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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in New York

24 Colleges
4,512 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,507 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in New YorkWith 4,512 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #11 most popular major in New York. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 5.1% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in New York ranking looked at 24 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on education schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The education school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Education Schools.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in New York

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

SUNY Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Potsdam as the #1 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Potsdam is a small public school located in the town of Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

At SUNY Potsdam, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,914. This means that the average student pays around $99,676 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

It takes the average student at SUNY Geneseo about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,828. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

SUNY Cortland earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, SUNY Cortland has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in New York ranking.

It takes the average student at SUNY Cortland about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,238. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland is about $108,019. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Hunter is a very large public school located in the city of New York. Hunter also made our Best Colleges for Education in New York list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at Hunter about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $21,445 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter be around $99,290. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Fredonia as the #5 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Fredonia is a small public school located in the town of Fredonia.

At SUNY Fredonia, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,025. This means that the average student pays around $98,547 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

SUNY New Paltz landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the suburb of New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At SUNY New Paltz, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,625. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz is about $104,656. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Oswego. Located in the town of Oswego, SUNY Oswego is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at SUNY Oswego about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,261. This means that the average student pays around $102,867 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the remote town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Oneonta is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,162. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta be around $100,997. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#9

CUNY Queens College

Queens, NY

CUNY Queens College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Queens, Queens is a public school with a fairly large student population. Queens not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Queens is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,234. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Queens is about $124,459. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The College of Saint Rose earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Albany, The College of Saint Rose is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The College of Saint Rose not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Education in New York list.

At The College of Saint Rose, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,495. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose is $142,019. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Education Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 3,877
New Jersey 1,301
Maryland 1,036
Delaware 478
District of Columbia 77

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,846
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,519
Special Education 584
General Education 357
Other Education 121

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 15,332
Psychology 11,265
Communication & Journalism 7,564
History 2,103
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 1,050

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 24 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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