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List of 4-Year Public Universities & Colleges in New York

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Known as the Empire State, New York is the 4th largest state by population yet the 27th by land area. There are in excess of 500 colleges and universities in the state providing an amazing variety for students. Public universities are schools that accept state funding while their private school counterparts do not accept public funds. The state college system in New York is one of the most robust you will find in all of America. Additionally, the number of colleges to choose from can simply be overwhelming to most students to comprehend.

SUNY and CUNY University Systems

The State University of New York System is commonly known known as SUNY while the City University of New York is called by the abbreviation CUNY. Both SUNY and CUNY schools are state colleges that are public higher education institutions. Top ranked public colleges in New York include University at Buffalo, New York University, State University of New York, and Empire State College. With so many public universities to research, where do you start? Find solace in services like MatchCollege to help you find the perfect college match for you. You can expedite the process by investing time into listing out your preferences, strengths, and academic interests. This exercise is followed by applying this criteria to colleges to help you find a great fit. Your criteria can include school size, enrollment, financial aid, tuition, academic programs, student to teacher ratios, campus life, reputation, online learning opportunities, and graduate school programs. All of which can quickly be found by using MatchCollege.

New York Public University Degree Programs

The sheer number of state colleges in New York means a seemingly unlimited number of academic choices. In fact, students can study at a school with a broad-based curriculum or at a school that provides specialty academic areas of interest. Specialty schools in the SUNY and CUNY system include schools focused on technology, environmental science, art, business, criminal justice, and agriculture. At other NY public schools, you can find degree programs in areas such as finance, counseling, graphic design, and public policy while sub-programs can be specialty tracks like microbiology, entomology, toxicology, robotics, or genetics.

City University of New York

The 11 schools listed below are part of the City University of New York system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College in New York, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY City College in New York, NY10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of CUNY City College
CUNY College of Staten Island in Staten Island, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY Hunter College in New York, NYMore Than 20,000info
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice in New York, NY10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
CUNY Lehman College in Bronx, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY Queens College in Queens, NY10,000 to 19,999info
CUNY York College in Jamaica, NY5,000 to 9,999info
Medgar Evers College - CUNY in Brooklyn, NY5,000 to 9,999info

State University of New York System

The 27 schools listed below are part of the State University of New York System. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of Farmingdale State College
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY5,000 to 9,999info
Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY1,000 to 4,999info
Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NYMore Than 20,000info Virtual Campus Tour of Stony Brook University
SUNY at Albany in Albany, NY10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY at Albany
SUNY at Binghamton in Vestal, NY10,000 to 19,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY at Binghamton
SUNY at Fredonia in Fredonia, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY at Geneseo in Geneseo, NY5,000 to 9,999info
SUNY at Purchase College in Purchase, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY College at Brockport in Brockport, NY5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY10,000 to 19,999info
SUNY College at Cortland in Cortland, NY5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College at New Paltz
SUNY College at Old Westbury in Old Westbury, NY1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY5,000 to 9,999info
SUNY College at Oswego in Oswego, NY5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College at Oswego
SUNY College at Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, NY5,000 to 9,999info
SUNY College at Potsdam in Potsdam, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred in Alfred, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY College of Technology at Canton in Canton, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi in Delhi, NY1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Campus Tour of SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY10,000 to 19,999info
SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica - Rome in Utica, NY1,000 to 4,999info
SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, NY1,000 to 4,999info
University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NYMore Than 20,000info

Other Public 4-Year State Universities & Colleges

Below is a list of other 4-year state universities and colleges in New York.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NYLess Than 1,000info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both New York in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.