List of Colleges in the Northeast U.S.

The Northeastern part of the country encompasses nine states and is home to numerous colleges and universities. The three largest in the region include Pennsylvania State University in University Park, New York University and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Largest Colleges and Universities in the Northeast

Pennsylvania State University in University Park

Pennsylvania State University, also known as Penn State, has a main campus in University Park and 18 other locations. The school offers certificate programs, as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. In its 2010 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Penn State as the 15th best public university in the nation. Among the programs that received high marks were its undergraduate programs in business, supply chain management, engineering and industrial manufacturing. As of 2009 the Pennsylvania State University's academic research library, which is open to the public, was the eighth largest in the nation, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Contact Information

  • Address: 201 Old Main Bldg., University Park, PA 16802
  • Phone Number: (814) 865-4700

New York University

Located in Greenwich Village in downtown New York City, New York University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the country. The school has four other campuses in nearby Manhattan, along with branch campuses and research programs across the globe. The university was founded in 1831, and it presently awards more than 25 degrees among 15 different schools. Some undergraduate programs include nursing, accounting, computer science, dance, sports management and applied psychology, while social work, public administration, conservation, pharmacology, forensic medicine and math finance are a few of the graduate programs available. New York University has repeatedly received high accolades among colleges in the Northeast, including a ranking as the Number One Dream College by The Princeton Review from 2003-2007.

Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012
  • Phone Number: (212) 998-1212

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Rutgers University is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with additional locations in Newark and Camden. Rutgers has 27 colleges on its three campuses and offers more than 100 undergraduate and 180 graduate degree programs. According to its 2010 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Rutgers University as the most diverse college in the country for the 14th straight year. Students can choose among many academic degree programs, such as microbiology, pharmacy, visual arts, meteorology, communication, Middle Eastern studies and human resource management. Rutgers University is also one of only 62 leading public research universities in the country; the school has around 180 research centers and institutes, and it received more than $390 million in research grants for 2009.

Contact Information

  • Address: 57 U.S. Highway 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • Phone Number: (732) 932-4636

Top 20 Largest Colleges and Universities in the Northeast

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus44,4064-year, Public
New York University42,1894-year, Private not-for-profit
Rutgers University - New Brunswick36,0414-year, Public
Temple University35,4904-year, Public
Excelsior College33,4534-year, Private not-for-profit
Boston University31,7664-year, Private not-for-profit
University at Buffalo28,1924-year, Public
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus27,5624-year, Public
Harvard University26,4964-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Massachusetts Amherst26,3594-year, Public
Northeastern University25,8374-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Connecticut24,2734-year, Public
University of Pennsylvania24,1074-year, Private not-for-profit
Stony Brook University23,9914-year, Public
Columbia University in the City of New York23,1964-year, Private not-for-profit
Suffolk County Community College23,0152-year, Public
Nassau Community College21,9522-year, Public
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College21,8582-year, Public
Drexel University21,5374-year, Private not-for-profit
CUNY Hunter College21,2584-year, Public
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