual Tuition $15,300 Median Salary $83,309
#11 #11 University at Buffalo Annual Tuition $10,380 Median Salary $81,617
#12 #12 SUNY College at Brockport Annual Tuition $16,650 Median Salary $82,380
#13 #13 St. John Fisher College Annual Tuition $20,100 Median Salary $82,203
#14 #14 Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Annual Tuition $17,270 Median Salary $81,100
#15 #15 Utica College Annual Tuition $14,250 Median Salary $79,403
#16 #16 Rochester Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $29,340 Median Salary $80,560
#17 #17 SUNY Empire State College Annual Tuition $10,633 Median Salary $75,291
#18 #18 Saint Joseph's College - New York Annual Tuition $27,230 Median Salary $77,225
#19 #19 The Sage Colleges Annual Tuition $17,700 Median Salary $75,586
#20 #20 SUNY College at Oswego Annual Tuition $8,240 Median Salary $72,263
#21 #21 SUNY College of Technology at Canton Annual Tuition $10,633 Median Salary $69,600
#22 #22 D'Youville College Annual Tuition $26,120 Median Salary $71,657
#23 #23 Roberts Wesleyan College Annual Tuition $13,464 Median Salary $68,532
#24 #24 SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Annual Tuition $8,240 Median Salary $67,650
#25 #25 SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Annual Tuition $8,240 Median Salary $62,595
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 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: $37,710
  • Median Salary: $102,903
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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New York University has 14 campus locations around the world, but their online degree and certificate programs truly provide education without borders to students all over the globe. They currently offer two online bachelor’s degrees: a BA in Social Science and a BS in Leadership and Management Studies. Their wide range of online graduate programs include an advanced certificate in bioinformatics, a Doctor in Occupational Therapy, and an MFA in Creative Writing (which includes short-term workshops in Paris). All courses are designed by the same renowned faculty that teach on campus. Traditional students can also take advantage of online classes to stay on track for graduation while studying abroad.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,240
  • Median Salary: $90,238
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Albany
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State University of New York at Albany has been providing online education programs for more than 20 years. Currently they offer one fully-online bachelor degree: a BS in Informatics. Graduate students can choose from 17 programs in the fields of education and public health that include a certificate in global health, an MS in Information Science School Library, and a PhD in Literacy. Online students have access to various university resources, including advising, tutoring, library services, the disability resource center, and the writing center.

  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • Median Salary: $91,480
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Poughkeepsie
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Marist College offers an online bachelor’s degree in professional studies for nontraditional students seeking to complete their university education. This customized degree allows students to combine several disciplines of their choice, including communication studies, information technology, leadership, project management, and psychology. Most online classes require no specific meeting times, giving students the flexibility to work on their own time. Occasionally an instructor will schedule a class discussion determined by the mutual availability of all students in the class. Many classes are offered in accelerated four- or eight-week sessions. MC also offers specialized programs for their adult learners, including awarding “life work credit” for prior learning experiences, adult internships in the student’s local community, and short-term study abroad opportunities.

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  • Annual Tuition: $36,150
  • Median Salary: $91,617
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Old Westbury, New York
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The New York Institute of Technology aims to provide students with an education that helps advance their professional career, and their online programs make this more accessible than ever. Their interdisciplinary studies program allows students to build their own BA, BS, or BPS degree program by choosing three concentrations that support their career development. They offer five master’s and seven certificate programs across the fields of education, engineering, and health. Coursework is asynchronous, meaning students are not required to log on at a certain time, which is perfect for the student who must fit studying in with work and family commitments.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • Median Salary: $88,631
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and NYSED
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New York
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The King’s College in New York offers online education taught with a Christian worldview. KCNY’s “Becoming King’s” program is perfect for students who want to save money by living at home for the first two years of college before moving to New York City to complete their degree on-campus. All online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to work at their own pace to complete their weekly assignments.  However, students are expected to log on at least 2-3 times per week to contribute to class discussions. Professors provide support via conference and video calls.

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,140
  • Median Salary: $87,225
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Orangeburg
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Dominican College of Blauvelt offers five online bachelor’s programs for non-traditional students who need flexibility in their pursuit of higher education. Earn a BS in Business Management or a BA in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, or Social Sciences without ever stepping foot on campus. DCB wants to make higher education accessible to everyone, which is why they recently lowered online tuition 25% and pair every distance student with a personal coach who ensures their academic success. Online students have access to all of the school’s student resources, such as tutoring, counseling, and career services; if students live in the area, they can even access the on-campus facilities such as the fitness center and computer labs.

  • Annual Tuition: $48,600
  • Median Salary: $89,245
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New York
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The New School offers nontraditional students from all over the world the opportunity to earn an online degree or certificate from this innovative university. Through their bachelor’s degree completion program, working adults can study creative writing, global studies, psychology, and more. The school’s five master’s programs include an MA in Media Studies and an MS in Strategic Design and Management. They also offer a range of certificate programs that include fashion business and digital marketing. Asynchronous coursework means students can access course materials and complete their work whenever is convenient for them. Small class sizes ensure that instructors can provide personalized instruction and help students bond with their online peers.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,400
  • Median Salary: $84,596
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dobbs Ferry
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Mercy College is a private university in New York with more than 30 degree and certificate programs offered entirely online. Earn a bachelor’s in behavioral science, business administration, nursing, and more. Their master’s programs cover fields such as education, health, and business. MC also offers an online accelerated bachelor’s degree in organizational management for adults who have already completed two years of college; students join a cohort and take one class every month, completing the degree in only 12 months. Online courses can be accessed 24/7, and the school also provides online resources including advising, tutoring, and career services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,540
  • Median Salary: $85,253
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Stony Brook
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Stony Brook University is a top-ranked public research institution that extends 23 of its degree and certificate programs to online learners. Registered nurses can complete their baccalaureate studies primarily online through SBU’s BSN program. The school’s online master’s programs in health and education include an MA in Higher Education Administration and an MS in Neonatal Nursing. Coursework is primarily asynchronous, meaning working adults don’t have to worry about fitting a class meeting into their busy schedule; they can study any time of day or night. Online student support services include academic advising, counseling, and writing help.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • Median Salary: $83,309
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Albany
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Excelsior College is a regionally accredited nonprofit online college that has awarded degrees to 170,000 students since it was founded as a distance learning institution in 1971. They offer thirty online degree programs in the fields of business, healthcare, liberal arts, nursing, public service, and technology. EC classes take place in eight-week sessions six times per year. The school seeks to cut costs associated with higher education by helping students receive course credit for prior learning experiences, professional credentials, departmental exams, and more. Half of EC students are active military or veterans, and three-fourths work full-time while earning their degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • Median Salary: $81,617
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Buffalo
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The University at Buffalo is a public research institution with many options for online degrees and advanced certificates. In the graduate school of education alone they offer 23 programs, including a certificate in gifted education, an MS in School Librarianship, and a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning. Another popular program is their RN to BSN degree, which utilizes an asynchronous approach to coursework so the busy schedule of a working nurse does not interfere with their goals for academic and career advancement.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • Median Salary: $82,380
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Brockport
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SUNY College at Brockport has been providing online education since 2000. Now their online programs include a wide array of undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in the fields of business, education, health, and more. They offer online courses in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, so students can choose the level of flexibility they need. Their online learning platform includes a student connection center, a place where distance learners can connect with their peers. This is also where they can communicate with the Online Concierge, a faculty member dedicated to supporting online students in any way possible.

  • Annual Tuition: $20,100
  • Median Salary: $82,203
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and MSCSS
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rochester
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St. John Fisher College is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution in Rochester, New York. They offer two fully online degrees that allow students to pursue their education from home. The first is an RN to BSN program that helps working nurses fit higher education into their busy schedules, and the second is an MS in Library Media for teacher librarians looking to specialize. Courses run on either a 7- or 14-week schedule, for which students should expect to commit 10 or 20 hours a week respectively for coursework. Classes are mostly asynchronous, but most contain some synchronous activities, such as class presentations.

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,270
  • Median Salary: $81,100
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Flushing
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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private specialty school located near LaGuardia airport in Queens, but their online programs allow students to study from any geographic location. They offer online associate and bachelor’s degrees in aviation maintenance and airport management, as well as certificates in both airport and airline management. The school utilizes a variety of formats for their online coursework, including videoconferencing, lecture-streaming, and an online platform that provides 24/7 access to course materials. Semester-long classes are offered in the fall and spring, with two six-week sessions available over the summer.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • Median Salary: $79,403
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Utica College is a private university offering a wide range of online programs for undergraduates and graduates alike. These include a bachelor’s in cybersecurity, a master’s in data science, a certificate in organizational risk assessment and management, and a post-professional doctor of physical therapy degree. Because class sizes are small, students receive personalized support from their professors and can live chat with them during online office hours. Online students also have access to other supportive staff members, including librarians, academic advisers, technicians, financial counselors, and student success coaches.

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Online Master's Degrees (28)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $29,340
  • Median Salary: $80,560
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rochester
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Rochester Institute of Technology has nearly 40 years’ experience with distance education, which presently includes over 30 online degree and certificate programs. Their program offerings consist of one associate degree, two bachelor’s programs, and a wide range of master’s and advanced certificate programs in fields such as business, engineering, health care, and more. Online students benefit from increased flexibility and affordability; programs begin five times a year, and online tuition rates are reduced 36-43%. Both semester-long and accelerated course options are available. In lieu of a physical campus, RIT’s Online Campus serves as a place where distance students can network with their peers, watch specialty presentations from faculty and guest speakers, and access student support services.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

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Online Certificate Programs (21)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • Median Salary: $75,291
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saratoga Springs
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SUNY Empire State College offers working adults the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree online without taking a leave of absence. Choosing from 12 primary subject areas, students seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree work with a faculty mentor to customize their major to complement their academic and professional goals. The school also offers an RN to BSN degree and 14 different master’s degrees in the fields of business, education, liberal studies, policy studies, and nursing. Some of these degrees require brief residencies. SUNY ESC offers online peer tutoring, and faculty are available by phone or email.

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  • Annual Tuition: $27,230
  • Median Salary: $77,225
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Brooklyn
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Saint Joseph’s College in New York is a private liberal arts institution offering a wide variety of online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs. Of their ten subject areas, the fields with the most course offerings are business, health administration, human resources, and human services. Undergraduate students can also add a minor in business, history, marketing, psychology, or religious studies. Online courses are offered at a lower rate than on-campus classes. Adult students can earn credit for real-world experience through SJC’s Prior Experiential Learning Assessment program.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,700
  • Median Salary: $75,586
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Troy
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The online programs offered by The Sage Colleges in New York were designed to provide working adults with the flexibility they need to earn a degree or certificate that will help them advance their career. Earn a bachelor’s of business administration while continuing to work full-time by studying whenever is convenient for you. The school also offers five master’s and five graduate certificates, including an MS in Organization Management and a certificate of advanced study in applied behavior analysis. Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and students will find out if they have been accepted within two weeks of submitting their application. The application fee is waived for online students.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,240
  • Median Salary: $72,263
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Oswego
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SUNY College at Oswego is a public institution offering online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs for distance learners. Students with an associate degree or transfer credits can complete their bachelor’s degree in one of four majors: broadcasting and mass communication, career and technical educator, criminal justice, or wellness management. Their online graduate studies include three master’s and three post-baccalaureate advanced certificates. These include a master of business administration degree and a certificate in integrated health systems. All of SUNY Oswego’s online programs are 100% remote and asynchronous, allowing students to complete their coursework whenever and wherever is convenient for them.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • Median Salary: $69,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Canton
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SUNY College of Technology at Canton is a four-year public institution offering sixteen different majors for their online undergraduate programs. At the associate level, students can choose between business administration, criminal justice, and general studies in liberal arts and sciences. They can also earn a bachelor’s in areas such as finance, homeland security, management, and nursing. Even learning from a distance, online students have access to a wide range of student resources, including virtual career fairs, online tutoring, specialized library services, and study abroad opportunities.

  • Annual Tuition: $26,120
  • Median Salary: $71,657
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Buffalo
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D’Youville College is a private institution in western New York that offers online degree and certificate programs; these provide busy working adults with the flexibility they need to study on their own time as they pursue their academic and professional goals. Further your nursing career through their RN to BSN degree program, completing your clinical work within your own community. Students can also earn a master’s in business administration, nursing education, or nursing management. DC even offers a post-master’s certificate in long-term care administration. All online courses are taught by the same faculty as on-campus, and the school’s Online Learning department helps equip the instructors to maximize the online format.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,464
  • Median Salary: $68,532
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rochester
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Roberts Wesleyan College is a private Christian liberal arts institution offering online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. At the undergraduate level, students can complete a BS in Health Administration, Nursing, or Organizational Management. The school’s ten master’s programs span the fields of business, teacher education, health administration, nursing, and theology. Classes are taught in a primarily asynchronous format, providing working adults with greater flexibility to fit studying into their busy schedules. The cohort format provides online students with a supportive group of peers, as well as a future professional network.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,240
  • Median Salary: $67,650
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Alfred
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SUNY College of Technology at Alfred has been providing distance education opportunities for over 30 years. Today, this is manifested through the online undergraduate programs offered by Alfred State Online. Students can choose from two associate degrees, two certificates, and five bachelor’s programs in the fields of business leadership, construction management, court reporting, healthcare, human services, and technology management. Alfred State Online students can work full- or part-time to complete their online degree in the time frame that is best suited for them. Online tutoring and career services are available to assist distance learners with their educational pursuits.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,240
  • Median Salary: $62,595
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Delhi
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Though located in the Catskill Mountains, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi educates students from all over the world through their online programs. These eight online degrees include an AOS in electrical construction and management, a BBA in Event Management, and an MS in Nursing Administration. Online courses are completely asynchronous; online students are required to participate in online discussion forums several times per week, but this can be done whenever is convenient for them. In lieu of exams for many of CTD’s online classes, students are assessed based on submitted research, writing assignments, and participation in class discussions.

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