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Last updated January 7, 2020

If you are from New York, chances are you have heard of both SUNY and CUNY. The State University of New York and the City University of New York are the public university systems in NY State. Get to know both to find the affordable college education of your dreams.

The Empire State (New York) holds the largest (SUNY) and 3rd largest (CUNY) public university systems in the United States. The SUNY and CUNY systems are separate and independent university systems, although both are public institutions that receive funding from New York State, CUNY also receives funding from New York City.

The State University of New York has 64 campuses across the state while The City University of New York has 23 campuses in all five boroughs. Both systems include universities, colleges, and community and technical colleges. Check out the chart below for a comparison of SUNY and CUNY:

This infographic was current in 2015.  For more information, visit SUNY and CUNY

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