I was analyzing about two institutions in the same city and in the same "State University", which is the State University of New York. But which one of the could be the "state's 'state university's'" campus?
a - University of Buffalo. or
b - Buffalo State College
Unlike the other S.U.N.Y. campuses, which are expressed in the following later on, are sometimes called as the name of that campus instead of being a campus itself. But I re-arranged it as it should be:
Red = University Center
The University at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) should be listed to this list as well. The following map shows a white shaded dot or circle that indicates a "University Center":
There's also a solid white dot for the Upstate Medical Center and College of Environmental Science and Forestry, both of which are located in Syracuse. Also the Downstate Medical Center and the Optometry College, both located in the NYC area and Long Island.
A University Center is a doctorate/research university. So there are 10 of these designations in the SUNY system. But for national comparisons of flagship universities, I wouldn't count the Upstate Medical Center, Downstate Medical Center, The Optometry College, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry nor the Ceramics School at Alfred University.
Only SUNY (University at Buffalo), SUNY (University at Albany), SUNY (Binghamton University) and SUNY (Stony Brook University) I would count as state flagships in the peership of state flagships in the nation. Also, Cornell University, which is a private Ivy League school like Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth, is contracted by the State of New York to provide the Federal Morrill Act of 1862 Land Grant University system
, which is the state's Agricultural college, Home Economics, Veterinary School and School of Labor and Industrial Relations. So Cornell, though private and Ivy League is like Michigan State, Iowa State, Purdue, Clemson, Rutgers, Kansas State, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State in this regard. So really there is 5 flagships in the SUNY system. The school of Environmental Science, Ceramics at Alfred University (also a private university contracted by the state to provide this program) and the Upstate and Downstate Medical Schools as well as the Optometry College are too much of specialty schools to compare to the University of Maryland, Penn State, Michigan, South Carolina, UMass, and the University Centers at Buffalo, Albany, Binghamton, Stony Brook, and the Land Grant at Cornell are like those other statewide flagships. Here's an article on Cornell recieving state of NY money to run the state's Land Grant system:
As far as Buffalo State College, or SUNY-Buffalo State, its a university college and does not offer much as far as doctorates and is not a research university and wouldn't be equivalant to Penn State, Maryland, Ohio State, the University of Missouri, UMass. They would be more like Marshall University or Northern Michigan, or Eastern Illinois, or perhaps Chicago State University is a better comparison for Buffalo State. Its purpose is not as high of a level like the University at Buffalo (SUNY) University Center which has extensive doctorate granting capabilities and research. Buffalo State is more focused on undergraduate education and the University at Buffalo is focused on graduate education, undergraduate education and research.