The State University of New York (SUNY) is a system of public institutions of higher education in the state of New York. With a total enrollment of 410,000 students spanning 64 campuses across the state, and some 6,650 degree and certificate programs overall, it is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States. The State University of New York was established in 1948 through legislative implementation of recommendations made by the Temporary Commission on the Need for a State University (1946-1948), chaired by Owen D. Young. SUNY comprises all institutions of higher education that are state supported.
The state of New York assists in financing a university system that provides low-cost college level education to residents of the state. SUNY students also come from out-of-state and 171 foreign countries, though tuition is higher for these students.
There are a large variety for colleges in the SUNY system with some overlap in specialties from site to site. SUNY divides its campuses into four distinct categories: university centers/doctoral granting institutions, university colleges, technology colleges, and community colleges.
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