An system of Universities scattered across the state of New York. Unlike private schools, these Universities are backed up by taxpayer money, so the tuition and board is relatively cheaper. Each University has its strengths and weaknesses, but many subjects are covered.
While not the most prestigious Universities to go to in the state, they offer a great education and social experience. This is where the average student (those who work hard but tend to underachieve) most likely goes, due to its great programs and affordability.
I studied at a SUNY, now I make an average income, have a nice spouse and kids, and live in a relatively nice home.