Smaller Public 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 public colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 full-time undergrads located in the Northeast: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Smaller Public Colleges in the Northeast

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
United States Coast Guard Academy New London CT 995 $3,000
Western Connecticut State University Danbury CT 2,519 $6,624
Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic CT 4,340 $6,961
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA 1,223 $7,113
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams MA 1,360 $6,168
Fitchburg State College Fitchburg MA 3,275 $5,992
Framingham State College Framingham MA 3,645 $5,799
Worcester State College Worcester MA 3,986 $5,864
Westfield State College Westfield MA 4,372 $6,209
University of Maine at Machias Machias ME 695 $5,770
Maine Maritime Academy Castine ME 865 $8,805
University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent ME 1,056 $5,753
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque ME 1,236 $5,740
University of Maine at Farmington Farmington ME 2,100 $7,157
University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester NH 805 $8,595
Granite State College Concord NH 901 $5,523
Plymouth State University Plymouth NH 4,084 $7,944
Keene State College Keene NH 4,532 $8,298
Thomas Edison State College Trenton NJ 3,314 $4,397
Rutgers University-Camden Camden NJ 3,408 $10,532
New Jersey City University Jersey City NJ 4,545 $8,155
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse NY 1,422 $5,675
SUNY Maritime College Bronx NY 1,450 $6,049
SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome Utica NY 1,562 $5,405
SUNY College at Old Westbury Old Westbury NY 3,222 $5,177
SUNY-Potsdam Potsdam NY 3,710 $5,406
SUNY College at Purchase Purchase NY 3,919 $5,997
CUNY York College Jamaica NY 4,578 $4,262
Penn State Beaver Monaca PA 653 $11,006
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Lehman PA 660 $11,006
Penn State Lehigh Valley Fogelsville PA 687 $11,006
Penn State Greater Allegheny McKeesport PA 723 $11,006
Penn State New Kensington Upper Burrell PA 740 $11,006
Penn State Schuylkil Haven PA 835 $10,996
Penn State Hazleton Hazleton PA 1,159 $11,006
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Bradford PA 1,202 $11,660
Penn State Worthington Scranton Dunmore PA 1,234 $10,986
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney PA 1,581 $6,412
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Greensburg PA 1,593 $11,320
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Lincoln University PA 1,851 $7,578
Penn State Harrisburg Middletown PA 2,096 $11,454
Penn State Berks Reading PA 2,603 $11,464
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield PA 2,859 $7,004
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Johnstown PA 3,008 $11,332
Penn State Abington Abington PA 3,122 $11,006
Penn State Erie-Behrend College Erie PA 3,722 $11,464
Penn State Altoona Altoona PA 4,001 $11,464
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven PA 4,799 $6,679
Lyndon State College Lyndonville VT 1,194 $7,244
Johnson State College Johnson VT 1,223 $7,244
Castleton State College Castleton VT 1,813 $7,244