Psychology Degrees, Schools, and Careers in New York

Home to one of the biggest cities in the world, it should come as no surprise that the state of New York of the nation’s leaders in psychology education. In 2012-13, the state conferred more than 300,000 degrees, including more than 100,000 bachelor's degrees and 70,000 master's degrees. Only California granted more. The most recent IPEDS data that breaks down degrees conferred by subject in New York is from 2009-10, but it shows that psychology programs in New York granted nearly 9,000 bachelor’s degrees in psychology and another 1,893 master’s degrees in psychology as well. The state also has a bustling professional psychology industry with more than 11,000 employed psychologists as of May 2014 which trailed only California again. Needless to say, psychology and psychology education play an important role in the employment and educational landscape of New York and there are a large number of psychology schools and schools that offer recognized psychology degrees for students interested in studying in the Empire State to choose from.

Unfortunately for some, New York is not a cheap state to earn a college education in either. The average enrollment cost for a full-time student in New York for 2013-14 can range from $19,757 for an in-state student to $47,055 for private school students
There are schools with prestigious school psychology programs and there are others well-known for their excellent undergraduate psychology program. Choosing the right one for you depends on a lot of things, including what career path you intend to pursue and what sort of curriculum is included in the program. Chronicling every psychology school in New York and its various programs would be a fruitless endeavor, so instead we focused on the three major hot spots for psychology schools in New York – New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester. Each school has its own cost of enrollment and unique psychology degree programs, but considering the potential investment, students need to ensure they are choosing the school that fits best for them. New York has a wide array of psychology schools that specialize in a particular subset of the field.

It is also important to realize that these will only be a sampling of the psychology schools, degree programs in New York and it is important for students to do their own in-depth research before making the ever-important final choice.

New York City Psychology Degrees, Schools, and Careers

As one of the largest and most heavily populated cities in the entire world, it should come as no surprise that New York City boasts an impressive list of psychology schools and a bustling and large professional psychology community. In fact, as of May 2014, the New York-White Plains- Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division employed more psychologists than any other metropolitan area in the country with 6,100 psychologists earning an annual mean wage of $89,490 employed in the area according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is no shortage of excellent psychology schools to choose from in the area either. One thing to note is that according to state legislation, in order to become a licensed psychologist in New York, the applicant must have a doctoral degree. Undergraduate and Master's degree programs serve as good stepping stones in the process, but they won't make the degree-holder a licensed psychologist in New York. New York University is home to one of the country’s most prestigious psychology PhD programs and the PhD programs at the Graduate Center of City University of New York and at nearby Hofstra University on Long Island aren't far behind. There is also Columbia University of course, which is well-recognized in the psychological community for its undergraduate program and programs at Barnard College, Pace University, and Fordham University all have excellent reputations in the industry.

Buffalo Psychology Degrees, Schools, and Careers

New York’s second-largest city doesn't have nearly the same number of psychology employment opportunities as the New York City-area has, but there are still plenty of options for people looking to start their psychology career in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Division. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2014, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan area had nearly 480 clinical, counseling, or school psychologists and they were earning an average annual wage of $71,020. These numbers show that while Buffalo’s psychological community pales in comparison to the one in New York City, it still offers many chances to start a career and make a living in the field of psychology.

There are also a number of reputable psychology schools in Buffalo starting with the State University of New York at Buffalo, which has a renowned psychology PhD program. Canisius College and Niagara University are the next largest and most well-known universities in the Buffalo area and both have offer a variety of psychology degrees to interested students. Community colleges such as Erie Community College and Niagara County Community College don’t receive as much attention or praise for their programs but both offer rigorous psychology classes that can help put a student on the right track towards a degree.

Rochester Psychology Degrees, Schools, and Careers

Despite being a slightly smaller city than Buffalo, the Rochester metropolitan area boasts more employed psychologists and more psychology education options than its neighbor to the West. According to the BLS, as of May 2014, Rochester had 600 employed psychologists in the area and those psychologists were earning an annual average wage of $67,690.

As for psychology schools in Rochester, a good place to start your search would be the renowned PhD program in psychology at the University of Rochester or the less heralded but equally worthwhile psychology programs at SUNY-Geneseo and SUNY-Brockport. If you are willing to consider school near Rochester but not in city limits, there is an excellent PhD program at Syracuse University to the East and an equally well-respected program at SUNY-Binghamton, which is 150 miles Southeast of Rochester but potentially worth the trip. Even the Rochester Institute of Technology, which is more well-known for its engineering pedigree, has a respected psychology program.

Online Psychology Schools in New York

As one of the country’s most popular and prevalent majors, it is no wonder that many schools have begun to offer 100 percent online psychology degrees in addition to their traditional offerings and that more online psychology schools in New York appear every day. And while many have reservations about the quality of an entirely online psychology degree, so many places have begun to offer them that schools are making sure that their programs are rigorous and meet expectations in order to help stand out from the crowd.

The online psychology school in New York you choose will depend heavily on the level of psychology education you wish to pursue. Online doctoral degrees are very hard to find for good reason; while online bachelor’s degrees in psychology are more prevalent and online courses and certificates in psychology-related courses are more common still. Remember, bachelor’s degrees in the subject don’t qualify you to become licensed psychologist. In New York, you will need an doctoral degree to earn that qualification.

The more advanced the degree, the more rigorous the coursework and training will be, and don’t expect online programs to hand over an easy degree. Many of the online psychology programs in New York are just as stringent in their requirements and coursework in order to help fight the negative stigma surrounding online degrees.

The schools offering online psychology degrees and courses in New York aren't many, but they range in size and prestige, and that doesn't even include the for-profit national psychology schools in New York either. There are community colleges in the state such as Genesee Community College and Hudson Valley Community College that offer online courses in general psychology; there are schools like Empire State College that offer online psychology classes in counseling and other subjects; and then there are schools like New York University, which offers an online bachelor’s degree in social science that has many aspects of psychology and behavioral study baked into the curriculum. These are not the only places where online psychology education exists in New York, so be sure to do thorough research before making a final selection.

There are also a large number of national online education providers who serve New York students with a variety of online psychology degrees. There is Keiser University where you can get a bachelor’s degree in psychology online. There is  Capella University, where you can choose from a handful of different online psychology degrees. Ashford University offers online psychology degrees and courses to students in New York. These aren't the only online psychology programs in New York either, so be sure to check out our school listings for a more expansive and detailed look at online psychology schools in New York and programs in your area.

Choosing the Right School

There are almost too many options in New York for students interested in psychology. There is nothing wrong with having a lot of options, but when the choices number in the hundreds, it can feel overwhelming for interested students trying to do comprehensive research. Each school will have similarities and differences. It is important for students to start to think about qualities they value in a school that will help them make the right decision. But there are some general telltale characteristics that can help interested students weed out some programs early.

Accreditation: – The bottom line is that if a student wants to become a licensed psychologist in New York, he/she needs to get a doctoral degree from an accredited program that has been approved by the State Department of Education. Every school should be happy to talk about their accreditation. If it isn't forthcoming, that could be a red flag.
Job Prospects– The ultimate goal of college is to use the education to find a job and colleges know this. They shouldn't just be providing the education, they should offer job services, internship opportunities, job fairs, career counselors and much more. See if the school has any big relationships with local employers and look for data on the subject as well. It is, after all, why the student paid that much money for the experience in the first place.
Curriculum & Instruction-  The curriculum shouldn't just meet the state and industry standards mandatory for licensure, the schools should be going above and beyond. Look for opportunities to get real world experience in the field, do homework on the faculty, see what type of experience they have? The experience should be comprehensive and it should be unique. There are standard pieces of psychology curriculum that will be present in all programs. It is the other pieces that students should be looking carefully at.

Career Opportunities for Psychologists in New York

As we mentioned above, only California employed more psychologists across the state than New York did according to Occupational Employment Statistics from May of 2014 provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimated that in May of 2014, New York employed more than 11,000 psychologists who earned an annual average wage of between $85,130 and $98,710 depending on the specialty of the field.

Unfortunately there is some bad news for folks looking to become a psychologist in New York as well. While the BLS also reported that between 2010 and 2020, employment in the profession was expected to grow by 22 percent nationally, the New York Department of Labor estimated that between 2008 and 2018, employment of psychologists in New York would only grow five percent, a significant drop from the national pace. Demand for psychologists will be determined based on medical staff’s reliance on psychologists for mental issues and the increased use of psychologists by businesses looking to stay organized and efficient. Read about psychologist license requirements in New York.

Psychologist Salary in New York

United States$41,690$66,810$95,710$109,770$127,710
New York$44,080$75,050$104,380$124,040-
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division$41,060$67,940$78,370$105,620$121,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division$36,700$53,880$102,500$121,130-

Table data taken from 2016 BLS (

Featured New York Schools with Psychology Degree Programs

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Adelphi University

South Ave, Garden City, NY 11530-0701
Phone: (516) 877-3000
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Alfred University

One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802-1205
Phone: (607) 871-2111
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Barnard College

3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-6598
Phone: (212) 854-5262
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Buffalo State SUNY

1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4000
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Canisius College

2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Phone: (716) 883-7000
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Cazenovia College

22 Sullivan St, Cazenovia, NY 13035
Phone: (800) 654-3210
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Clarkson University

8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone: (315) 268-6400
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Colgate University

13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
Phone: (315) 228-1000
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College of Mount Saint Vincent

6301 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10471-1093
Phone: (718) 405-3200
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College of Staten Island CUNY

2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 982-2000
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Cornell University

300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-2000
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CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St), New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 312-1000
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CUNY Brooklyn College

2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 951-5000
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CUNY City College

160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 650-7000
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CUNY Graduate School and University Center

365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 817-7000
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CUNY Hunter College

695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 772-4000
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CUNY Lehman College

250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: (718) 960-8000
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CUNY Medgar Evers College

1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: (718) 270-4900
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CUNY Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: (718) 997-5000
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CUNY York College

94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451
Phone: (718) 262-2000
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D'Youville College

320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201-1084
Phone: (716) 829-8000
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Daemen College

4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226-3592
Phone: (716) 839-3600
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Dominican College of Blauvelt

470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY 10962-1210
Phone: (845) 359-7800
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Dowling College

150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
Phone: (631) 244-3000
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Elmira College

One Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901
Phone: (607) 735-1800
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Excelsior College

7 Columbia Cir, Albany, NY 12203-5159
Phone: (518) 464-8500
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Fordham University

441 E Fordham Rd, Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 817-1000
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Hamilton College

198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: (315) 859-4011
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Hartwick College

One Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820-4020
Phone: (607) 431-4000
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Hilbert College

5200 S Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075-1597
Phone: (716) 649-7900
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Hobart William Smith Colleges

337 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3000
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Hofstra University

100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549
Phone: (516) 463-6600
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Houghton College

1 Willard Ave, Houghton, NY 14744
Phone: (585) 567-9200
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Iona College

715 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
Phone: (914) 633-2000
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Ithaca College

953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-7002
Phone: (607) 274-3011
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Keuka College

141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, NY 14478
Phone: (315) 279-5000
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Le Moyne College

1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214-1301
Phone: (315) 445-4100
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LIU Brooklyn

1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
Phone: (718) 488-1013
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LIU Post

720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548-1300
Phone: (516) 299-2900
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Manhattan College

4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471-4098
Phone: (718) 862-8000
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Manhattanville College

2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577
Phone: (914) 694-2200
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Marist College

3399 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 575-3000
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Marymount Manhattan College

221 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021-4597
Phone: (212) 517-0400
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Medaille College

18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214-2695
Phone: (716) 880-2000
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Mercy College

555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone: (800) 637-2969
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Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002
Phone: (516) 323-3000
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Mount Saint Mary College

330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: (845) 561-0800
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Nazareth College

4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-3790
Phone: (585) 389-2525
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New York Institute of Technology

Northern Blvd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Phone: (516) 686-7516
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New York University

70 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012-1091
Phone: (212) 998-1212
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Niagara University

Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109
Phone: (716) 285-1212
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Nyack College

1 South Blvd, Nyack, NY 10960-3698
Phone: (845) 675-4400
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Pace University-New York

1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038-1598
Phone: (212) 346-1200
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone: (518) 276-6000
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Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Dr, Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 594-6000
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Rochester Institute of Technology

1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: (585) 475-2411
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Saint John Fisher College

3690 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-3597
Phone: (585) 385-8000
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Saint Joseph's College-New York

245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205-3688
Phone: (718) 940-5300
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Siena College

515 Loudon Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
Phone: (518) 783-2300
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Skidmore College

815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 580-5000
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St. Bonaventure University

3261 W. State Road, Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2000
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St. Francis College

180 Remsen St, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-9902
Phone: (718) 522-2300
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St. John's University-New York

8000 Utopia Pky, Queens, NY 11439
Phone: (718) 990-6161
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St. Lawrence University

23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 229-5011
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St. Thomas Aquinas College

125 Rte 340, Sparkill, NY 10976-1050
Phone: (845) 398-4000
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State University of New York at New Paltz

1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
Phone: (877) 696-7411
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Stony Brook University

310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
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SUNY at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-3300
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SUNY at Binghamton

4400 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850-6000
Phone: (607) 777-2000
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SUNY at Fredonia

280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063-1136
Phone: (716) 673-3111
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SUNY at Purchase College

735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Phone: (914) 251-6000
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SUNY College at Brockport

350 New Campus Dr, Brockport, NY 14420-2919
Phone: (585) 395-2361
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SUNY College at Cortland

Miller Administration Building, Graham Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-0900
Phone: (607) 753-2011
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SUNY College at Geneseo

1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454-1465
Phone: (585) 245-5000
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SUNY College at Old Westbury

223 Store Hill Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
Phone: (516) 876-3000
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SUNY College at Oswego

7060 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 312-2500
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SUNY College at Plattsburgh

101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
Phone: (518) 564-2000
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SUNY College at Potsdam

44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
Phone: (315) 267-2000
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SUNY Empire State College

One Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4391
Phone: (518) 587-2100
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SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome

100 Seymour Rd, Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 792-7100
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SUNY Oneonta

Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Phone: (607) 436-3500
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Syracuse University

900 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-1870
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The College of New Rochelle

29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805-2339
Phone: (914) 654-5000
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The College of Saint Rose

432 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203-1490
Phone: (518) 454-5111
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The New School

66 W 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8603
Phone: (212) 229-5600
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The Sage Colleges

65 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 244-2000
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Touro College

27-33 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 463-0400
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Union College

807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308-2311
Phone: (518) 388-6000
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United States Military Academy

646 Swift Rd (ATTN: MASG), West Point, NY 10996-1905
Phone: (845) 938-4011
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University at Buffalo

12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1660
Phone: (716) 645-2000
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University of Rochester

Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627-0011
Phone: (585) 275-3221
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Utica College

1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502-4892
Phone: (315) 792-3111
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Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Phone: (845) 437-7000
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Wagner College

One Campus Rd, Staten Island, NY 10301-4495
Phone: (718) 390-3100
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Wells College

170 State Rte 90, Aurora, NY 13026-0500
Phone: (315) 364-3266
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Yeshiva University

500 W 185th St, New York, NY 10033-3299
Phone: (212) 960-5400
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