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About Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate is one of 140 academic medical centers, and the only one in Central New York. We are an upper-division transfer and graduate school. Our campus is part of a vibrant University Hill area that includes Syracuse University and SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry. Upstate’s tuition is lower than that of private universities.

Our Mission

Upstate’s mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and health care.

Our History

Upstate traces its origins to 1834; the year Geneva Medical College was founded. The college disbanded in 1871 and its assets became part of Syracuse University, which sold the medical school to the State University of New York in 1950.

Our Structure

Upstate Medical University includes four colleges:

Our total enrollment is about 1,600 students. We also boast a growing biomedical research enterprise, and the region’s only Level-1 trauma center, children’s hospital and cancer center.

About Syracuse

Syracuse is a college town that offers both an outstanding quality of life and affordable living. Our university puts you in the heart of New York’s fourth-largest city. Central New York has long enjoyed a reputation as a comfortable place to live, with high-performing schools, cultural offerings and sporting events, a wealth of beautiful parks, lakes and four-season recreational opportunities — and short commutes.

Upstate at a Glance

Upstate at a Glance
State University of New York (SUNY)
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York
Mantosh Dewan, MD
Academic Medical Center
History of SUNY Upstate Medical University / Health Sciences Library
Student Enrollment
1379 (2023)
Full Time: 1,243
Part Time: 136
College of Graduate Studies
College of Health Professions
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
University Hospital - Downtown Campus
University Hospital - Community Campus
Golisano Children's Hospital
University Health Care Center (UHCC)
Tuition & Fee Rates

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Graduate Studies

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
College of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
MD/PhD Program


Doctor of Physical Therapy
(Entry-level DPT)

College of Health Professions

Doctor of Nursing Practice
College of Nursing

Master of Science (MS)
College of Health Professions
College of Graduate Studies
College of Nursing

Master of Public Health, College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Health Professions
College of Nursing

Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS)
College of Health Professions

Accredited Residency Programs 47
2,2578 (Apr. 2024)
(669 full-time, 196 part-time, 1,713 volunteer)
Total: 9,849 (Nov. 2017)
State employees: 7,636
Research employees: 935
Affiliated Entities: 643
Contract Staff: 352
Temp Agency: 283
25 buildings on 30 acres
40 student organizations; six intramural sports with men's, women's and co-ed teams
Hospital Beds
752 (Feb. 2020)
Average Daily Census
526 (Dec. 2019)
Hospital Paid FTE
6659 - 6059 State Paid and 600 Contracted (Dec. 2019)