Whether you’re considering going to school in the city, visiting that lucky friend who does, or just want to do some exploring, you’re going to need to do a little research. Look no further – we’ve got your guide to NYC colleges right here! Read on to find out what’s so great about each school, what else you should visit while you’re in the area, and more.
New York University is where dreamers become stars. With alumni like Lady Gaga, Suzanne Collins and Martin Scorsese, along with the school’s unbeatable location, it’s no wonder that over 60,000 people apply to NYU as freshmen each year. Even if you can’t afford the pricy tuition bill (pricy being an understatement), you can still live the NYU student life by spending some time in Greenwich Village.
Nearest subway line: R, W, N, Q
Affordable hotel: Hampton Inn Manhattan-SoHo
Best places to eat: Amelie for fancy French cuisine, Saigon Shack for affordable Vietnamese sandwiches
Coolest campus spot: Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Washington Square Park
Sometimes referred to as the “poor man’s Harvard,” Brooklyn College is known for having a more affordable price tag than many of its academic equals. In fact, the school is consistently named among the top public colleges in the US by organizations like Princeton Review. Not only is the school prestigious and affordable, but it’s wonderfully diverse with a rich history and a gorgeous urban campus.
Nearest subway line: 2, 5, Q
Affordable hotel: Midwood Suites
Best places to eat: Ashoka Grill for delicious Indian, Bake and Things for authentic Caribbean
Coolest campus spot: Lily Pond
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: The Brooklyn College Wild Parrot Safari
New York’s most prestigious institution, and the third most selective college in the country, is located on a beautiful campus in Upper Manhattan. Established back in 1754 (and originally called “King’s College”), Columbia University, and its surrounding area, is full of history and sights to see.
Nearest subway line: 1
Affordable hotel: Morningside Inn
Best places to eat: Friedman’s for brunch, Max Soha for tasty Italian
Coolest campus spot: Low Memorial Library
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Riverside Park
Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus
Fordham University has 3 campuses, the first built in 1841 in Rose Hill. The Bronx campus is home to many of Fordham’s schools, including the Gabelli School of Business and the Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences. Even if you aren’t considering attending the school, Fordham is still worth visiting for its campus alone – Rose Hill was named one of "America's Prettiest College Campuses" by MSNBC.
Nearest subway line: D
Affordable hotel: Howard Johnson Express Inn Bronx
Best places to eat: Pugsley’s Pizza for an authentic slice, Estrellita Poblana for when you’re craving Mexican
Coolest campus spot: University Church
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden
Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus
For a totally different campus feel of the same college, visit Fordham’s Manhattan campus. It’s located in Lincoln Center, which is smack dab in the middle of Central Park and the Hudson River, and just steps away from other classic NYC attractions. Over 8,000 students attend classes there, including Fordham Law students.
Nearest subway line: A,B,C,D, 1
Affordable hotel: Hudson New York
Best places to eat: Rosa Mexicano for margaritas, The Smith for American favorites
Coolest campus spot: The Peter, Fisher of Men statue
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Columbus Circle
It’s hard to believe that Wagner College is actually in New York City – that is, until you look outside the window and get a view of that skyline. Located in Grymes Hill on Staten Island, Wagner College is a small, quiet campus with a suburban feel, while only being a short ferry ride away from Manhattan.
Affordable hotel: Ramada Staten Island
Best places to eat: Marie’s Gourmet for a delicious breakfast
Coolest campus spot: The Union Art Gallery
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Staten Island Zoo
CUNY Hunter’s main campus is located in the Upper East Side – Lenox Hill, to be exact. Known for being a great value, Hunter also has a prime location. The school is walking distance from Central Park, the Met, and more.
Nearest subway line: 6
Affordable hotel: Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side (Heads up, finding cheap hotels in this neighborhood can be tricky!)
Best places to eat: Alice’s Tea Cup for tea (and tourists), Bel Ami for French sandwiches and macarons
Coolest campus spot: The Tau statue
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: The Met
The Fashion Institute of Technology
Visiting FIT is a fashion lover’s dream come true, second only to attending the school as an actual student! The campus, comprised of various studios and galleries along with classrooms, is located in the neighborhood of Chelsea. If anyone tagging along isn’t into fashion, don’t fret – the area has tons of other exciting things to do and see.
Nearest subway line: 1, N, R
Affordable hotel: Holiday Inn Express New York City - Chelsea
Best places to eat: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company for the best bagels, Johny’s Luncheonette for a diner vibe
Coolest campus spot: The Museum at FIT
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: The High Line
For art students, Pratt is like Disney World. The school is located in Clinton Hill, on a very green and leafy campus plopped in the middle of busy Brooklyn. While visiting, be sure to visit all of the student galleries you can, as Pratt is known for its amazing art and design programs.
Nearest subway line: G
Affordable hotel: The Brooklyn
Best places to eat: Luigi’s for New York pizza, Brooklyn Tap House for burgers and beer
Coolest campus spot: The Rose Garden
While you’re here, you’ve gotta see: Fort Greene Park and the Fort Greene Flea