NYS MapEconomic Impact of Independent Colleges and Universities in New York State

Higher education gives the Empire State an economic advantage. From the smallest liberal arts college to the largest university, our business is teaching and research. Collectively, private, not-for-profit colleges and universities annually generate nearly $80 billion in economic activity, and directly and indirectly employ more than 400,000 people.

Matter of Fact

The Independent Sector leads degree completions in the state with a 70.1% six-year graduation rate. Private, not-for-profit colleges and universities award 51% of the bachelor’s, 73% of master’s, and 79% of doctoral and professional degrees earned in New York State and are the state's leaders in helping students complete their degrees on time.



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