State University of New York

Main Office: State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246

Employees: 91,137
Interim Chancellor: Deborah Stanley

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The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. SUNY serves nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs.

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 2020, SUNY had total enrollment of 394,220. Females made up 56.2% 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 2021 is $7,070 and $16,980 for out-of-state residents. Tuition at community colleges is $5,070 average for in-state students and $9,920 for out-of-state students.

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

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley was named Interim Chancellor of SUNY in January. Dr. Jim Malatras resigned as Chancellor in 2021.


The State University of New York (SUNY), was founded at Potsdam, NY 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 January 10, 2022