Every year, the colleges and universities in New York state allow their students a week off in the spring to recover from midterm exams while enjoying time away from school. Whether you're a student in the state or just planning a visit to a popular New York destination in the spring, knowing when college spring breaks are happening in 2018 can help you plan your own vacation.
If you want to avoid large crowds on your trip to popular tourist destinations of New York City or the Hamptons, you should avoid booking during the months of March and April, when most colleges and universities in the state let out for spring break.
However, if you're a college student and want to plan when your friends at other schools will be out to celebrate with you, you'll enjoy knowing when each New York University has its own spring break.
New York Spring Break Dates 2018
For the New York colleges listed below, classes will not be in session during the dates listed, but school offices may still be open. Check the full academic calendar for each school for more information on closures and other school holidays.
- Adelphi University: March 12 to 18, 2018
- Alfred University: March 2 to 12, 2018
- Canisius College: March 29 to April 9, 2018
- Clarkson University: March 16 to 26, 2018
- Colgate University: March 10 to 18, 2018
- College of Mount Saint Vincent: March 26 to April 2, 2018
- Columbia University: March 10 to 18, 2018
- Cornell University: March 31 to April 9, 2018
- Elmira College: April 14 to 22, 2018
- Farmingdale State College: March 19 to 24, 2018
- Fordham University: March 22 to April 3, 2018
- Hamilton College: March 9 to 26, 2018
- Hofstra University: March 18 to 24, 2018
- Iona College: March 10 to 18, 2018
- Ithaca College: March 10 to 18, 2018
- Le Moyne College: March 2 to 12, 2018
- Long Island University: March 12 to 19, 2018
- Manhattan College: March 29 to April 2, 2018
- Marist College: March 10 to 18, 2018
- New York University: March 12 to 18, 2018
- Niagara University: March 28 to April 2, 2018
- Pace University: March 11 to 18, 2018
- Polytechnic Institute of New York University: March 12 to 18, 2018
- Purchase College: March 31 to April 8, 2018
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: March 12 to 16, 2018
- Saint Bonaventure University: March 29 to April 2, 2018
- Saint John's University: March 29 to April 2, 2018
- Saint Thomas Aquinas College: March 12 to 16, 2018
- Siena College: March 26 to April 2, 2018
- Skidmore College: March 10 to 18, 2018
- Syracuse University: March 11 to 18, 2018
- Union College: March 20 to April 2, 2018
- University of Albany: March 12 to 18, 2018
- University of Buffalo: March 19 to 24, 2018
- University of Rochester: March 10 to 18, 2018
- Utica College: March 12 to 16, 2018
- Vassar College: March 9 to 25, 2018
- Wagner College: March 5 to 10, 2018
Things to Do on Spring Break
Now that you're aware of your Spring Break dates, you can spend your vacation experiencing New York state—whether you want to avoid the college crowds or not.
2018 promises to be a big year, with party destinations throwing some of the wildest events on record, while budget destinations are reducing their prices like never before. If you're a college student who wants to leave the state, these cheapest spring break destinations allow you to save some on your trip while these 10 domestic spring break destinations don't require a passport.
If you'd rather get involved in a local community project during your vacation, you can also volunteer over spring break, but whether you're staying put in your college town or traveling abroad for spring break, make sure you stay safe during your spring break. Research the city you plan to visit, avoid dangerous neighborhoods, and remember to make digital copies of important documents in case you lose your bag while on vacation.