How Do the Different SUNY Campuses Compare to One Another?


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The State University of New York (SUNY) includes 64 campuses. These campuses can be divided into four categories: university centers, or research institutions that grant doctoral degrees; university colleges; community colleges; and technical colleges. SUNY campuses are located in urban, suburban and rural areas in many different regions of New York state.

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The four categories of SUNY campuses offer many different kinds of degrees. SUNY university centers are major research institutions that offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, including medical degrees. Some of these university centers also have special connections to other research institutions. Stony Brook University, for instance, is linked to the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The university colleges mainly offer four-year bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. These campuses are mostly located in small cities and towns. SUNY technology colleges also offer bachelor's degrees and master's degrees, but they also offer associate degrees. Community colleges offer one-year certificate programs and two-year associate degrees.

Within these categories, SUNY campuses can vary a great deal in terms of size, specialization and location. For example, SUNY Old Westbury is a university college located in a rural area and has about 4,500 students. Buffalo State is also a university college, but it has over 10,000 students and is located in a city. SUNY Old Westbury offers degrees in arts and science, business and education. Buffalo State offers degrees in those fields, but it also has more specialized programs in fields such as social work and speech language pathology.

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