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    Student Enrollment Rising at SUNY

    This year, State University of New York officials reported a rise in student enrollment for the ninth straight year, setting a new record with over 417,000 full and part time students.

    The SUNY system, created in 1948, incorporates 64 campuses and now educates a total of 417,583 students, making the SUNY system the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. According to SUNY officials, ‘especially strong growth’ at the four university centers–University at Albany, University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, and Stony Brook University–helped push SUNY past last year’s record enrollment. The SUNY system grew in almost every area for which records are kept.

    Full-time student enrollment has grown since last year, pushing ahead 2.1% from last year for a total of 290,688, and the minority student population grew by 2.6% for the Fall 2006 semester, according to a statement released by the SUNY Office of Public Relations.

    Here at SB, enrollment for the fall 2006 semester was 22,522. Administrators have been discussing a possible increase of the student body in the coming years, raising questions about the effects such an increase in population would do to the cost of tuition and the already cramped dormitories.

    Chancellor Ryan, who recently announced he would resign in May, said in a statement released by SUNY that the ‘record-setting enrollment means SUNY continues to provide access to an affordable high-quality education.’

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