Larger Private Colleges in the Northeast

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the private colleges and universities with more than 2,000 full-time undergrads located in the Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Larger Private Colleges in the Northeast

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Trinity College Hartford CT 2,277 $36,870
University of New Haven West Haven CT 2,677 $26,396
Wesleyan University Middletown CT 3,026 $36,806
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT 3,674 $27,150
Fairfield University Fairfield CT 4,292 $33,905
University of Hartford West Hartford CT 5,265 $26,996
Quinnipiac University Hamden CT 5,785 $28,720
Yale University New Haven CT 6,565 $34,530
Endicott College Beverly MA 2,037 $22,950
Williams College Williamstown MA 2,045 $35,670
Emmanuel College Boston MA 2,049 $26,250
Merrimack College North Andover MA 2,168 $27,040
Assumption College Worcester MA 2,252 $27,485
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA 2,292 $35,940
Stonehill College Easton MA 2,294 $28,440
Clark University Worcester MA 2,333 $32,865
Wellesley College Wellesley MA 2,507 $34,994
Curry College Milton MA 2,519 $25,755
Western New England College Springfield MA 2,622 $25,942
Smith College Northampton MA 2,651 $34,186
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA 2,972 $34,830
College of the Holy Cross Worcester MA 3,004 $35,142
Emerson College Boston MA 3,366 $27,366
Springfield College Springfield MA 3,545 $24,075
Brandeis University Waltham MA 3,713 $35,702
Bentley College Waltham MA 4,051 $31,696
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA 4,088 $34,986
Suffolk University Boston MA 4,572 $24,270
Tufts University Medford MA 4,659 $36,700
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA 9,702 $35,674
Harvard University Cambridge MA 10,027 $34,998
Northeastern University Boston MA 16,395 $31,899
Boston University Boston MA 20,619 $35,418
Saint Anselm College Manchester NH 2,082 $27,690
Franklin Pierce University Rindge NH 2,138 $26,516
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester NH 3,985 $23,346
Dartmouth College Hanover NH 4,141 $35,178
Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham Madison NJ 2,512 $28,778
Monmouth University West Long Branch NJ 2,577 $23,034
Saint Peters College Jersey City NJ 2,809 $24,026
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck NJ 3,276 $25,636
Rider University Lawrenceville NJ 4,238 $26,230
Princeton University Princeton NJ 4,829 $33,000
Seton Hall University South Orange NJ 5,365 $27,850
Alfred University Alfred NY 2,006 $23,162
Nazareth College of Rochester Rochester NY 2,026 $22,834
Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson NY 2,085 $36,534
St Lawrence University Canton NY 2,134 $35,600
Utica College Utica NY 2,146 $24,584
Barnard College New York NY 2,270 $35,190
Vassar College Poughkeepsie NY 2,472 $38,115
Le Moyne College Syracuse NY 2,499 $23,760
Dowling College Oakdale NY 2,519 $17,452
Clarkson University Potsdam NY 2,561 $29,160
Molloy College Rockville Centre NY 2,585 $18,390
Saint John Fisher College Rochester NY 2,676 $21,930
Colgate University Hamilton NY 2,742 $37,660
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs NY 2,785 $36,860
Niagara University Niagara University NY 2,928 $22,300
The College of Saint Rose Albany NY 2,978 $20,620
Saint Josephs College-Suffolk Campus Patchogue NY 3,046 $14,520
Yeshiva University New York NY 3,058 $30,560
Siena College Loudonville NY 3,061 $22,685
Manhattan College Bronx NY 3,087 $22,840
Canisius College Buffalo NY 3,372 $26,427
Iona College New Rochelle NY 3,391 $24,724
Mercy College-Main Campus Dobbs Ferry NY 4,419 $14,170
Adelphi University Garden City NY 4,507 $23,000
Long Island University-C W Post Campus Brookville NY 4,721 $25,750
The College of New Rochelle New Rochelle NY 4,736 $23,700
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY 4,742 $24,040
New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury Old Westbury NY 4,911 $21,498
Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus Brooklyn NY 4,917 $26,102
The New School New York NY 5,421 $31,940
University of Rochester Rochester NY 5,431 $35,190
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy NY 5,699 $35,878
Ithaca College Ithaca NY 6,073 $28,670
Fordham University Bronx NY 7,275 $32,720
Pace University-New York New York NY 7,382 $30,158
Columbia University in the City of New York New York NY 7,624 $37,223
Hofstra University Hempstead NY 8,859 $26,730
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY 9,931 $26,481
Touro College New York NY 10,351 $13,500
Syracuse University Syracuse NY 12,812 $31,686
St. John’s University-New York Queens NY 13,057 $26,890
Cornell University Ithaca NY 13,964 $34,781
New York University New York NY 22,484 $35,290
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove PA 2,011 $28,320
Allegheny College Meadville PA 2,025 $30,000
Arcadia University Glenside PA 2,029 $27,800
DeSales University Center Valley PA 2,033 $23,900
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre PA 2,096 $24,080
Albright College Reading PA 2,146 $28,884
Keystone College La Plume PA 2,147 $18,340
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster PA 2,160 $36,480
Neumann College Aston PA 2,162 $19,486
Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown PA 2,193 $29,000
Eastern University Saint Davids PA 2,248 $21,395
Lafayette College Easton PA 2,432 $33,811
Gannon University Erie PA 2,484 $21,976
Grove City College Grove City PA 2,542 $11,500
Dickinson College Carlisle PA 2,576 $35,784
Philadelphia University Philadelphia PA 2,647 $25,556
Gettysburg College Gettysburg PA 2,710 $35,770
Muhlenberg College Allentown PA 2,760 $33,090
Widener University-Main Campus Chester PA 2,771 $28,630
Point Park University Pittsburgh PA 2,771 $18,990
Messiah College Grantham PA 2,899 $24,420
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA 3,536 $38,134
Robert Morris University Moon Township PA 3,625 $17,900
La Salle University Philadelphia PA 3,878 $29,400
University of Scranton Scranton PA 4,240 $28,758
Mercyhurst College Erie PA 4,248 $21,876
Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia PA 4,362 $30,985
York College Pennsylvania York PA 4,815 $12,750
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA 4,952 $35,610
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh PA 5,547 $37,354
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA 5,709 $23,950
Villanova University Villanova PA 9,540 $34,900
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA 13,825 $35,916
Drexel University Philadelphia PA 14,332 $29,065
Salve Regina University Newport RI 2,166 $26,950
Bryant University Smithfield RI 3,271 $27,639
Roger Williams University Bristol RI 3,881 $25,942
Providence College Providence RI 4,280 $29,499
Brown University Providence RI 5,770 $36,342
Johnson & Wales University Providence RI 9,404 $21,717
Saint Michaels College Colchester VT 2,055 $29,945
Champlain College Burlington VT 2,322 $22,550