Governor Hochul Announces Increased Enrollment Across SUNY Campuses
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Increased Enrollment at State University of New York Campuses
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced increased enrollment across the State University of New York campuses. For the first time in a decade, year-to-year total system-wide student enrollment increased, up 1.1 percent overall from Fall 2022 to Fall 2023 for a total of 367,542 students. Undergraduate first-time enrollment – a leading indicator – was up across all sectors at 4.3 percent, a promising increase as SUNY works to fulfill the Governor’s vision to transform higher education into a path to upward mobility. The technology sector showed the strongest increase at 13.3 percent, followed by community colleges at 3.9 percent.
Governor Hochul’s Vision for Sustainable Development Goals
“New York continues to make important progress towards building the best public higher education system in the country and as a result, more young students are choosing SUNY,” Governor Hochul said. “I know firsthand that access to higher education is an engine for social mobility. That’s why I will continue to make important investments in our higher education systems and take steps to ensure college is affordable and accessible for students of all backgrounds.”
Enrollment Data and SUNY’s Efforts
SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. presented the enrollment data during a special meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees. His presentation can be found at this link here, which provides a breakdown per sector and by campus.
SUNY Chancellor King said, “There is a place at SUNY for every New Yorker, and the great news is that more students across the state are discovering their SUNY success stories. Governor Hochul and the legislature have made a significant investment in higher education, and we are pleased to see more New Yorkers taking advantage of everything our campuses have to offer—an excellent and affordable education that can empower them to pursue their career and life goals. We will continue reaching out to students and adult learners across our state to ensure they know about the opportunities on our campuses and the financial aid available to help get them there.”
SUNY Board of Trustees said, “We are proud to see SUNY’s system-wide enrollment increase for the first time in a decade. Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of the Governor and that of Chancellor King, we know SUNY can continue to build momentum and grow enrollment going forward. To do so, we must keep creating, increasing, and enhancing opportunities for all New Yorkers to attend SUNY, because a college degree or certificate is increasingly crucial for upwardly mobile New Yorkers.”
Initiatives for Affordability and Accessibility
Under Governor Hochul’s direction, last spring SUNY sent a personalized letter to every New York State high school senior outside of New York City confirming they were automatically admitted at their local community college to attend this fall. High school seniors in New York City received personalized letters this fall encouraging them to explore their future at SUNY.
Chancellor King and the SUNY Board of Trustees thanked former Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley for her contributions to increasing enrollment during her year-long term, including launching the first-ever two-week college application fee waiver initiative.
Additional enrollment initiatives include:
- The SUNY Match – where students who are not admitted to their initial choices are admitted to participating campuses
- Transfer Match – in which participating campuses offer direct admission to students graduating from SUNY community colleges
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Match – in which EOP applicants who are not admitted to their initial choice campuses on academic criteria are offered EOP consideration to participating campuses, pending financial eligibility review
Last month, the SUNY Board of Trustees also approved an application fee waiver for all AmeriCorps alumni. SUNY has ongoing fee waivers that apply to 60 percent of all high school seniors. Students in foster care, with military connections, low-income students, and students at 500+ designated high schools can apply to up to seven SUNY campuses for free, saving up to $350 any time during the year. In addition, the application fee waiver applies to students on track to receiving an associate degree at a SUNY community college so they can apply to a bachelor’s degree granting SUNY campus. For more information about ongoing application fee waiver programs, please visit this link.
Supporting Student Success and Completion
SUNY is also expanding efforts to support students to complete their degrees, including through:
- A 25-campus replication of Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) – national models to improve retention and completion
- Re-Enroll to Complete, the SUNY campaign to work with and re-enroll students who had withdrawn from SUNY with earned credits, student loan debt, and no degree
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About The State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers,
SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
SDG 4: Quality Education
- Target 4.1: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.
- Target 4.3: By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational, and tertiary education, including university.
The article highlights the increased enrollment across the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses, indicating progress towards providing equitable access to quality education. The Governor’s vision to transform higher education into a path to upward mobility aligns with the targets of SDG 4.
- Total system-wide student enrollment
- Undergraduate first-time enrollment
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
The article emphasizes the importance of access to higher education as an engine for social mobility. The efforts to ensure college is affordable and accessible for students of all backgrounds align with the target of SDG 10.
Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
|SDG 4: Quality Education||
|SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities||
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