Jun 13, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. Our impact in New York State and across the globe begins with our 64 institutions, including research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, colleges of technology and an online learning network. We serve 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. Our nearly 3 million SUNY alumni are located around the globe, each making their own unique impact.

SUNY was created out of a commitment to opportunity and access, and designed to meet diverse needs across a vast geographic landscape. We reflect both the land grant mission reborn and a reputation for embracing new thinking and brighter ideals. Our faculty and students are constantly seeking, generating, analyzing, and sending knowledge back into the world through informed citizens, revitalized
communities, and experts who transform entire sectors.

SUNY’s colleges and universities are state-supported and our graduates have been giving back and transforming the lives of local and global citizens since we were established over 65 years ago. Millions of SUNY alumni are working in their communities every day, changing and improving the world with exceptional contributions — whether defined as a medical breakthrough, a technological innovation, an inspirational piece of art, or the birth of a new business.

By leveraging our talents and resources in targeted, quantifiable ways, we bolster New York’s economy and enhance the quality of life for its citizens.

The nation’s largest comprehensive public university system, The State University of New York (SUNY), was established in 1948. Since its founding, the SUNY system has evolved to meet the changing needs of New York’s students, communities, and workforce. 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.

Today, the system includes 64 schools, a mix of 29 state-operated campuses and five statutory colleges—including research universities, liberal arts colleges, specialized and technical colleges, health science centers, land-grant colleges — and 30 community colleges. These institutions offer programs as varied as ceramics engineering, philosophy, fashion design, optometry, maritime studies, law, medical education, and everything in between. The University also operates hospitals and numerous research institutes.

SUNY is embedded in virtually every community in New York State: Remarkably, 93 percent of New Yorkers live within 15 miles of a SUNY campus, and nearly 100 percent live within 30 miles. In many communities, SUNY is also the region’s largest employer. While SUNY students are predominantly New York State residents, hailing from every one of the state’s 62 counties, the University also draws students from every other state in the United States, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and 160 nations from around the world. One out of three New York State high school graduates choose SUNY, and the total enrollment of nearly 445,000 full-time and part-time students represents 37 percent of New York State’s higher education student population. SUNY also employs 88,000 faculty and staff and counts more than 3 million living alumni, residing in New York State and throughout the world.

SUNY attracts the best and brightest scholars, scientists, artists, and professionals and boasts nationally and internationally recognized faculty in all major disciplines. Faculty are regular recipients of prestigious awards and honors.

The State University of New York is committed to serving as the state’s strongest economic and quality-of-life driver and providing quality education at an affordable price to New Yorkers and students from across the country and the world.

Visit www.suny.edu/about/fast-facts/ for more on the State University of New York.

SUNY Board of Trustees

Merryl Tisch, Chairman New York City
Cesar Perales, Vice Chairman Brooklyn
Joseph W. Belluck New York City
Courtney E. Burke Albany
Eric Corngold Brooklyn
Marcos Crespo Bronx
Robert J. Duffy Rochester
Christy Fogal Rochester
James Haddon New York City
Bradley Hershenson President, SUNY Student Assembly
Gwen Kay Syracuse
Eunice A. Lewin Buffalo
Stanley Litow New York City
Richard Socarides New York City
Edward Spiro New York City
Cary Staller Old Field
Camille Joseph Varlack Brooklyn

SUNY Senior Staff

Jim Malatras, Chancellor of the University  
Beth Berlin, Chief Operating Officer  
Anta Cissé-Green, Senior Vice Chancellor & General Counsel  
Valerie DentDeputy Chief Operating Officer  
Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline  
Aaron GladdChief of Staff  
John GrahamSenior Advisor to the Chancellor, Student Advocate  
Robert Haelen, Senior Vice Chancellor for Capital Facilities & General Manager of the Construction Fund  
Eileen McLoughlin, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer  
Robert MegnaPresident of Rockefeller Institute of Government and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor  
Teresa Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer  
Leo RosalesVice Chancellor, Press and Communications  
F. Shadi Shahedipour-SandvikProvost-in-Charge  

University Centers


State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at Binghamton
State University of New York at Buffalo*
State University of New York at Stony Brook* 

University Colleges


State University College at Brockport
State University College at Buffalo
State University College at Cortland
State University Empire State College
State University College at Fredonia
State University College at Geneseo
State University College at New Paltz
State University College at Old Westbury
State University College at Oneonta
State University College at Oswego
State University College at Plattsburgh
State University College at Potsdam
State University College at Purchase 

Colleges and Centers for the Health Sciences


State University Health Science Center at Brooklyn
State University Health Science Center at Syracuse 

Colleges of Technology


State University College of Technology at Alfred
State University College of Technology at Canton
State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
State University College of Technology at Delhi
Farmingdale State College
Maritime College
State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville

Upper-division and Master’s Programs

Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City***

Specialized Colleges

State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse
State University College of Technology at Farmingdale
State University Maritime College at Fort Schuyler
State University College of Optometry at New York City
State University College of Polytechnic Institute**

Statutory Colleges****


New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University
New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University Community Colleges

Community Colleges

Locally-sponsored, two-year colleges under the program of the State University of New York:
Adirondack Community College at Glens Falls
Broome Community College at Binghamton
Cayuga County Community College at Auburn
Clinton Community College at Plattsburgh
Columbia-Greene Community College at Hudson
Community College of the Finger Lakes at Canandaigua
Corning Community College at Corning
Dutchess Community College at Poughkeepsie
Erie Community College at Williamsville, Buffalo and Orchard Park
Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City***
Fulton-Montgomery Community College at Johnstown
Genesee Community College at Batavia
Herkimer County Community College at Herkimer
Hudson Valley Community College at Troy
Jamestown Community College at Jamestown
Jefferson Community College at Watertown
Mohawk Valley Community College at Utica
Monroe Community College at Rochester
Nassau Community College at Garden City
Niagara County Community College at Sanborn
North Country Community College at Saranac Lake
Onondaga Community College at Syracuse
Orange County Community College at Middletown
Rockland Community College at Suffern
Schenectady County Community College at Schenectady
Suffolk County Community College at Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood
Sullivan County Community College at Loch Sheldrake
Tompkins Cortland Community College at Dryden
Ulster County Community College at Stone Ridge
Westchester Community College at Valhalla

*The Health Sciences Centers at Buffalo and Stony Brook are operated under the administration of their respective University Centers.

**This is an upper-division institution authorized to offer baccalaureate and master’s degree programs.

***While authorized to offer such baccalaureate and master’s degree programs as may be approved pursuant to the provisions of the Master Plan, in addition to the associate degree, the Fashion Institute of Technology is financed and administered in the manner provided for community colleges.

****These operate as “contract colleges” on the campuses of independent universities.