Best Criminal Justice Schools in New York

Reader emails: Radek, what are the best criminal justice schools in New York?

New York has some of the best colleges and universities in the US, and it definitely has its share of best criminal justice schools in America. Even though these schools are representing the State of New York, you will be pleased to know there is a treat for those looking for the best criminal justice school in New York City, too.

Best Criminal Justice Schools in New York

It can be debated that NYC has the best criminal justice college on the planet: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system of schools. But, don’t forget one of the strongest criminal justice schools in the country: University of Albany, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and SUNY Albany rank consistently well in publications such as US News & World Report.

Just so you know, these New York schools are well regarded in academia and the work force.

Share your opinions about the top criminal justice schools in New York. See how I picked these top schools at the Best Criminal Justice Schools and Colleges page.

Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

6 comments… add one
  • rosi

    i knew it. I knew that john jay was one of the best criminal justice colleges. well hopefully i get in! because i wanna go there and get my bachelors in criminal justice and my masters in psychology when i graduate from high school.

  • Md1

    Currently, New Jersey City University (NJCU) offers the only National Security undergraduate Bachelors program in NJ. They are among the only university’s to offer computer security Infosec certification by the NSA. The program is accredited and recognized by the FBI, CIA, and NSA. Also the American Society For Industrial Security (ASIS). All the faculty are ASIS members. They also offer master’s and a new doctoral program. NJCU has a professional security studies web page. If you Google it you’ll find it. Please post more on NJ schools. Hope this was helpful.

    • Radek Gadek

      Great info. I’m working on New Jersey schools.

  • JJstudent

    I am a John Jay student :)
    It is a great college, I love it. The professors are amazing and most of them are professionals in the field, career center is more than helpful… JJ offers events that can help students decide what they would like to do with their degree and how to do it. For instance, we had an FBI agent come in and I attended that to find out more about the academy. I am also a transfer student, and getting in is apparently not easy. At least that’s what I’ve heard, but I have a good GPA so I didn’t have any issues with that. I think as long as the student has a good GPA, there really shouldn’t be any issues of getting in. As for expenses… I am also an out of state student. What is the difference between in state and out of state tuition at John Jay? Great difference! My tuition (and this is what it would be without financial aid) is $7,000 per semester (that’s 15 credits) and my boyfriend’s tuition (he’s in-state) is around $3,000 (without financial aid, also 15 credits)… But still, some colleges are a lot more expensive and if the student can afford it, has a good GPA, loves criminal justice and lives in NY, he/she should apply to John Jay.

    @Rosi – good luck!
    @Radek Gadek – amazing info, website – THANK YOU!!!

  • George

    Just to add to what was already covered, the school of criminal justice at Albany is considered much more difficult to get into as compared to John Jay. So anyone

    • James

      Just to add to what was already said, the criminal justice program at Albany is considered extremely difficult to get into, and the acceptance rate of the Unviersity (~55%) should not be confused with the School of Criminal Justice’s acceptance. Anyone looking to pursue criminal justice at Albany should be advised that after two years of undergrad, a minimum of a 3.2 GPA is necessary to even apply.

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