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About SUNY Downstate

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher
CHANCELLOR, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

Dr. John F. Williams
PRESIDENT, SUNY DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER


A VITAL UNIVERSITY

The State University has built an unprecedented record of service since it was founded in 1948. Adopting the motto, "To Learn, To Search, To Serve," State University has become the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating students in a complete range of academic disciplines on its 64 campuses.

State University's distinguished faculty includes internationally recognized figures in all the major disciplines, whose efforts are recognized every year with prestigious awards such as the Fulbright-Hayes, Guggenheim, MacArthur, and Danforth fellowships. In 1998, Dr. Robert F. Furchgott, SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine, becoming SUNY's third Nobel laureate.

The State University community comprises almost 480,000 people. Some 77,561 members of the University staff serve more than 402,000 students studying on campus or in the workplace. The growing number of graduates now exceeds 2 million, thanks to one of the best graduation rates in the nation among public universities.

As a public institution, the State University takes the lead in broadening access to higher education rather than guarding it for a select few. For the 2002-2003 year, minority enrollment was 73,600 students, at 18.3 percent of the University's student body an all time high. Approximately 33% of the students are 25 years of age or older.