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Staten Island, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

While there are only five schools on Staten Island, there are over 60 located within a 10-mile radius of this New York City borough. Read about the top schools in several categories, including highest graduation rate and lowest student-faculty ratio, to find the school for you.

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Most Program Variety

While the 62 schools located within ten miles of Staten Island include a significant number of rabbinical seminaries and yeshivas, students will also find nearly 40 career and traditional schools that offer a variety of vocational, undergraduate and/or graduate programs. The three schools with the most program variety include a technology institute and two universities in New Jersey.

1 - Kean University

Kean University, located in Union, NJ, offers approximately 83 different programs to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the most popular undergraduate program in 2011-2012 was general psychology, and the school awarded 342 bachelor's degrees in this field of study. During the same year, 85 graduate students received master's degrees in educational counseling and guidance, the most sought after program at this level. Nineteen post-graduate certificates were conferred in school psychology, and eight students received doctoral degrees in urban education and leadership.

1 - New Jersey Institute of Technology

Located in the University Heights section of Newark, NJ, this technology institute also offers around 83 academic programs. As reported by the NCES, general engineering technology was the most popular undergraduate program in 2011-2012, followed closely by architecture and business administration. At the graduate level, the institute awarded its largest number of degrees in electrical and electronics engineering, with computer and information science running a close second. Overall, the school conferred over 1,000 bachelor's and 1,000 master's degrees during the same school year, and 65 students received their doctoral degrees.

3 - Rutgers University

Rutgers University, a 4-year public school located in Newark, NJ, currently offers about 75 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. According to the NCES, accounting was the most popular bachelor's program in 2011-2012, and business administration was the most popular master's program. As of 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #115 among national universities and #55 among national public schools.

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates the net price of a school by subtracting the dollar amount of government and/or institutional aid from the total cost of attendance. In addition to tuition, the total cost includes average charges for room and board, fees, books and other supplies. Among schools located within ten miles of Staten Island, the following three had the lowest net prices for 2011-2012, according to the NCES.

1 - Union County College

Located in Cranford, NJ, Union County College had an average net price of $1,742, which is roughly $5,000 less than the figure provided for 2010-2011. Approximately 73% of full-time students who began their studies in 2011-2012 received some form of financial aid, including 67% who were awarded grants and/or scholarships averaging $5,122. About 11% of these undergraduates also received student loans, with an average amount of $4,237. During the 2012-2013 school year, tuition ranged from $3,606 for in-district students to $6,294 for both in-state and out-of-state students. Undergraduates living off campus in family and non-family arrangements paid $1,900-$2,000 in room and board. Books and other supplies averaged another $1,200. The total cost of attendance for county, state and non-residents in 2012-2013 ranged from $6,806-$11,394.

2 - Essex County College

At $3,498, Essex County College in Newark, NJ, had the second-lowest net price in the Staten Island area. In 2011-2012, 77% of full-time students entering school for the first time were given financial aid, with an equal number receiving average grant or scholarship packages of $5,377. Only 1% of first-time students obtained loans in the amount of $4,299. In 2012-2013, county residents paid $3,420 in tuition, with out-of-district and out-of-state students paying $5,988. In addition to $2,161-$4,056 in room and board, total program costs included $1,200 in books and supplies. The total cost of attendance for 2012-2013 ranged from $6,781-$13,405 for residents and non-residents.

3 - CUNY College of Staten Island

The average net price at the College of Staten Island was $6,773, and 72% of new, full-time students received financial aid. Approximately 66% of students in this category obtained average grant and scholarship packages of $6,862, and 13% received student loans averaging $4,838. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the cost of tuition for in-state residents was $5,858 and $12,068 for non-residents. Students also paid almost $1,250 for books and supplies and $11,902 in room and board (non-family arrangement). Total costs for in- and out-of-state students ranged from $10,977-$30,158.

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates, as determined by the NCES, are based on the number of full-time, degree-seeking students who graduated within 150% of the normal time (for example, six years for a bachelor's program). As reported by the NCES, the following three schools have the highest overall graduation rates for first-time, degree-seeking students who enrolled in Fall 2006 on a full-time basis.

1 - Wagner College

At Wagner College, a 4-year private, not-for-profit school in Staten Island, 63% of students who started bachelor's programs in 2006 earned their degrees in four years, and the overall graduation rate for full-time students stood at 66%. Around 65% of female students finished their degrees within six years; male students had a 67% rate of completion. According to the NCES, approximately 81% of full-time students who began their studies in Fall 2011 returned in Fall 2012 to work on their bachelor's degrees.

2 - Rutgers University

Rutgers University, a 4-year public school located in Newark, NJ, has an overall graduation rate of 61%, with a 4-year rate of 32% for students who started bachelor's programs in 2006. The 6-year graduation figure for female students stands at 62%, as opposed to 59% for men. The NCES also reported an 84% retention rate for full-time students who enrolled for the first time in Fall 2011 and returned in Fall 2012 to continue their studies.

3 - New Jersey Institute of Technology

In third place is New Jersey Institute of Technology, with an overall graduation rate of 54% for degree-seeking undergraduates and a 4-year rate of 19%. Corresponding figures for female and male students who graduated within six years stood at 67% and 52%, respectively. Of those who enrolled in Fall of 2011, 82% of full-time students and 81% of part-time students returned the following year.

Student-Faculty Ratio

Generally speaking, the lower the student-faculty ratio, the more likely it is for students to enjoy a personalized educational experience. The following schools had the lowest student-faculty ratios of traditional schools located within a 10-mile radius of Staten Island, as reported by the NCES for Fall 2012.

1 - Rutgers University

At 11:1, Rutgers University had the lowest student-faculty ratio among traditional schools in the area. Around 12,000 students were in attendance during 2012, and the school employed 522 full-time and 418 part-time faculty members. According to the school's website, approximately 64% of classes have 30 or fewer students, and less than 7% have more than 100 in attendance.

2 - Saint Peter's University

At 12:1, Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ, had the second lowest student-faculty ratio. Approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled at this Jesuit College in Fall 2012, and educational services were provided by 115 full-time and 164 part-time faculty members. In addition, the school reported an average class size of 20 students.

3 - Wagner College

Wagner College had a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 in 2012. During that year, the school enrolled about 2,200 students, who received instruction from 106 full-time and 77 part-time faculty members. U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #26 among regional universities in the North as of 2013.

Staten Island Area Schools at a Glance

School Name LocationSchool TypePrograms Offered Area Ranking
CUNY College of Staten IslandStaten Island, NY4-year, publicAssociate's, bachelor's and master's degrees; undergraduate and post-graduate certificates3rd Lowest Net Price
Essex County CollegeNewark, NJ (9 miles from Staten Island)2-year, publicLess than 1-year certificates, 1-year but less than 2-year certificates; associate's degrees2nd Lowest Net Price
Kean UniversityUnion, NJ (9 miles from Staten Island)4-year, publicBachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-graduate certificatesMost Program Variety
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark, NJ (9 miles from Staten Island) 4-year, publicBachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate certificates Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Rutgers University Newark, NJ (9 miles from Staten Island)4-year, publicBachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Most Program Variety
Saint Peter's UniversityJersey City, NJ (10 miles from Staten Island)4-year, private not-for-profitAssociate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Union County CollegeCranford, NJ (8.9 miles from Staten Island)2-year, publicLess than 1-year certificates, 1-year but less than 2-year certificates; associate's degreesLowest Net Price
Wagner CollegeStaten Island, NY 4-year, private not-for-profitBachelor's and master's degrees; post-master's certificates Highest Graduation Rate, 3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
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