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Having one of the largest higher education systems in the nation makes it difficult to sum up the depth of New York’s offerings and initiatives. The state has over 300 postsecondary schools, awards more grant money than every state except California and, as of 2012, was reported to enroll nearly 83,000 fully online students in its public and private schools. The state also has a remarkable number of support services dedicated to its distance students, from consortiums of schools to pacts with neighboring states, all of which we’ll explore below.

So, before we dive into the best online colleges in NY, let’s begin with the state of higher education and online education in particular in New York today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in New York

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that New York had 303 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 78 public schools, 178 nonprofits and 47 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 60,278 at public schools, 68,473 at private nonprofits and 3,855 at private for-profits.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $7,640, while the out-of-state average was $19,310, the 7th lowest out-of-state tuition amongst states.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that New York awarded $947.6 million in need-based grants and $30.4 million in nonneed grants for the ’13-’14 school year. New York’s total grant aid is the 2nd highest amongst states. Grants also make up 18.5% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education.

All told, New York is one of the most desirable states to pursue an education, with a tremendous amount of opportunities, excellent in-state and out-of-state rates and the 2nd largest pool of financial support in the nation.


The State of Online Higher Education in New York

The NCES estimates that at least 6.1% of students enrolled in New York’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 83.9% were reported to be undergraduates and 47.5% were found to be living in New York, indicating the state does an excellent job of attracting out-of-state distance students.

Two leading advocates of online education in New York are the New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA) and the New York State Distance Learning Consortium (NYSDLC). NYDLA identifies itself as the, “Premier remote work, distance/digital learning and collaboration association in the United States and beyond.” While such associations are often geared towards students in need of a directory of courses and cross-institutional exchanges, the NYDLA is instead focused on the professionals of online education, providing them with resources like blogs, conferences and podcasts that track the latest efforts in distance education in New York.

The NYSDLC, on the other hand, serves students directly, offering them the chance to pursue distance courses across a whole host of New York institutions, both at the high school and collegiate levels. A major selling point of the organization seems to be its efforts to ensure students receive the credit they deserve for any distance courses completed in New York, making them a vital resource to any distance student who earns their degree across several institutions. While the extent of their online collegiate offerings appear to vary semester by semester, it’s clear the NYSDLC is a strong advocate for higher quality online learning at all levels of New York education.

New York is also one of six states allied under the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). Through this partnership, students enrolled at public colleges in member states can take advantage of non-resident tuition breaks, shared programming and simplified transfer processes. Benefits of the NEBHE are available to both online and on-campus students. For students at online colleges in NY, this can often mean they are able to pursue individual courses at universities that fall under the agreement, earning credits toward their degree at another institution — often at comparable or even further reduced rates.


Best Online Colleges in New York

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in New York. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of New York, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in New York or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester
$34,424

An Online Education at Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT is no stranger to distance education ― they have been offering remote learning options for over 30 years. Prospective students have the option to enroll undergraduate or graduate degree programs held completely online. This institution takes digital course delivery seriously, guiding new students with a wealth of student services, such as class enrollment assistance, tutoring, a writing lab and career advising. RIT uses the myCourses system to give students access to discussion boards, reading materials, and multimedia.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Arts and Science BS

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive MBA
  • Health Systems Administration MS
  • Manufacturing Leadership MS
  • Applied Statistics MS
  • Product Development MS
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS
  • Facility Management MS

RIT recommends that all future students take the SmartMeasure online learning assessment before applying to a distance-learning program. This brief, 15 minute exam can help applicants discover whether they are prepared for online coursework.

Finally, students who are not seeking a degree can enroll in many RIT certificate programs or individual courses provided entirely online.

Contact Information

1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-2411


Acclaim for online programs

  • #184on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #25on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #20on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #43on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

New York University

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New York University
New York
$44,848

An Online Education at New York University

NYU provides humanities and management professionals with several competitive online degree and certificate programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. Most of these opportunities are delivered through blended and fully online formats, giving students the flexibility to control their levels of digital and face-to-face classroom engagement. Students will need to have a webcam and microphone so they can participate in online classroom conferences using the BigBlueButton platform. Learning materials and more collaborative tools are distributed through the Sakai course management system.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Social Sciences
  • B.S. in Leadership and Management Studies

Graduate applicants should note that exam scores for the GRE or GMAT are not required, but they should be prepared to send in other supplementary materials, such as a personal state, resume, recommendation letters and transcripts.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Management and Systems
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development
  • M.S. in Translation
  • M.S. in Professional Writing

Since students will be joining live web conferences, applicants should be prepared for some scheduled, synchronous online classroom sessions. NYU provides online learners with access to a 24/7 IT Service Desk, which can be reached by calling 1-212-998-3333.

Contact Information

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091
(212) 998-1212


Acclaim for online programs

  • #8on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University
Stony Brook
$7,995
$19,935

An Online Education at Stony Brook University

The undergraduate and graduate online programs at Stony Brook University have different deadlines. Applications to online bachelor degree program is May 1, but the deadline for the online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) is June 15, with an acceptance rate of 84%. Please note that these business programs are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The deadline for online graduate programs in education is June 15, with 86% of applicants accepted, and program administrators want students to know that the workload can exceed that of face-to-face classes. The Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program is for students with a diploma in Nursing or an Associate’s degree. The deadline for applying to the Graduate Nursing Program is December 15, with a 59% acceptance rate. Adobe Connect, Blackboard, and Google Applications are all learning platforms used at Stony Brook University.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Some prerequisites require on-site coursework)
  • Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration
  • Master of Science in Nutrition
  • Registered Nurse Baccalaureate to Master’s Program
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Physician Assistant
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human Resource Management

Contact Information

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #13Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #45Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #107Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Marist College

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Marist College
Poughkeepsie
$31,290

An Online Education at Marist College

Marist College distinguishes itself from the other colleges listed here through its use of the iLearn [PDF] collaborative environment, an online platform comprised of a digital library, online discussion forums, real-time text chat, class wikis and a private messaging system. The majority of distance programs are delivered asynchronously, so that students have the freedom to log on at any time during the day or night. However, professors may occasionally schedule real-time chat sessions, which will be scheduled and discussed at the beginning of each semester. Marist recommends that students dedicate 8-12 hours per week to homework for each course.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA/BS Liberal Studies

Most of the graduate programs at Marist require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores, along with a personal essay and letters of recommendation. Some departments have minimum graduate score requirements, so prospective online learners should take note of these while applying.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology-Hybrid
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication

Marist College invests in new student preparation by hosting a mandatory iLearn Orientation. This session covers information vital to the distance learning and course collaboration experience at Marist.

Contact Information

3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #47on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #52on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #31on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)

Saint Joseph's College-New York

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Saint Joseph's College-New York
Brooklyn
$21,878

An Online Education at Saint Joseph's College-New York

Saint Joseph's College provides a light selection of professional certificates, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree that can be earned completely online. The online certificate programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. This small liberal arts college relies on a handful of online learning utilities. Course materials, class discussions and exams are delivered through the popular Blackboard education platform, while documents and communications are shared through Google Apps. SJC also uses the WebAdvisor platform to give students access to their tuition bill, class registration systems and grades. Some SJC online programs also use the TurnItIn system to verify assignment originality.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management

Graduate students applying to the online Executive MBA program are eligible to earn funding through the Thomas A. Doherty Scholarship or the Graduate Management Studies Leadership Scholarship.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive MBA

Contact Information

245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3688
(718) 940-5300

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

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SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
Alfred
$6,470
$16,320

An Online Education at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

The undergraduate online degree programs at Alfred State provide upper-division opportunities to students with associate’s degrees, leading to Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and/or Business. In addition to their Bachelor’s Degree programs, the school also offers fully online Associate degrees in Health Information Technology and Court and Realtime Reporting. Certificates in Coding & Reimbursement, as well as Court Reporting & Captioning, are also available. Students enrolled in online courses may take advantage of all the academic support services the campus offers, including online tutoring and career search assistance. All programs use the Blackboard Learning System. Students can apply using the SUNY application or the Common Application.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Nursing
  • BBA Technology Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • SUNY College of Technology at Alfred does not offer online Graduate programs.

Contact Information

10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
(800) 425-3733

The New School

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The New School
New York
$40,426

An Online Education at The New School

This private college offers a wide range of online, creative arts degree programs at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Canvas is the learning platform of choice at The New School, allowing students to access course announcements, lecture notes, assignments and discussions on a 24/7, asynchronous schedule. One of the most unique things about the Canvas platform is the support for iOS and Android mobile environments through its official apps. This allows students to easily access course materials on the go from smartphone and tablets.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • AAS in Fashion Marketing at Parsons
  • AAS in Graphic Design at Parsons
  • BA/BS in Liberal Arts at The New School for Public Engagement

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons
  • MS in Media Management at NSPE
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) at NSPE
  • MA in Media Studies at NSPE

While it is a private institution, The New School was chartered by the New York State Education Department's Board of Regents. Students are encouraged to check the State Authorizations page to ensure that New School has obtained distance-learning approval in one's state of residence.

Contact Information

66 W 12th Street
New York, NY 10011-8603
(212) 229-5600

CUNY Lehman College

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CUNY Lehman College
Bronx
$6,108
$12,618

An Online Education at CUNY Lehman College

In Fall 2015, Lehman College offered more completely online courses than any other senior college in the CUNY system, including fully online or hybrid courses in Accounting, Business, History, Exercise Science, General Studies, and Arts & Humanities. The only completely online degree program they offer is the Nursing RN to BS. Admission to the program is available to students with Associate’s degrees in Nursing, or RPNs licensed in New York State with a diploma from a hospital school of nursing. All courses use the Blackboard Online Learning Platform. IT Support and training workshops in computer skills are available to online students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Fully Online Nursing RN to BS

Contact Information

250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8000

The Sage Colleges

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The Sage Colleges
Troy
$28,000

An Online Education at The Sage Colleges

With an emphasis on flexibility, fast-track to graduation programs, and affordability, Russell Sage Online, the distance learning component of The Sage Colleges, is clearly geared towards busy professionals. The Sage Colleges date back to 1916 and Russell Sage Online was established in 2014. The site has streamlined the process of applying for online degree programs. There is no application fee. Moodle, Smartboard, Mahara, and Gradebook are learning platforms and applications used by the online programs here.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • BS in Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism
  • MS in Applied Nutrition
  • MS in Health Services Administration
  • MS in Organization Management

Contact Information

65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2000

Touro College

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Touro College
New York
$15,250

An Online Education at Touro College

Touro College offers online courses for undergraduate students in New York and Israel, as well as the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, but the only fully online degree program is the Advanced Placement Physician Assistant Master’s Completion Track. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, graduated from an accredited Physician assistant program, and received certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Students completing the program receive a MS degree. The Blackboard Online Learning Platform is used for courses, and assignments are submitted through Safeassign.

However, Touro University Worldwide (TUW) is a network of Jewish-sponsored institutions of higher education, with extensive online degree opportunities. The admission practices are streamlined to simplify the process for distance learners.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
    • Health Care Administration
    • Health Education
    • Long-Term Care Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Advanced Placement Physician Assistant Master’s Completion Track
  • Touro University Worldwide offers the following graduate programs:
    • Master of Arts in Psychology
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Master of Science in Health Sciences
    • Health Education
    • Public Health

Contact Information

27-33 W 23rd St
New York, NC 10010
(212) 463-0400

Roberts Wesleyan College

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Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester
$27,364

An Online Education at Roberts Wesleyan College

This Christian College, originally founded by the Free Methodists, provides a small selection of fully online programs at the certificate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Some online programs are delivered in an accelerated schedule, when compared to their campus-based counterparts. Students attending RWC sign into virtual classrooms powered by Moodle, a platform that gives students access to course assignments, reading materials and discussion boards. All courses can be access on an asynchronous schedule, which means students can participate in class 24/7, rather than having to sign on at specific times.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management B.S.
  • Health Administration B.S
  • RN to BS

The online graduate programs at RWC can be completed within the span of 16-20 months. Graduate applicants are not required to submit pre-admission test scores for exams such as the GRE or GMAT.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Special Education M.Ed.
  • Nursing Education M.S.
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration M.S.
  • Healthcare Informatics Administration M.S.
  • Strategic Leadership M.S.

When it comes to education costs, RWC includes the price of books and an iPad within the tuition for select online degree programs. These special programs can be identified on the school's directory of online certificate and degree programs.

Contact Information

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 594-6000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #184on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Saint John Fisher College

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Saint John Fisher College
Rochester
$28,430

An Online Education at Saint John Fisher College

This private college offers current nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing 100% online. Unlike other RN to BSN programs listed here, the SJFC program does not include site-based clinical experiences. This undergraduate program is designed to be completed within just 12 to 18 months of study. Each online course runs for a duration of seven weeks. Like the majority of RN-to-BSN degree programs, applicants must have already completed a diploma or associate program in nursing and hold a valid U.S. nursing license before starting this undergraduate program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Nursing students use the Blackboard learning management system to access course materials, discussion boards and assignments. This is a particularly interactive degree program, which includes real-time, synchronous web conferences with classmates, instructors and guest speakers. This means students will be expected to sign on at pre-arranged times to attend these events. AV equipment such as webcams and microphones are a necessity for these web conferences.

Contact Information

3690 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

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SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh
$7,179
$16,629

An Online Education at SUNY College at Plattsburgh

This school uses the Moodle learning management system to provide nursing students with access to digital assignments, reading materials and discussion boards.

This degree program is designed for current registered nurses who wish to develop their professional skills and earn a bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in the online RN to BSN program have a maximum of six years to complete the program, however the typical plan of study for part-time and full-time students ranges between 2-3 years.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Nurses must first meet specific requirements to be considered for admission, including current RN licensure in the state of New York, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and completion of a valid state or Canadian province nursing program.

Contact Information

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Flushing
$20,450

An Online Education at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Future aviation professionals can earn an online undergraduate education through Vaughn's innovative programs. All programs are designed for current aviation professionals, with some undergraduate programs requiring applicants to either have an Airframe or Powerplant certificate. Online students will get to immerse themselves in the collaborative classroom experience by using video conferencing and streaming tools. Lectures are delivered through streaming video or through DVDs. Each course runs for 16 weeks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Aviation maintenance AAS, BS
  • Aviation maintenance management BS
  • Airport management AAS, BS

Vaughn relies on the Sakai 10 platform to provide a collaborative virtual classroom environment and the BigBlueButton video viewer to deliver multimedia content. In line with the video-centric learning style, prospective students can preview both Sakai and BigBlueButton through introductory videos. All courses are run in an asynchronous schedule. Vaughn's online tuition structure is particularly noteworthy, since distance learners pay the same tuition costs as campus-based students.

Contact Information

86-01 23rd Avenue
Flushing, NY 11369
(718) 429-6600

Medaille College

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Medaille College
Buffalo
$23,812

An Online Education at Medaille College

Students and faculty who participate in online courses at Medaille College operate on a distinctive weekly schedule that starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday. Online courses are delivered through the prevalent Blackboard digital system. Courses are asynchronous, giving students with the freedom to sign on at any time, so long as weekly discussion and assignment deadlines are met. The comprehensive virtual classroom environment provides students with access to class blogs, live chat sessions, email, lecture video and discussion boards.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate in Science in General Studies
  • Associate in Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

Applicants do not need to submit graduate exam scores, such as the GRE or the GMAT, to be considered for the online master's degree programs at Medaille. Online graduate students may also be eligible for in-house scholarship funding based off information provided on one's main admissions application; no additional forms are necessarily to be considered for Medaille online scholarships.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Business Administration

The Credit for Life and Work Experience assessment is a unique advising option that helps new students obtain college credits for previous work experiences and skills. Advisors guide online students through the application process. Credits granted based on experience can help students save money and reduce their course burden.

Contact Information

18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

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SUNY College of Technology at Canton
Canton
$7,181
$11,351

An Online Education at SUNY College of Technology at Canton

SUNY Canton provides undergraduate students with two online degree options. Students can either enroll in a fully online degree programs or take a 2+2 degree completion program for those who have already earned a professional license (applicable only to dental hygiene and nursing). The virtual classroom environment is powered through a combination of ANGEL and Blackboard platforms, giving students access to a diverse range of collaboration tools, such as shared academic files, discussion boards and web conferences.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Finance
  • Legal Studies
  • Management

The unique SUNY Canton Tutoring Center ensures that online learners have access to face-to-face academic assistance with Skype and webcam options. This remote learning center provides support for a wide range of assignment subjects, including math, science, business, engineering and general studies. Students with disabilities are invited to contact the Office of Accommodative Disability Services to learn about remote learning resources and assistive technologies available for online classes.

Contact Information

34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617-1098
(315) 386-7011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #58on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

St John's University - New York

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St John's University - New York
Queens
$37,260

An Online Education at St John's University - New York

The College of Professional Studies at SJU oversees a wide range of associate, bachelor's and master's programs that can be earned 100% online. Professionals can also explore several advanced certificate programs online. The virtual classroom environment at SJU is run by Blackboard, a popular academic platform that facilitates student participation through discussion boards, chat sessions and webmail. All courses follow an asynchronous format without scheduled online meetings, so that students have the freedom to sign on 24/7.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration AS
  • Criminal Justice AS
  • Liberal Arts AA
  • Criminal Justice BS
  • Administrative Studies BS
  • Liberal Studies BA

There are several online graduate degrees offered by SJU's School of Education for aspiring educators and school administrators. Some of these programs require a valid New York State teaching certification, while others provide tracks for applicants without teaching certifications.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Library Science-Law Librarianship MS
  • Taxation MS
  • Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education MSEd
  • TESOL MSEd
  • School Building Leadership MSEd
  • Library and Information Science MS
  • Global Development and Social Justice MA

Before applying to the following online programs, prospective students are encouraged to email onlinelearning@stjohns.edu to determine whether this college's online courses are authorized in one's home state.

Contact Information

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-6161


Acclaim for online programs

  • #34on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #36on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #47on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Adelphi University

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Adelphi University
Garden City
$30,800

An Online Education at Adelphi University

Adelphi University has a rolling deadline for applying to its online programs. The university’s acceptance rate is 72.4%. Incoming students have a mean high school GPA of 3.45, and a combined SAT score of 1, 681.7. Resources for online students include The Writing Center and The Learning Center, which offer tutoring in vital academic skills. Adelphi University Libraries provide students with direct access to more than 80,000 free eBooks.The only fully online bachelor’s degree program at Adelphi University is a BS in Emergency Services Administration. This institution uses Moodle as its online learning platform. Students can access course material at their convenience, because all online courses are recorded and archived.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS in Emergency Services Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Nutrition
  • M.S. in Healthcare Informatics
  • M.S. in Emergency Management
  • M.S. in Sport Management

Contact Information

South Ave
Garden City, NC 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

Houghton College

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Houghton College
Houghton
$27,728

An Online Education at Houghton College

Houghton College is rated as one of the top 50 Christian colleges in the U.S. Students at Houghton College can complete their undergraduate Business degrees online, although the first two terms of the three-term program require classroom participation. Four different majors are offered within the Business program; Management, Leadership Development, Human Resources Management, Integrated Marketing & Communication. Some students can complete the program in as little as 18 months. Admission requirements include two years of work experience, 63 transfer hours, and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Moodle is the online learning platform this institution uses.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Business
  • B.B.A. in Business Administration

Contact Information

1 Willard Ave
Houghton, NC 14744
(585) 567-9200

Dominican College of Blauvelt

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Dominican College of Blauvelt
Orangeburg
$24,790

An Online Education at Dominican College of Blauvelt

Prospective students exploring the independent Dominican College can choose from bachelor and doctoral degree programs delivered completely online, or, for non-degree seeking students, individual courses. This institution is particularly noteworthy for students who receive tuition assistance from their employers, since payments can be deferred until the end of the term.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Online students use the Blackboard learning management system to access digital coursework, turn in assignments, take quizzes and discuss course materials on message boards. DC has created a virtual tour for prospective distance learners, allowing students to become further acquainted with remote student services, which include career counseling, health services and tutoring. Online students who live in the vicinity of the Rockland County location are also eligible to use campus-based services, including the indoor gym, track and fitness center.

Contact Information

470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1210
(845) 359-7800

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

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SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Delhi
$7,200
$11,370

An Online Education at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

SUNY Delhi hosts online classes in Vancko Hall, with the virtual learning environment driven by Moodle, an extremely accommodating platforms. Online learners are given the flexibility of enrolling part-time or full-time for all online program offerings. For additional scheduling freedom, online courses at SUNY Delhi are held on an asynchronous schedule, so students can sign on and complete coursework 24/7. Online learners discuss course materials using a number of engaging, collaborative tools, such as live chat rooms, discussion boards, streaming video and email.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Criminal Justice
  • AOS Electrical Construction and Instrumentation
  • RN to BSN

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN or Nursing Education master's program should note that these two programs require the completion of a practicum before graduation. These practicum experiences are held at healthcare organizations in proximity to students.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS Nursing Education

Once enrolled, students gain access to specialized support services designed to guide online learners through the distance learning process. Academic advisors provided support for degree plans, course schedules and class registration. Online students can also work with the Delhi Service Center for technical assistance.

Contact Information

2 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #18on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Dowling College

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Dowling College
Oakdale
$28,390

An Online Education at Dowling College

The degree offerings at this private college include a handful of graduate degree programs that can be completed fully online. The Blackboard system, which powers Dowling's virtual classroom experience, is a recognizable, established platform at many institutions. Through Blackboard, students are able to access shared academic resources, post to community message boards and access online exams.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Literary Education
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology Leadership

Dowling supports its online students with several personalized services from the very beginning of the admissions journey all the way through graduation. First, an admissions advisor reviews prospective students' applications. After admission, a program manager guides students through class registration and conducts regular check-ins throughout the program. Faculty members are available online for individualized support. Lastly, students can get tech assistance from the Student Support Services office by calling 631-244-3335.

Contact Information

150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
(631) 244-3000

SUNY College at Oswego

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SUNY College at Oswego
Oswego
$7,181
$16,631

An Online Education at SUNY College at Oswego

The online MBA program at SUNY-Oswego is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, one of the most highly regarded accrediting agencies for business schools. It has a rolling application deadline, and most students are working when they start taking classes through this program. Along with three fully online Bachelor’s degree programs, this school also offers Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificates in Health Information Technology and Integrated Health Systems. Online students are able to access academic advising, financial aid services, career placement assistance, digital library materials, technical support, and live tutors and librarians. Courses are taught by nine full-time and four part-time faculty. ANGEL is the system used for all SUNY-Oswego online courses.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s degree program in Broadcasting and Mass Communication
  • Bachelor’s degree program in Public Justice
  • Bachelor’s degree program in Vocational Teacher Preparation

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Business Administration in Health Administration

Contact Information

7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NC 13126
(315) 312-2500


Acclaim for online programs

  • #57in the U.S. News and World Report Best Online MBA rankings

The College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle
$31,260

An Online Education at The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle's nursing department offers two degrees fully-online — the RN to BSN program and a post-master's certificate in Long Term Care Administration. The Bachelor's of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the MSCHE. As a bridge program for nurses to earn their BSN, the program accepts up to 90 transfer credits and validates 36 transfer credits for a registered nurses license. CNR also offers a post-master's certificate in long term care administration completely online. The program fully meets the educational standards required by the New York State Board of Examiners for licensure in this field. Courses include Gerontology, Nursing Home Administration, Budgeting and Financial Accounting, Management of Human Resources and Health Care Ethics, Law and Policy.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN-BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Long Term Care Administration Certificate

Contact Information

29 Castle Pl
New Rochelle, NY 10805-2339
(914) 654-5000

Pace University - New York

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Pace University - New York
New York
$38,200

An Online Education at Pace University - New York

Pace's comprehensive online programs encompass a wide range of choice. Prospective students can explore a varied selection of individual courses, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees that can be completed either fully online or in a blended learning format. Like many colleges described here, Pace uses the established Blackboard digital learning platform to give students access to instructional materials, classroom discussion forums and collaborative wiki pages.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate degree in Arts and Sciences
  • B.S. in Professional Communication Studies
  • B.S. in Disabilities and Community Living
  • B.S. in Professional Technology Studies w/concentration in Computer Forensics
  • B.S. in Nursing Completion Program for RNs
  • B.B.A. in Business Studies w/concentrations in Marketing Management and Accounting/Internal Auditing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Finance for Professionals
  • MS in Internet Technology
  • MA in Nursing Education
  • MS in Physician Assistant Studies Completion Program
  • MS in Publishing
  • Executive Doctoral Program in Business
  • Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing

Generally, this university does not offer financial aid to students visiting Pace through the Adult and Continuing Education programs. However, students ages 24 and up have the opportunity to earn college credits for previous professional or volunteer work completed through the Experiential Learning Credits program. This innovative option can help adult learners cut down on the overall time and financial costs associated with completing their degree programs.

Contact Information

1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038-1598
(212) 346-1200


Acclaim for online programs

  • #10on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #9on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #2on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

Most Affordable Online Colleges in New York

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in New York, sorted by affordability.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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SUNY Empire State College

1
SUNY Empire State College
Saratoga Springs
$6,265
$15,715

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

2
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh
$7,179
$16,629

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

3
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
Canton
$7,181
$11,351

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

4
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Delhi
$7,200
$11,370

The King's College

5
The King's College
New York
$465
$11,160

Excelsior College

5
Excelsior College
Albany
$11,160

Nyack College

7
Nyack College
Nyack
$560
$13,440

Trocaire College

8
Trocaire College
Buffalo
$15,500

Mercy College

9
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry
$17,166

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

10
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Flushing
$20,450

Saint Joseph's College-New York

11
Saint Joseph's College-New York
Brooklyn
$21,878

D'Youville College

12
D'Youville College
Buffalo
$23,092

Medaille College

13
Medaille College
Buffalo
$23,812

Dominican College of Blauvelt

14
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Orangeburg
$24,790

Roberts Wesleyan College

15
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester
$27,364

Dowling College

16
Dowling College
Oakdale
$28,390

Saint John Fisher College

17
Saint John Fisher College
Rochester
$28,430

Marist College

18
Marist College
Poughkeepsie
$31,290

Utica College

19
Utica College
Utica
$400
$33,320

Rochester Institute of Technology

20
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester
$34,424

St John's University - New York

21
St John's University - New York
Queens
$37,260

Pace University - New York

22
Pace University - New York
New York
$38,200

The New School

23
The New School
New York
$40,426

New York University

24
New York University
New York
$44,848


Scholarships and Financial Aid in New York

Albert Shanker College Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Open to New York City high school seniors who will graduate from a public vocational, academic, alternative, or evening program. Recipients are selected based on GPA and class standing; Financial need is also considered. This program is funded by the United Federation of Teachers.

Distinguished Honors Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering SUNY University at Buffalo with a high school average of 90+ and an SAT score of 1230+ (ACT 27+). Applicant must be an Honors student in the creative or performing arts. An audition or portfolio review is required.

Fellowship on Women and Public Policy

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Provided by Albany University, this fellowship is intended to encourage graduate and post-graduate women to pursue public policy careers. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0+ and 3+ years of work or internship experience. Selection is based on academic and professional achievement. Fellows receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend.

Graduate Internship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,900 See Scholarship

The New York State Assembly offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in government and legislative process. All majors are welcome. Eligibility, hours, and compensation vary for undergraduate and graduate students. See the internship website for full details.

Legislative Fellowship

Deadline: April 28, 2015
Scholarship Amount $33,000 See Scholarship

The New York Senate offers Legislative Fellowships to graduate students interested in a career in government or public policy. The fellowship is open to currently enrolled graduate students of any major. The stipend totals $33,000, distributed bi-weekly throughout the term of the fellowship.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

This program rewards innovation and creativity among New York high school juniors, seniors, and undergraduate students. Scholarships of $20,000 are given to 3 to 6 applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and problem-solving skills. Funding provided by the Renee B. Fisher Foundation.

New York Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2015
Scholarship Amount $1,500 See Scholarship

Funded by NY State Higher Education Services, this scholarship is open to graduating seniors at New York State high schools. Each year, as many as 2,000 students receive Academic Excellence awards of $1,500. Recipients are selected based on academic performance in Regents exams. The awards are renewable for up to 5 years.

Presidential Honors Award

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Available to freshmen entering SUNY University at Buffalo, the Presidential Scholarship covers full tuition, housing, and books for 4 years. The top candidates will be invited to an on-campus interview. Recipient is selected based on academic merit, and will be accepted to the Honors College.

President’s International Scholar Award

Deadline: open
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For international students entering Fredonia University as freshmen or transfers. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school average of 90+, a college GPA of 3.5+, or an ACT score of 24+ (SAT 1100). The award amount is $5,000 per year.

President’s Out of State Scholar Award

Deadline: open
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For out-of-state freshmen entering Fredonia University. Recipients are selected based on academic merit as demonstrated in their application to the university (this includes SAT scores and high school GPA). The award is $5,000 per year for 4 years.


Higher Education Resources in New York