Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Summer Programs

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Canton is an extremely small village, in a very rural area, situated between the St. Lawrence River and the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Capital, is an hour and a half drive by car. Montreal, Quebec, Canada is a two-hour drive. Canton is the county seat of St. Lawrence County, the largest geographical county in New York State.

The Village’s population during the school year, with 2 colleges in session, is around 6,400 and drops down to 2,200 in the summer when the students are gone. For more information about Canton, you can visit

Canton is hot and humid in the summer. There is often a heat wave in July, during which time the temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius or more, and nights are a bit cooler but can remain quite warm. Certain summers are a bit cooler or rainier than others, so you should still plan to bring a few items of warmer clothing. Please consult the following website for more details regarding the weather in Canton, New York: and enter 13617 as the zip code. For clothing item suggestions visit:

Yes, some activities that will be made available, in addition to the off campus excursions, include basketball, tennis, soccer, swimming, biking, canoeing, hiking. Barbeques and other social gatherings will also be planned.

Yes, SUNY Canton has multimedia labs in the library, and there are other buildings with access to computers with high speed internet. There will be wireless available in the residence hall. You are encouraged to bring your laptop with you.


To register, first select a Summer Program of interest. Each program has a Program Application and list of requirements. Please complete the form online, print, and mail to SUNY Canton. Please be careful to read all the directions and submit everything required.

The cost of each program is listed under that program. You will need to choose the program, and you will then see the cost on the same web page. You will also see what is included in the program.

Once you send in your application, along with the supporting/required documentation, you will be sent an invoice with instructions for payment of a $200 nonrefundable deposit fee. Once accepted into the program, you will then receive an invoice within approximately a week for the rest of the program cost. Payments can be made online by credit card or by wire transfer. Detailed instructions for both options will be listed on the invoice.

There is a $200 non-refundable deposit required at the time you send your application for processing. This will be applied to the total cost of the program, which is $2,800. If you decide not to come after having paid for the program, you will be refunded $2,600 per your instructions.


On campus

While on campus, you will be staying in one of our four residence halls.

We will provide all linens, which include a pillow and pillow case, sheets, blankets, and towels. All the linens will be clean upon your arrival. You will be responsible for washing them while you are here. There are laundry facilities in the residence hall. You will be provided laundry detergent the first week you are here. After that, you will be responsible for buying your own. There will be a small refrigerator, iron and ironing board, microwave, and toaster available for your use.

Off campus – When taking trips to Niagara Falls and New York City, you will be staying in the residence halls at University at Buffalo and Columbia University. Linens will be provided.


You will be given the opportunity to choose your roommate. If you do not provide us with a name of who you would like to room with by a deadline, we will assign a roommate for you.



Since this is approximately an eight-hour ride, you will be transported from the airport to SUNY Canton in a luxury chartered coach bus, which includes a rest room in the rear of the bus. You will be greeted by a SUNY Canton summer coordinator at the airport. Look for SUNY Canton sign.


For short local trips, you will be transported by one of our college's 12-passenger vans or a school bus.