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6 Easiest CUNY and SUNY Schools To Get Into

I didn’t apply to a SUNY or CUNY for undergrad, so I didn’t know the 6 easiest CUNY and SUNY schools to get into. I should have–some of them are great schools and I lived in New York, so the tuition would’ve been lower. Dammit, younger me! Overall, I’m happy with my college choice, but I like to ponder the road not taken–and the debt not incurred. My personal battle with the Ghost of Christmas Past aside, CUNY and SUNYs are not cheap–they’re  just cheaper than other colleges.

But also, they’re super different. They are much more like cousins than siblings–but the good kind of cousin. The kind you get drunk with–on a campus green. The State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) are the two public university systems in NY State. CUNY, is additionally funded by the City of New York. The State University of New York (SUNY) has 64 campuses across the entire state and The City University of New York (CUNY) has 23 campuses across all five boroughs. Both systems have universities, colleges, and community and technical colleges which offer high-quality education to its students.

When applying to grad school I didn’t make the same mistake of overlooking our fine ass local public colleges and universities.  I applied to and was accepted to a very cool CUNY that I didn’t even know existed until I did research. And by research, I don’t mean dating a CUNY instructor, which I was also doing at the time–though she was working in a different department at a different college and teaching philosophy while I was going to study art.  What I’m trying to say is no, I did NOT sleep my way into a CUNY acceptance, though the more I protest the more you’re starting to wonder, right? But I DID learn about these great public colleges–even though I ended up going a different way for grad school.

Especially if Governor Cuomo’s plan to eliminate tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools for qualified applicants is passed–why wouldn’t you apply? Also, all of the people I know who did go to SUNYs seems like they enjoyed a quintessential college experience. There were all-nighters, football rivalries, pranks, keggers, and brochure-ready groups laying on lawns.  The closer to Animal House the closer to perfection–right? If you’re more interested in schools to which it is very difficult to gain admission then check out the 10 Easiest and Hardest Concentrations at Harvard.

If you are looking to get into either a SUNY or CUNY then you are going to have the highest possible chance of acceptance if you opt for the schools which made today’s list of 6 Easiest CUNY and SUNY Schools To Get Into. We took a good look at the statistics published by Startclass, and ranked each SUNY and CUNY schools regarding their acceptance rate. Also, we avoided the institutes that had fewer than one thousand applicants.


6. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, New York

Total Students: 15,045

Number of Applicants: 13,884

Undergraduate Acceptance Rate: 37.1 %

This is the only liberal arts college that has a focus on forensics and criminal justice. Their mascot is the bloodhounds for obvious reasons.


5. CUNY City College

New York, New York

Total Students: 15,579

Number of Applicants: 21,050

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 38.1 %

We are continuing our list of easiest CUNY and SUNY schools to get into with CCNY that is the oldest senior college and the flagship college in the CUNY system. It is also one of the shooting locations for the fictional Hudson University that appears in Law & Order and many an NYC-based crime drama.




4. CUNY Queens College

Flushing, New York

Total Students: 19,310

Number of Applicants: 18,289

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 39.8 %

“The College of the Future.” Walt Whitman once worked here


3. CUNY New York City College of Technology

Brooklyn, New York

Total Students: 17,374

Number of Applicants: 17,293

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 72.8 %

CityTech for students interested in technology, engineering, applied sciences and design–as well as liberal arts–was founded in 1946 and allowed women in 1965. They built their newest 350,000 square foot building in 2013.

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2. CUNY Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn, New York

Total Students: 6,701

Number of Applicants: 7,771

Undergraduate Acceptance Rate: 91%

Named after civil rights leader Medgar Evers, this college is located in central Brooklyn in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. There are 4 schools within the college: Business, Professional and Community Development, Liberal Arts and Education, and Science, Health, and Technology. They also host many centers like The Male Development and Empowerment Center, The Center for Black Literature, and the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.


1. College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, New York

Total Students: 14,346

Number of Applicants: 11,439

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 94.3%

Located on Staten Island this is one of the only colleges in which a ferry can play a large part of your commute. There is also a ferry shuttle from the ferry to the Willowbrook campus.

Now that we’ve finished with the CUNY, we are on to the SUNY in our list of 6 easiest CUNY and SUNY schools to get into. These state schools are some of the easiest to be admitted to in the system.

6. SUNY College at Old Westbury

Old Westbury, New York

Total Students: 4,504

Number of Applicants: 3,490

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 62.4 %

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5. SUNY College at Potsdam

Potsdam, New York

Total Students: 3,979

Number of Applicants: 5,155

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 67.6 %

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4. SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

Delhi, New York

Total Students: 3,598

Number of Applicants: 5,134

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 68.2 %


3. SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

Cobleskill, New York

Total Students: 2,535

Number of Applicants: 3,139

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 73.3 %


2. SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Canton, New York

Total Students: 3,278

Number of Applicants: 3,119

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 80.7 %


1. SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Total Students: 11,952

Number of Applicants: 1,308

Under graduate Acceptance Rate: 81.1 %

Now that you’ve read all of the 6 easiest CUNY and SUNY schools to get into, it’s time to start filling out applications!