The lions are still kings of New York’s college jungle.
Based on a range of factors from diversity to career outcomes, Columbia University ranked as New York State’s top ranked choice for higher education, according to a new study.
The Ivy League institution was also the only school in the state to rank in the top ten nationally at number nine, according to Wallethub.com.
Columbia’s partner school, Barnard College, ranked fourth in the state, according to the study.
Trailing non-New York City schools like Stony Brook, Binghamton, and Colgate, New York University ranked as the eighth most desirable campus in the state and placed 75th nationally, according to the analysis.
Yeshiva University, a Manhattan Jewish school, ranked 10th in the state.
Columbia snatched the top spot largely on the strength of its soaring academic and career prospect rankings.
Out of 57 schools in the state, Columbia was the most selective, had the best student to faculty ratio and the highest median post graduation salary.
But all that comes at a steep price. A Columbia diploma was one of the most expensive in the state with only three schools costing more, according to the report.
Nationally, Columbia was the eighth most selective in terms of admissions and ranked 19th overall in the career outcomes category.
The school also had the third highest graduation rate in the state, trailing only Cornell University and Vassar College.
Columbia placed 16th in the state in campus crime.
While NYU trailed their Manhattan counterpart in most categories, the school ranked a robust ninth in the country in the “campus experience” category compared to a distant 236 for Columbia.