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The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies. For more information about CUNY visit www.cuny.edu.

How to Become a CUNY Vendor

The University does not maintain a University-wide bidder/proposer’s list or preassign CUNY vendor identification numbers. Vendors are encouraged to contact the Purchasing Departments at each College to be placed on any potential college-specific lists. Contact information for CUNY purchasing departments is available on our website at cuny.edu/selltocuny. Placement of a vendor by a college on a potential bidder/proposer’s list does not guarantee receipt of solicitations from CUNY. To expedite processing and assignment of CUNY vendor IDs, we encourage all vendors to register with the New York State Statewide Financial System (SFS) Vendor Portal at sfs.ny.gov and with the New York City Financial Management System (FMS) Payee Information Portal at nyc.gov/pip.

What We Buy / Locate Our Opportunities

We encourage vendors to review our list of currently advertised procurements on our website
(cuny.edu/selltocuny), or on the NYS Contract Reporter (nyscr.ny.gov) and City Record (nyc.gov/cityrecord). CUNY may advertise specific procurements in trade or general publications depending on certain circumstances and marketing availability. These advertisements provide critical information and allow for MWBE and SDVOB firms to identify subcontracting opportunities.

NYS-certified MWBE firms interested in participating as subcontractors and/or suppliers on specific CUNY contracts are encouraged, but not required, to express such interest on the Sell to CUNY - Current Procurement webpage (cuny.edu/selltocuny). MWBE firms can post a one-page profile about their business for review by interested prime contractors.

CUNY publishes a Chart of Frequently Purchased Goods & Services, which is available on our website (cuny.edu/selltocuny). Interested vendors are strongly encouraged to review this chart to determine which CUNY colleges/schools may be interested in their offerings. Procurement opportunities that are not publicly advertised are usually sourced through Preferred Sources, OGS Commodity Contracts, Other Centralized Government Contracts, or are considered informal procurements with an estimated value less than $50,000. Those opportunities can be identified by contacting the Purchasing Departments at each College.

Door Openers: Insight on Navigating Our Agency

Opportunity for vendors, especially for NYS-certified as owned by minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans, exist at all levels of the University’s purchasing hierarchy. CUNY utilizes a University-wide collaborative purchasing process (University-Wide Contracts) for
core goods and services managed by the University Office of Strategic Sourcing with  centralized purchasing at the colleges to meet specific needs (Campus Procurements). There are several entry points for vendors to navigate business opportunities at CUNY.

When the University competitively sources for University-Wide Contracts or Campus Procurements, we employ a variety of procurement methods, including telephone and written Requests for Quotes, Invitations for Bids, and Requests for Proposals. Generally, we award most contracts greater than $100,000 based on lowest price or best value.

For certain Campus Procurements, CUNY - at its discretion - may employ an informal purchasing processes to competitively award up to $100,000 or $200,000 when the opportunity is targeted to NYS- certified MWBEs, SDVOBs, and/or other classified business types as permitted by University policy and law. For purchases made under the informal process, the University must determine that a price is fair and reasonable. All procurements greater than $50,000 will be advertised in accordance with applicable law.

For more information, review our website, cuny.edu/selltocuny, and/or contact CUNY’s Supplier Diversity team.