Albany – The State University of New
York today announced that enrollment at the state’s 64 campus system is at its
highest in the history of the University. Fall
preliminary estimates show SUNY’s enrollment grew nearly three percent to
439,624 students; an increase of 12,226 students over last fall. SUNY’s
enrollment has grown almost 20 percent over the past decade.
“This record enrollment is
more evidence that students recognize the educational excellence offered by our
SUNY campuses,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “In a time
of difficult economic challenges for students and their families, SUNY clearly
is the right choice for an accessible, affordable and high quality higher
“Access to an affordable,
high-quality education is the core of our mission,” said SUNY Trustee H. Carl McCall, who chairs the Finance & Administration Committee. “In order to continue to provide
educational services of the highest quality with the broadest possible access,
SUNY seeks addition operational flexibility, which will save money and produce
new revenue streams and a tuition plan to ensure academic excellence, and to
enable students and parents to plan for college costs.”
This fall, 110,322 new
students enrolled at SUNY, a cohort which represents 25 percent of SUNY’s total
enrollment. Of this group, the class of full-time freshmen increased almost
five percent to 76,828 students.
“With a tuition plan and some
additional flexibility, SUNY can continue to provide the education our students
deserve and provide the state with the best workforce possible,” said SUNY
Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “From the community colleges and
colleges of technology to university colleges and the university centers,
strong enrollment growth in all sectors of SUNY demonstrates demand for a
quality education throughout our system.”
“This increase in enrollment
at SUNY demonstrates the growing demand for access to public higher education
in this state,” said SUNY Provost Risa Palm. “That demand must be met
with the resources required for the continued delivery of excellent educational
opportunities that make SUNY a great public institution.”
In the past ten years, new
full-time freshmen enrollment has increased 33 percent; new full-time transfers
grew by 23 percent and new full-time graduate students by 40 percent.
In addition, another 1.2
million New Yorkers attend SUNY’s 64 campuses through continuing education
These students attend SUNY to
satisfy their intellectual curiosity, for self improvement, to experience the
joy of learning, to meet professional and continuing educational requirements,
and to learn new skill sets to better compete in a rapidly changing and
increasingly competitive job market.
the Nov. 18 meeting of the SUNY Board, the trustees approved its 2009-10 budget
request. The budget request is based on the four “pillars” of appropriate
state support for SUNY, a rational tuition policy, expanding entrepreneurial
activities and public private partnerships, and management operational reforms
and efficiencies (MORE).
The rational tuition policy
that would implement modest, annual and predictable increases based on the
Higher Education Price Index (HEPI). A rational tuition policy would
enable students and their parents to better plan for future college costs and
provide SUNY with the ability to invest in academic quality initiatives such as
hiring additional full-time faculty and providing scholarships and other
SUNY’s budget request addresses
ways to generate additional revenue to support the University’s mission, as
well as to maximize the public private partnerships as such as those called for
by Governor Paterson. For example, SUNY seeks the flexibility to leverage its
assets through entrepreneurial efforts that promote commercial and community
based activities such as retirement communities, health care facilities,
incubators, and energy production.
- Enrollment at the
state-operated/funded campuses grew by 2.2 percent to 217,858 students.
This is the highest enrollment in the history of this sector and
represents an increase of 4,589 students over last fall’s official
- Of the 31
state-operated/funded campuses, SUNY ESF reported the highest rate of
growth at 9.7 percent, and the University of Buffalo enrolled the most
students at 28,192. In the past ten years, enrollments in the
state-operated sector have grown 17 percent.
- The doctoral granting
institutions, which include SUNY’s four university centers enrolled the
most students at 98,926.
- Enrollment at SUNY’s 30
community colleges grew by 3.6 percent to 221,766 students. This is the
highest enrollment in the history of this Sector and represents an
increase of 7,637 over last fall’s official enrollment.
- Of the 30 community colleges,
Schenectady County Community College reported the highest rate of growth
at 17.4 percent, and Suffolk County Community College enrolled the most
students at 22,742.
- In the past ten years,
enrollment at SUNY’s community colleges has grown 22 percent.
the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 440,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on
64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu