Education in New York City is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions.

Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg the city embarked on a major school reform effort.

The New York Public Library, which has the largest collection of any public library system in the country, serves Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

New York State is the nation’s largest importer of college students, according to statistics which show that among freshmen who leave their home states to attend college, more come to New York than any other state, including California.

Enrollment in New York State is led by New York City, which is home to more university students than any other city in the United States.

A third of college graduates in New York City are CUNY graduates, with the institution enrolling about half of all college students in New York City.

The City University's alumni include Jonas Salk, Colin Powell, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

New York also has many nationally important independent universities and colleges, such as (in alphabetical order) Barnard College, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Fordham University, Long Island University, Manhattan College, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, Pace University, Pratt Institute, St.

Public higher education is provided by the many campuses of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY).

CUNY is built around the City College of New York, whose own history dates back to the formation of the Free Academy in 1847.

Much of CUNY's student body, which represent 145 countries, consists of new immigrants to New York City.

CUNY has campuses in all of the five boroughs, with 11 four-year colleges, 6 two-year colleges, a law school, a graduate school, a medical school, an honors college, and a journalism school.