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2021 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York

8 Colleges
2,538 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,518 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Physical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in New YorkWith 2,538 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, physical sciences is the #17 most popular major in New York. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 7.8% of all the physical sciences bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in physical sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those physical sciences schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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 physical sciences 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 Physical Sciences Schools.

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2021 Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in New York

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

Best Value Physical Sciences Schools in New York

#1

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize University at Buffalo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. University at Buffalo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Buffalo. In addition to being on our best value list, University at Buffalo has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University at Buffalo is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,466. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo be around $137,331. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stony Brook University. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at SUNY Stony Brook, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY Stony Brook to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,701. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Stony Brook is $132,321. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy. In addition to being on our best value list, RPI has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at RPI is 4.3 years, and it costs about $42,782 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $184,390 to get a bachelor’s degree from RPI. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Hunter is a public college with a fairly large student population. Hunter not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York list.

At Hunter, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,445. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hunter be around $99,290. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

St. John Fisher College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Fisher is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester. Fisher also made our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York list, coming in at #6.

The average student at Fisher graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,709. 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 Fisher is $139,555. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY New Paltz. SUNY New Paltz is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of New Paltz. SUNY New Paltz also made our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York list, coming in at #8.

It takes the average student at SUNY New Paltz about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,625 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz is about $104,656. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Cornell not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York list.

The average student at Cornell graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,390. This means that the average student pays around $148,471 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cornell. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Physical Sciences in New York list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at NYU to complete their degree, and it costs about $46,022 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NYU is about $190,071. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 2,053
New Jersey 575
Maryland 575
Delaware 108
District of Columbia 96

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 1,038
Physics 707
Geological & Earth Sciences 439
Other Physical Science 155
General Physical Sciences 77

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 8,509
Computer & Information Sciences 7,593
Engineering 7,376
Mathematics & Statistics 2,713
Engineering Technologies 1,861

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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 NASA.

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