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2020 Best Colleges for Political Science & Government in New York

Political Science & Government is a popular major and New York is the 2nd most popular state for students studying this major. 3,622 of the 44,651 Political Science & Government degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in New York. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Political Science & Government in New York ranking analyzed 53 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in political science and government. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 7 schools for Political Science & Government students in New York.

Choosing a Great Political Science & Government School

Best Colleges for Political Science & Government in New York Your choice of political science and government school matters. Important measures of a quality political science program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 8% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 152 to 49 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A political science and government degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average earnings following graduation. While the average political science and government bachelors degree from New York colleges results in an average starting salary of $33,961, graduates of colleges on this list average $43,357.

Starting Salary  ( 37353 to 52846 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Political Science & Government students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other political science and government students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized political science and government related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Political Science & Government students in New York.

Best Schools to Study Political Science & Government in New York

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study political science and government.

Top 10 Best Political Science Colleges in New York

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great option for students pursuing a Political Science & Government major. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

There are approximately 316 political science and government undergrads enrolled in this program at Columbia. Political Science & Government graduates from Columbia University in the City of New York get a earnings boost of approximately $14,470 over the typical income of political science and government majors.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University is a great choice for individuals pursuing a Political Science & Government major. Located in the city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 16th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 276 political science and government undergraduates enrolled in this program at NYU. Political Science & Government students from New York University get a earnings boost of around $10,570 over the typical income of political science and government majors.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is among your best bets if you want to study political science and government. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

There are about 150 political science and government undergraduates studying this program at Cornell. Graduates from the political science and government major at Cornell University earn $8,470 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

It is hard to beat Binghamton University if you wish to pursue political science and government as a major. Located in the medium-sized suburb Vestal, Binghamton University is a public school with a large student population. This college ranks 17th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Binghamton University is one of the most popular college to study political science in New York with over 137 graduations last year. Graduates of the political science program make about $34,100 for their early career.

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Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Located in the distant town Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Colgate is a great college overall.

A preferred major for political science and government undergraduates, there are roughly 60 students studying this program at Colgate. Political Science & Government students from Colgate University earn a boost of around $16,570 above the average income of political science and government majors.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Located in the medium-sized city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 12th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 154 political science and government undergrads enrolled in this degree at Syracuse. Graduates of the political science program make about $37,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the remote town Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 10th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 42 undergraduates, St Lawrence University is one of most popular colleges to study political science in New York. Students who complete this program report average early career income of $35,200.

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Barnard College

New York, NY

Located in the large city New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 11th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 54 undergrads, Barnard College is one of most popular schools to study political science in New York. Barnard College political science and government majors earn $5,970 more than the average political science graduate.

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Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

Located in the city Schenectady, Union College Schenectady is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 55 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Union College Schenectady is a great college overall.

A preferred choice for political science and government undergrads, there are roughly 38 students studying this degree at Union College Schenectady. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, political science students generally make about $32,700 in their early careers.

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University at Albany

Albany, NY

UAlbany is a fairly large public school located in the city of Albany. This college ranks 37th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 159 political science and government undergrads studying this degree at UAlbany. Graduates of the political science program make about $29,500 in the first couple years of their career.

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Best Political Science & Government Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Political Science & Government Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 327 2,034
Maryland 284 1,085
New Jersey 280 872
District of Columbia 194 1,211
Delaware 171 142

Political Science & Government is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908
Anthropology 12,008

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 UKWiki at English Wikipedia.

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