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.
Some SUNY schools are very reputable, very selective and ranked very well such as these ones:
- Binghamton University
- University at Buffalo
- Stony Brook University
- SUNY Geneseo
Yes, they're not on the level of the Ivy Leagues like Harvard but they are very well-respected schools and they have ultra-low tuition so you get a bang for your buck. WIN WIN SITUATION!
Actually, nowadays, about half of the SUNY schools have acceptance rates of less than 50% (even the less-reputable ones); so they're getting harder and harder to get into. Supply&Demand.
SUNY student: Congrats, man, how much did you pay?
Private Univ. Student: Well, tuition was 40k a year so I spent 5 years there so, I only paid $200,000+room&board!!!!
SUNY Student: WTF, I went to Binghamton and only paid 6k a year; plus, my school is ranked much better than yours anyways
Private Univ. Student: *Hangs themself.
The SUNY name has somewhat of a stigma to it as (with many state schools), usually among those whose perception of it is based on shitty schools such as Brockport or outdated perceptions of schools such as Plattsburgh. However, SUNY schools such as Stony Brook, Binghamton, Buffalo, and Geneseo are very well-respected institutions that are very selective and attract many students from out-of-state and even some internationally. Many of the specialized schools, particularly FIT and ESF, are also very well respected in their fields (some are even among the best). However, even the average SUNY school has gotten considerably better over the past few years because of an increased demand amidst the economic downturn, which has forced many schools to become much more selective with admission. Due to the higher selectivity, schools like Plattsburgh have seen improvement in the student body and their level of motivation (which can also attract better professors), which served to improve the academics of the school.
Speaker 2: Oh, a couple hundred grand. What about you?
Speaker 1: Around $50,000 because I went to a SUNY school.
Speaker 2: Haha, well you get what you pay for. I'm sure the parties and STDs were good though.
Speaker 1: Nah, I went to Stony Brook, people took things pretty seriously there. The courses were pretty challenging, and I'm being considered for a six-figure job right now.
(Top of resume) "SUNY..." (Resume meets shredder)
"Patient diagnosed with food poisoning after consuming a meal at a SUNY dining hall"
"Patient diagnosed with a rare STD after consuming semen from a SUNY student."