State University of New York

The State University of New York (SUNY /ˈsni/ SOO-nee) is a system of public colleges and universities in New York State. It is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States,[7] with a total enrollment of 424,051 students, plus 2,195,082 adult education students, spanning 64 campuses across the state. Led by Chancellor Jim Malatras, the SUNY system has 91,182 employees, including 32,496 faculty members, and some 7,660 degree and certificate programs overall and a $13.08 billion budget.[8][9]

State University of New York
MottoTo learn, to search, to serve
TypePublic university system
Established1948; 73 years ago (1948)
Endowment$3.66 billion [1]
Budget$13.08 billion [2]
ChairmanMerryl Tisch
ChancellorJim Malatras
Vice-ChancellorRobert Megna
ProvostTod Laursen
Academic staff
Students394,220 (Fall 2020) [4]
Undergraduates350,889 (Fall 2020) [5]
Postgraduates43,331 (Fall 2020) [6]
United States
Campus64 campuses[3]
ColorsBlue and Gray

The SUNY system has four "university centers": Albany (1844), Binghamton (1946), Buffalo (1846), and Stony Brook (1957). SUNY's administrative offices are in Albany, the state's capital, with satellite offices in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. With 25,000 acres of land, SUNY's largest campus is SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which neighbors the State University of New York Upstate Medical University - the largest employer in the SUNY system with over 10,959 employees.[10][11] While the SUNY system doesn't officially recognize a flagship university,[12][13] the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University are sometimes treated as unofficial flagships.[14][15][16]

The State University of New York was established in 1948 by Governor Thomas E. Dewey, through legislative implementation of recommendations made by the Temporary Commission on the Need for a State University (1946–1948). The commission was chaired by Owen D. Young, who was at the time Chairman of General Electric. The system was greatly expanded during the administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who took a personal interest in design and construction of new SUNY facilities across the state.

Apart from units of the unrelated City University of New York (CUNY), SUNY comprises all state-supported institutions of higher education.