For high school upperclassmen and their parents in the Utica-Rome market, and its surrounding communities, choosing the right college is an increasingly difficult task.

With the negative impact of budget cuts driving up the cost and lowering the quality of some schools, research shows public institutions can outperform private colleges in many areas, such as graduates’ career outcomes.

And you just can't have too much information at your fingertips.

With the challenges facing the beleaguered average American family in mind, personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings, along with separate rankings for colleges and universities.

These overall national rankings found three New York institutions--Columbia (#9), Cornell (#25) and Vassar (#30)--near the top.

As for the big picture, according to a press release from WalletHub:

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures in categories like Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Also from the press release, taking into account all factors, here are the top 10 Colleges & Universities in New York:

1 Columbia University 6 Binghamton University-SUNY
2 Cornell University 7 Stony Brook University-SUNY
3 Vassar College 8 New York University
4 Barnard College 9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5 Colgate University 10 Yeshiva University

 

Experts urge you to take in as many on-site campus tours as you can, organize the itinerary geographically for maximum efficiency, and good luck.

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