Universities in Central New York

The seven counties in Central New York are rich with private and public colleges and universities. Guest speakers and public programs, college sports teams, and the opportunity to earn advanced degrees enrich your life when you move to CNY.

Learn more and earn advanced degrees

Tens of thousands of students make CNY a youthful, vibrant, and optimistic place. The concentration of professors, researchers, authors, artists, scientists, engineers, and guest speakers enrich the quality of life. No matter where you live in CNY, it's convenient to work toward an advanced degree or a professional certification. It makes CNY a land of opportunity.

That opportunity has a long history. By the mid-1800s, the area had established a tradition of social change, entrepreneurial innovation, and groundbreaking colleges. It's why, for instance, CNY colleges welcomed women alongside men long before others did. The Ivy League's Cornell University in Ithaca was one of the first, with founder Ezra Cornell declaring: Any person...any study. Syracuse University also admitted women from its founding. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to earn a medical degree. She graduated with her M.D. in 1849 from Geneva College of Medicine, the forerunner of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.



Colleges and universities in Onondaga County 

Tompkins County 

Oneida County 

Madison County 

Cayuga County 

Oswego County 

Cortland County 

Online and branch campuses serving CNY