SUNY Canton: Opportunity, Excellence, Success
SUNY Canton is dedicated to providing a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.
- A Student-Centered Philosophy - by keeping students' best interests at the center of everything that we do.
- Excellence - by challenging everyone to perform at a consistently high level through continuous quality improvement.
- Integrity - by treating others with honesty and respect during every interaction.
- Success - by creating an environment that encourages maximum personal and professional growth and helps students translate that growth into meaningful action.
- Diversity - by fostering a culture of inclusiveness that values individual differences, gives voice to all in the campus community, promotes the free exchange of ideas based on merit, and encourages a global perspective.
- Access - by offering affordable career- oriented public higher education to motivated, mature and disciplined students through innovative delivery methods.
- Sustainability -by implementing viable long-term options for resource usage, disaster management, transportation, and waste management in connection with all campus activities and weaving sustainability concepts throughout the curriculum.
- Flexibility - by embracing change to better address the needs of the college community and society at large.
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 23 career-driven bachelor's degrees, 22 associate degrees, and 7 one-year professional certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester and eight bachelor’s degrees are available online, allowing students to enroll from anywhere with Internet access.
All academic programs are designed in a ladder curriculum; meaning students who start in a certificate program can apply their first year of study toward their associate or bachelor’s degree. Often, students will enroll in a two-year program and then decide to stay at the College in one of the four-year programs.
The College takes great pride in its dedicated faculty members. Educators are selected to work at the College based on their profession 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; in addition to novelists and videographers.
There are 116 full-time and 89 part-time faculty members at the College. The student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1.
Most Popular Programs for 2012 Graduates
- During 2011-2012, there were a record 3,825 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.
- Students hailing from 32 states
- The College has international students from 17 countries, including England, Russia, Japan, China, the Caribbean Islands, and nearby provinces of Canada.
About the Campus
A self-contained community perfectly suited as a learning environment. It is comprised of 555 acres located in a scenic, semi-rural setting bordering the Grasse River and within walking distance of downtown Canton.
Twenty buildings fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape, including:
- Five classroom buildings with specialized labs for innovative hands-on learning
- Five residential buildings, including the new Grasse River Suites Residence hall, offering students single-rooms in apartment-style suites
- The brand new Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House, featuring an ice rink, pool, fitness center, and field house
- The Southworth Library, 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
- The College is home to many species of plant and animal life
The NCAA Division III Membership Committee recently recommended SUNY Canton Athletics for first year provisional status beginning for the Fall 2012 Semester. The College has a dedicated coaching and athletic staff who are focused on student academics and overall team dynamics. They inspire leadership and help students develop their talents on the court, course, field, or rink.
During the past year: