One female and three male Engineering students working on a robotics project

Great Specialized Colleges and Institutes in the Northeast

Looking for vocational education that focuses directly on a particular field of interest? Learn more about these specialized colleges in the Northeastern US.

As you conduct your college search, you may come across a number of “specialized” schools. These types of institutions focus on certain vocations, from art and music to technology, business, and more. They focus less on gen eds and the liberal arts and more on classes that relate directly to your field of interest. Labs, fieldwork, internships, co-ops, and other hands-on, skill-building experiences may also be required to earn your degree. If this sounds like your ideal college experience, read on to learn about some great specialized schools in the Northeastern US. Click the green “Connect me with” buttons underneath each listing to request more information and get recruited—it’s an easy way to jump-start your college search and demonstrate your interest. Start exploring your options now!

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology logoThe Fashion Institute of Technology is a public school of art & design and business & technology on a five-acre campus in Midtown Manhattan, New York. FIT offers a wide range of major study areas, including Fashion, Design, Advertising, Marketing Communications, International Business, Art History & Museum Professions, Film & Media, and much more. More than 2,000 students benefit from an average class size of 25, a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, apartment-style rooms in four residence halls, a dance studio, laboratories, a counseling center, 10 intercollegiate teams, and 60 student clubs and organizations.

Connect me with FIT!

Goldey-Beacom College

Goldey-Beacom College logoGoldey-Beacom College is a small private four-year college on a 24-acre campus located in a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. With more than 1,800 students, GBC offers bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Criminal Justice, English, Human Services, and Communication & Media as well as a variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in Business. The College also boasts a career-focused curriculum, an active internship-for-credit program, and a strong placement rate for graduates.

Connect me with Goldey-Beacom!

New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology logoNew England Institute of Technology is a private nonprofit technical university with a 225-acre main campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island—plus two additional campuses in Warwick. With a focus on hands-on learning, NEIT offers more than 50 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and online degree programs to over 3,000 students. Areas of study include Applied Engineering; Architecture, Design & Construction Technologies; Automotive Technologies; Business Management; Criminal Justice; Digital Technologies; Health Science; Marine Technology; and Veterinary Technology.

Connect me with NEIT!

Paul Smith's College

Paul Smith's College logoPaul Smith's College is a private specialized institution on a 14,200-acre wilderness campus on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake in Paul Smith's, New York. Known as the College of the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s sits in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and offers 20+ bachelor’s and five associate degree programs as well as a master’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation. The College’s 750 students live in a conscientiously “green” campus community that’s home to collegiate woodsmen’s and snowshoeing teams, the Adirondack Watershed Institute, a high ropes course, miles of hiking trails, an indoor climbing wall, 25+ miles of Nordic ski trails, and more.

Connect me with Paul Smith’s!

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology logoPennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate campus of The Pennsylvania State University, is a public technical institution located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. More than 4,000 students receive a hands-on education in 100+ academic programs through the Schools of Business, Arts & Sciences; Engineering Technologies; and Nursing & Health Sciences. Penn College also offers students 150+ labs, a 3:1 lab-to-lecture ratio, clinicals, internships, community projects, clubs, and competitions.

Connect me with Penn College!

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute of Technology logoThe Pratt Institute is a private multipurpose institute on a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, New York—20 minutes from Manhattan. Over 25 majors and concentrations are offered through the Schools of Architecture and Art & Design, with a faculty of practicing professionals and a student body of over 5,000 undergrad and graduate students. Pratt is recognized as one of the top five art, design, and architecture schools in the world, and around 93% of students are employed within one year of graduation with the help of the Career Services Office.

Connect me with Pratt!

SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime College logoSUNY Maritime College is a public multipurpose college on a 55-acre campus in Throggs Neck, New York. The College is one of six state maritime academies in the US focusing on Engineering, Marine Environmental Science, Marine Transportation, Maritime Studies, and Business. Approximately 70% of students work toward a joint bachelor’s degree and US Coast Guard license—which requires participation in the regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program—while others follow a more traditional path with study abroad opportunities, internships, and campus activities.

Connect me with SUNY Maritime!

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology logoWentworth Institute of Technology is a private vocational tech school on a 31-acre urban campus in Boston, Massachusetts. WIT enrolls around 4,000 undergraduates and offers programs through the Schools of Architecture & Design, Computing & Data Science, Engineering, Management, and Sciences & Humanities. Students benefit from small class sizes (with approximately 20 students on average), a dedicated teaching faculty with professional industry experience, comprehensive cooperative education programs, and more than 60 student activities and chapter memberships in professional associations.

Connect me with WIT!

Looking for a different type of college experience? Check out all our featured college lists to explore comprehensive institutions, liberal arts programs, research-intensive schools, and more.

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Melanie Kajy

Melanie Kajy

High School Class of 2021

CollegeXpress has helped me tremendously during my senior year of high school. I started off using the college search to find more information about the universities I was interested in. Just this tool alone gave me so much information about a particular school. It was my one-stop shop to learn about college. I was able to find information about college tuition, school rank, majors, and so much more that I can't list it all. The college search tool has helped me narrow down which college I want to attend, and it made a stressful process surprisingly not so stressful. I then moved to the scholarship search tool to find scholarships to apply for because I can't afford to pay for tuition myself. The search tool helped me find scholarships that I was eligible for. The tool gave me all the information I could ever need about a particular scholarship that was being offered. The CollegeXpress scholarship search tool is so much better than other tools offered, like the Chegg scholarship search. Thanks to CollegeXpress, I was able to apply to tons of scholarships in a relatively easy way!

Lorena Bacallao

Lorena Bacallao

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress was the foundation of my college search process. Because of CollegeXpress, I was able to make a more informed and confident decision as to where it was best to pursue my higher education. I have recommended this website to fellow peers and for first-generation students like me. It’s a website I will continue to promote because of how simple it was to use and how many opportunities were offered to me at my fingertips!

Kory Gilbertson

Kory Gilbertson

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has helped me explore my views on college in that "why do I wanna go to a certain school" way. It’s helped me explore the best fits in all of these outstanding choices. All these college admission counselors can access my accolades showing them how I could help their college. This source of information helps me show these admission directors who I am and what I'm interested in. Thanks to this platform, my experience for education will be better than most, and I'm so grateful for all that it has provided for me.

Kelly Nogueiro

Kelly Nogueiro


For me, CollegeXpress has given me a valuable tool to use with my students to explore colleges easily beyond objective data. It helps me find colleges for students that fit their needs and wants that aren’t quite so black and white. It's a wealth of knowledge, and the Type-A side of me loves all the lists and the fact that I know they're coming from folks who know what they're talking about. I share it with colleagues and students alike, and it's always well received.

Tinuola Dada

Tinuola Dada

$2,000 Community Service Scholarship Winner, 2015

I am very excited to be this year's recipient of the Multicultural Student Community Service Scholarship. This scholarship will bring me ever closer to my academic and professional goals. CollegeXpress has been an exceptional resource to me, and I recommend it to all rising seniors as they begin to navigate the college application process.

College Matches