Home > About Canton > The College

Make Our Great Majors Into Your
Great Career

SUNY Canton makes education a hands-on engaging experience to prepare its scholars for careers.


Founded in 1906

The College was originally chartered in 1906 as the first postsecondary, two-year college in New York. In 1987, the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees authorized the college's present designation as State University of New York College of Technology at Canton, more commonly known as SUNY Canton.



SUNY Canton offers:

Areas of study fall into one of three unique schools:

  • The Canino School of Engineering Technology
  • The School of Business and Liberal Arts
  • The School of Health, Science and Criminal Justice

All academic programs are designed in a ladder curriculum, meaning students who start in a certificate or associate program can apply their first years of study toward their associate or bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 450 online courses and 16 degrees are available online, allowing students to enroll from anywhere with Internet access.

Civil Engineering

Student Enrollment

  • During 2018-2019, there were 3,200 undergraduate students
  • Student gender was split almost equally
  • Diverse mix of races, ethnicities and backgrounds represented in the student body, adding for a unique and rich cultural learning experience
  • International students from England, Russia, Japan, China, the Caribbean Islands and the nearby provinces of Canada


The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. Students learn from engineers; crime scene investigators and former police officers; nurses and doctors; lawyers and entrepreneurs; programmers; in addition to novelists, photographers and videographers. The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1.

College Leadership

Dr. Zvi Szafran is the President. There are four divisions led by a vice president reporting to the President.

» Organizational Chart


The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association. In the past three years, the college has added five sports and increased the number of student-athletes from 126 to more than 300.

A men's basketball player drives to the hole for a score.


SUNY Canton's eSports teams offer students a chance to participate in video game competitions at the collegiate level. Options include varsity and intramural matches. The College currently participates in HearthStone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, and FIFA. Additional games and teams will be added in the near future. SUNY Canton is the first college in New York to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and competes with about 40 other colleges and universities.

Students playing League of Legends in the eSports Arena.

The Kangaroo

In 2007, SUNY Canton adopted the Kangaroos as its nickname, logo and mascot. The marsupial can only move forward, reflecting the College’s progress and mission. The athletic teams are often called “Roos” and the athletic building is nicknamed “Roos house.” The mascot’s name is Roody Roo.

Roody in front of the Miller Campus Center

About the Campus

SUNY Canton is comprised of 555 acres located in a scenic, semi-rural setting bordering the Grasse River and within walking distance of downtown Canton.

» Campus Tour

» Campus Map

Students site in adirondack chairs in front of Kennedy Hall.

Twenty buildings fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape, including:

  • Five classroom buildings with specialized labs for innovative hands-on learning
  • Five residential buildings, including Kennedy Hall, offering students single-rooms in apartment-style suites
  • The new Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center features an ice rink, pool, fitness center, and field house
  • The Southworth Library Learning Commons, serves as the technological center and research hub of campus
  • The Richard W. Miller Campus Center offering recreational and student access space for clubs and organizations
  • Miles of beautiful trails suitable for walking, running, biking or skiing surround the campus
  • Two scenic footbridges connect the campus with the Village of Canton