2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in New York

New York has more than 372 post-secondary institutions, of which 64 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 16 are public four-year colleges or universities and 15 are public community or technical colleges and 33 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 930 online certificate programs, 6,237 online associate programs, 12,834 online bachelor’s programs, 7,867 online master’s programs, 9,852 online professional programs, and 1,985 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. Sonography, restaurant management, and forestry are examples of subjects offered by these programs.


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    Of the online colleges in New York, the one with the greatest number of programs online is Rochester Institute of Technology, a 4-year research university. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 107 online programs.

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    There are approximately 8.3 million employees in New York. The average wage of New York employees is more than the average wage for employees across the nation. Employees in New York earn an average annual income of $51,700 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $38,880 per year. But, the top 10 percent of the state’s employees earn over $97,680 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earn under $18,260.

    The three biggest industries in the state are:

    • Public administration: 5 percent
    • Educational and healthcare services: 28 percent
    • Arts and entertainment: 9 percent


    Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In New York, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $4,876 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $4,182 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $10,080 to $41,160 per year.


    The New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Educationsis the accrediting agency for colleges and universities in New York State. 

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      Located in the Northeast region of the United States, New York was named in honor of the Duke of York. The state, which has an area of 54,555 square miles, is the 25th smallest in the nation. It has an average annual temperature of about 49°F.

      Of the states in the country, New York has the 3rd largest population. It has an estimated population of 19,378,102 residents living in its 62 counties. An estimated 40 percent of those living in New York are less than 30 years old. Additionally, it has one of the most diverse populations in the country. An estimated 42 percent of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

      New York’s capital city is Albany. However, the state’s largest city is New York City, which has a population of 8,175,133 residents. Of the state’s residents, approximately 2.37 percent reside in the greater New York City area. Some of the other populous cities in New York are Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse.

      New York residents generally have an average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 18.7 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 6.1 percent have at least an associate degree, 4.7 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.