College decision day is coming up on May 1st and no matter where you or your child goes to school it will be exciting.

If a choice hasn't been made yet, there might be a couple of schools here in New York State that you want to avoid.


Three colleges in New York were recently named some of the worst in America by the website

The schools were ranked as some of the worst in the county due to high tuition costs, low graduation rates, and poor return on investment.

Here are the three New York colleges that made the list:

Hartwick College

Located in Oneonta, New York, Hartwick was put on the list for a low graduation rate, which was at %58 along with the high cost of school. The average student plats around their starting salary of $48,000.

Skidmore College

Skidmore was founded in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is known for it arts and liberal arts program. The school boosts an 89% graduation rate, but the biggest issue is that most students pay more per year than they will make when they graduate. At $50,000 per year, Skidmore lands on the list for a low return on investment.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or RPI is located in Troy, New York. They landed on the list for their high tuition costs and poor graduation rates. Just 57% of students enrolled walk away with a degree. Students also complained about less-than-optimal campus facilities.

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