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Higher Education in New York

From the majestic Adirondack mountains and breathtaking Niagara Falls to the bustle of the world financial capital of New York City, the state of New York offers visitors a spirit, energy, and beauty that's hard to match. Similarly, the educational opportunities in "The Empire State" boast a rich and diverse array of possibilities.

CUNY: City University of New York

With nearly 250,000 degree-seeking students enrolled at colleges and institutions throughout the five New York City boroughs, The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban university system. CUNY has top-notch programs, faculty and facilities—and includes the opportunity to study with some of the nation's brightest and most interesting students. The University boasts an array of more than 1,400 programs from traditional liberal arts to specialized professional and career-oriented courses. CUNY provides academic excellence along with the opportunity to study in a vibrant international capital of finance, entertainment, communications and the arts.

The 23 CUNY institutions include 11 four-year colleges, six community colleges, the Macaulay Honors College, a medical school, a doctoral-granting graduate center, a law school, a graduate school of journalism, a school of professional studies and a school of public health.

The State University of New York - SUNY

The State University of New York (SUNY) welcomes and supports students from all over the world. Of our more than 463,000 total students, nearly 23,000 are international students from 160 nations around the globe.

Choice in Your Academic Program

SUNY offers over 7,000 degree and certificate programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of areas. The most popular programs include Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Communications, Science, and Liberal Arts.

You can find your program of choice by searching in our databases of undergraduate and graduate studies on the SUNY website. Go to www.suny.edu/student/international.cfm to learn more.

A Famous Brand

Every student who finishes a degree program at one of SUNY's campuses will receive a diploma from The State University of New York. Think of the opportunities you will have with a qualification from one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the world. SUNY is also proud to have on board world-renowned professors, researchers, Nobel Laureates, and Pulitzer Prize Winners. Notable alumni include fashion designer Calvin Klein, astronaut Ellen Shulman Baker, President of Nike Thomas E. Clarke, and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Chaturon Chaisang, among many others.

A Great Location

New York State is the World's 11th largest economy. You will find everything you want in New York State – metropolitan cities, beautiful mountains, quaint rural villages, world-class beaches, and a variety of activities to fill up your spare time. Find a perfect campus match based on your ideal living environment - urban or rural, small town or large city.

Student Support Services

SUNY campuses offer a range of academic and social support services to assist students. For our international students, we offer help from when you are first admitted to SUNY, through your first day on campus and throughout your studies.


SUNY is a public university system, which means that the university receives funding from New York State. Our tuition and fees are low, especially when compared to other universities in the U.S. For more information, please see www.suny.edu/student/paying_tuition.cfm. Tuition fees for graduate studies depend on the campus and the type of program. For more information, see the website for the campus of your choice.

CICU: Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

You've decided to study in the United States. Welcome! But where should you apply? Consider one of the 100+ independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities located in New York State. The state is home to 100+ independent (sometimes called private), not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer 2-year (associate), 4-year (bachelor's), graduate (master's and doctorate) and professional degrees and certificates in tens of thousands of areas of study.

With research universities, liberal arts colleges, technical institutes and specialized schools at more than 160 campuses all around the state – in New York City and Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, in the New York's Capital District, and throughout Central, Northern and Western New York – these institutions are the focal points of their communities, providing nearly unlimited learning and cultural opportunities.

Each university or college is unique. Some are large, some small. They enroll students from different ethnic and economic backgrounds, and from hundreds of foreign countries.

World-class dedicated faculty, including many who are active researchers, will challenge and inspire you. You'll benefit from the experience and knowledge of alumni contacts. You'll have opportunities to gain real-life experience and to build a personal network through internships, co-op experiences, research projects, study abroad, and exchange programs.

The quality of your education does matter. Quality is found in strong academic departments, small classes, caring professors, and outstanding career placement services. It's found in how an undergraduate or graduate university or college helps you to develop the skills to think critically, creatively, and analytically, and to express yourself effectively. You'll want to look for low student-teacher ratios and personal attention, both in and out of the classroom. You'll find quality at New York's independent colleges and universities.

At any of New York's independent colleges or universities, you'll work hard and learn more than you can imagine. Upon graduation, you'll be confident and ready for your career or graduate school. To learn more, visit www.nycolleges.org.

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