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State University of New York

Main Office: State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246

Employees: 91,137
Chancellor: Kristina Johnson

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating over 436,000 students in 7,262 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses including community colleges.

The largest campuses in SUNY are the University of Buffalo, University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University. Cornell University has four schools that are part of SUNY.

For a complete list of campuses and map, click here.

In 2016, SUNY had total enrollment of 436,138. Females made up 54% of total students.

SUNY employs a total of 91,137 workers including:
State Operated: 19,670 (60.6% Full-Time)
Community Colleges: 13,580 (29.2% Full-Time)
State Operated: 45,461 (76.5% Full-Time)
Community Colleges: 11,866 (64.4% Full-Time)
System Administration: 560

In-state tuition for SUNY campuses for 2016-17 is $6,470 and $16,320 for out-of-state residents. Tuition at community colleges is $4,370 average for in-state students and $8,920 for out-of-state students.

For every state dollar received, SUNY generates $5 in total spending in NYS. The 2012-13 SUNY budget of $12.0 billion, which includes $3.3 billion in state support, equals an estimated $16.9 billion total economic impact.

SUNY has over 3 million total alumni and 2.4 million are NYS residents.

Kristina Johnson became the new Chancellor of the SUNY system in September 2017.


The nation’s largest and most comprehensive state university system, The State University of New York (SUNY), was founded at Potsdam, New York in 1816. Years later, the Morrill Act of 1862 led to the creation of four Ivy League land-grant SUNY colleges, which now currently exist at Cornell University.

SUNY was officially established in February 1948 when New York became the 48th state, of the then 48 states, to create a state university system. SUNY initially represented a consolidation of 29 unaffiliated institutions, including 11 teachers colleges. All of these colleges, with their unique histories and backgrounds, united for a common goal: To serve New York State.


SUNY employee benefits can be viewed here.

Updated October 22, 2017


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