New York City is not only the financial capital of the United States but is also a center for culture and education. An education supplement published recently by New York Times also called the place as “The City where Education Never Stops.”
With the numerous public, private, state-run and city-run institutions including some of the world’s most prestigious universities in place in the Big Apple, it is no wonder why a great number of people from around the world continue to be attracted to this international city to gain their desired education. In fact, the city has the biggest public school system in the entire United States.
This “city that never sleeps” is also touted as an international center for research in the areas of medicine and life sciences. It is here where some of the world’s most important libraries, universities and research centers equipped with state of the art facilities can be found.
Tertiary education in every field possible can be gained at colleges, universities as well as community or junior colleges, professional institutes and continuing education programs. In terms of post graduate degrees in life sciences, New York awards the most number of degrees each year with 40,000 licensed physicians. Among the cities in the U.S., it is also the recipient of the second highest annual funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Also, many people around the world interested in studying law as well as practicing lawyers wanting to pursue further studies consider New York City as a popular destination. The city’s law programs have grown in number, size and scope in the recent years thereby attracting attorneys and aspiring lawyers to gain their training abroad. They have varied choices when it comes to the program they wish to pursue and they can also choose to specialize in a specific field such as corporate law, taxation and intellectual property, among others.
One of the important institutions in the state is the State University of New York also called SUNY. This university has several campuses across the state. SUNY is a state-funded school that offer low tuition fees for local residents.
In the New York City area, the City University of New York also called CUNY has several campuses as well. It is an affordable institution that accommodates students from all over the world. Local residents, however, are given priority when it comes to financial aid.
Two of the eight Ivy League institutions are also situated in the Big Apple such as the Cornell University and Columbia University. These are private institutions providing higher education. They’re well known for their academic excellence and selective admission. Columbia University is the oldest one in New York and the fifth oldest in the U.S. with focus on research. Cornell University, on the other hand, is a co-educational and non-sectarian institution that accepts students regardless of his or her religious affiliation.