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SUNY Canton Anticipating Record Enrollment, Record Applications

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fall semester is quickly approaching and SUNY Canton is expecting a record number of students for the fourth consecutive year.

Total applicants and deposits have both increased since 2010 when the College shattered previous records in nearly every admissions category.

“There are a variety of reasons why our numbers continue to increase each year,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We have added six in-demand bachelor’s degree programs in the last 12 months and we also have a new athletic facility and a new residence hall. Those reasons coupled with our affordability make us more attractive to incoming students than we have ever been.”

SUNY Canton ApplicationsTo date, SUNY Canton has received 5,369 applications for the upcoming academic year, an increase of more than 200 from the same time last year. The College is expecting to surpass SUNY Canton’s all-time record of nearly 5,500 applications set last year. The previous record was set in 1977 when 5,331 students applied. Applications have nearly doubled in the past five years when SUNY Canton had just under 2,800 people apply in 2006.

One of the most impressive aspects of the College’s growth is in the number of transfer student applicants, which has jumped by 25 percent since last year and more than 100 percent in the last five years.

“We offer the opportunity for more than just first-time college students to get a great education,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski. “Our wide variety of course offerings both on-campus and online opens up doors for a lot of transfer, part-time and non-traditional students who may not have considered pursuing or continuing with their degree. Both our flexibility and our growth in academic programs are attractive for students of all ages.”

Bachelor’s degrees added in the last year include sports management, civil and environmental technology, electrical technology, mechanical technology, health and fitness promotion, and veterinary technology.

Students visiting campus throughout the last year were impressed by SUNY Canton’s brand-new Roos House athletic facility, which will be open upon their arrival to campus. More than 300 students will have the chance to enjoy living on campus in the College’s newest apartment-style residence hall, which will open just in time for the Fall 2011 semester.

SUNY Canton Welcomes New Director of Admissions

The College recently welcomed Nicole Campbell to SUNY Canton as the new Director of Admissions. Campbell has more than 13 years of admissions and marketing experience and earlier in her career served as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. She then served as the Director of Admissions and Marketing before becoming the Director of Communications and Marketing at The Barnesville School in Barnesville, Md.

“Nicole brings with her a wealth of knowledge and an abundant amount of excitement as she takes on this new position,” Sieminski said. “She has jumped right in with our phenomenal admissions staff and begun setting goals for what we believe will be another exceptional year for us.”

Campbell is a graduate of American University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s degree in public administration. She replaces Interim Director of Admissions David Norenberg, who is returning to his role as Director of Career Services.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Records Third Year of Record Enrollment

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton has broken total enrollment records for the third consecutive year.

The College has 3,686 students this year. The total contains an incoming class of 941 first-time, full-time students and 241 new full-time transfer students. In 2008, the College had 3,056 enrollments and 3,343 in 2009. The 2010 enrollment figure reflects a second straight year of more than 10 percent growth.

“We’re consistently growing in all the right areas,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We continually increase our selectivity in order to strategically grow our College’s student population while adding new career-driven four-year programs. The College is a completely different place from when I first came here. More students are making SUNY Canton their first choice when starting and continuing their higher education.”

The College has grown 73 percent in just the past ten years, up from 2,126 students in 2000, and it’s nearly doubled in size since enrolling 1,880 students in 1970.

“This growth has helped us avoid the layoffs and reduction of staff that we’ve seen in many other colleges around the state,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a big benefit to our local economy and area businesses to bring in additional students. We recognize our responsibility to the people of the North Country to continue to help energize and revitalize the economy.”

The College broke a 33-year-old record for the most applications in the school’s history with more than 5,500 applicants this year. The previous record was set in 1977 when 5,331 students applied. The College has increased applications nearly 20 percent for four consecutive years, up 77 percent overall from 2006.

Several key developments have led to the College’s explosive growth, including virtually no turnover in admissions counselors and support staff, a clear, concise marketing message, and the addition of more new bachelor’s degrees. Most recently, the College added degrees in sports management, civil and environmental technology, and electrical technology.

“We’ve grown in nearly every way and we anticipate another strong class next year,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversaw the admissions office through this year’s record enrollments. “The spring opening of our new athletic facility and our new residence hall opening next summer will make 2011 one of the most exciting years in SUNY Canton history.”

The College began construction on the Grasse River Housing Suites, a 305-room apartment-style living complex. Each suite contains single occupancy bedrooms surrounding a common living area. The new residence is designed for upper-class students and is expected to open in August 2011.

The new residence hall comes in addition to the College’s new Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, which is expected to open during the Spring 2011 semester.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Students Moving In at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SUNY Canton faculty, staff, and student volunteers will be on campus throughout the weekend to assist new students as they move in for the first time.

The Fall 2010 academic semester starts at 8 a.m. Monday, August 23, at the College, making this the first busy weekend of the semester.

Welcome Incoming 2010 Students

“We’re anticipating a third consecutive year of record enrollment,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We were hard-pressed to top last year’s enrollment of 3,300 students, but our admissions office has brought in another outstanding class while increasing selectivity.”

Among the events surrounding opening weekend include:

  • Freshman and transfer students will be moving on campus beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 21 at SUNY Canton.
  • Representatives from the SUNY Canton Parent-Family Association will be staffing hospitality areas all-day Saturday.
  • Returning students are scheduled to move back in beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 22.
  • Games and orientation events will be held beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday on the College’s turf field.
  • A special welcome for all 400 first-year experience students will be held at noon Sunday on the College’s turf field.
  • A College-wide picnic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 23, on the Roselle Academic Plaza.

On-campus housing is full, and courses are filling up quickly. Students are encouraged to process their bills before the start of the semester to ensure a smooth transition. Most student-centered services will be available from 8-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. For more information call the SUNY Canton main line, 315.386.7000, or 1.800.388.7123.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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On-Campus Housing Full at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

On-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton have filled to capacity for this fall, prompting campus officials to seek information on available off-campus student housing opportunities in the Canton area.

Landlords who expect to have vacancies or homeowners interested in renting rooms in their homes may contact the Residence Life office at (315) 386-7513 or email their information to reslife@canton.edu.

The tight housing situation is due to continued growth in enrollment, according to Courtney B. Bish, SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life. The College anticipates a third consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment. Last year, 3,300 students attended in the fall semester.

“Our extraordinary enrollment growth has created an incredible demand for on-campus housing,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversees the College’s admissions offices. “With the upcoming opening of our new athletic complex and the addition of even more new bachelor’s degrees, it’s a truly exciting time for our College.”

Applications to SUNY Canton have increased nearly 20 percent in each of the past four years, and the college expects to set an all-time record for applications this year, surpassing the old mark of 5,331 set in 1977.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Tops 5,000 Students in 2009

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

SUNY CantonMore than 5,000 students took courses at SUNY Canton in 2009 and applications for next year are up nearly 30 percent.

A record 5,173 students enrolled in courses throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winterterm semesters, setting enrollment records for each semester along the way. The aggregate total was compiled by counting unduplicated college enrollments for the entire year.

The College’s Summerterm grew nearly 40 percent in 2009 and enrolled almost 1,000 students. Winterterm grew 60 percent with 800 students.  The College’s all-time record enrollment was toppled this past Fall Semester with more than 3,300 students.

“There were years when I first started here that we struggled to enroll 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, who joined the College almost 17 years ago. “Surpassing 5,000 students last year means a great deal to me personally. It’s a considerable accomplishment that demonstrates the year-round extraordinary work of our faculty and staff to reshape our College and its mission. We have definitively grown into a 12-month a year institution.”

Kennedy cites the growing number of bachelor’s degree programs, online courses, international students, and the expanding year-round programs as some of the most prevalent reasons for the recent growth.

Applications for the Fall 2010 Semester are also up dramatically. Overall applications are up 28 percent from last year and up more than 100 percent from four years ago. The College has already received more than 3,200 applications, which is more than double the amount received in February of 2005 and 2006.

“Traditional and non-traditional students are recognizing that we are a College that does more than just educate,” said Kennedy. “We are a college that prepares students for careers.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Top 10 of ‘09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

10. Next Stop, Hollywood

Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More

9. Roos House Breaks Ground

Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More

8. Strong Awards

Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More

7. Nursing Options

Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More

6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item

Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More

5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times. » More

4. SUNY Chancellor Visits

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More

3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More

2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More

1. Enrollment Tops the Charts

SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More

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Winterterm Enrollment Grows 60 Percent

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw exactly 800 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm ever.

Winterterm enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago in 2005-2006.

Winterterm enrollment mirrors the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for the past two years, including 3,300 students at the beginning of the Fall 2009 Semester.

“Our back-to-back record-setting enrollment, along with incredible Winterterm and Summerterm growth demonstrates how well students and community members are recognizing the excellent academic programs that we offer,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve broadened the access to a quality career-driven higher education through affordable tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that for the second straight year, nearly 60 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded course selection.”

The College’s Director of Admissions, Jonathan Kent credits the career-driven educational focus for much of the expansion. “Whether we’re talking about our specialty Winterterm or Summerterm sessions, or our traditional semester, we are without a doubt the fastest growing college in the North Country,” he said. “There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, students will probably have a career waiting for them when they graduate.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton’s First-Year Enrollment Up 20 Percent

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

For the second consecutive year, SUNY Canton has reached an all-time enrollment high. More than 3,300 students are enrolled for the Fall 2009 Semester, topping last year’s previous record of 3,056 students.

First-year, full-time students recorded the largest percentage increase among student categories with a new freshmen class of 972 students. That’s a 20 percent increase from last year’s large incoming class of 810 and a 32 percent increase for the full-time, first-year class of two years ago.

“We are strategically growing our way through the statewide SUNY budget crisis,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve had a remarkable response to our in-demand, career-oriented degrees, particularly our newest bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. Students are recognizing the great value of a SUNY Canton education.”

Enrollment Increases

While enrollments are generally up throughout the SUNY system, SUNY Canton’s freshmen increase is likely among the largest. Overall College enrollment as of Wednesday morning was 3,343 students. Prior to last year, the College’s record enrollment was during the 1975-76 academic year when 2,833 students were enrolled.

“We’ve had back-to-back extraordinary recruiting years accompanied by a steady growth of continuing and returning students,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “That has also allowed us to increase our selectivity, particularly in our most competitive programs. We denied nearly twice as many applicants this year than last year.”

International and online programs have also seen dramatic growth over the past several years. More than 300 Bosnian students will be taking courses online from the American University of Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are among the total of more than 1,600 new students this year, which includes 211 full-time transfer students.

“As one of the largest businesses in this area, SUNY Canton recognizes its obligation to help the local economy battle through tough economic times,” said Kennedy. “We strive to be a leader in that area. We have the ability to do that by creating desirable, modern, innovative academic programs that attract more students. Those students come to the North Country and make an immediate, significant impact on the area’s businesses.”

The College has experienced dramatic growth over the last several years. Enrollment is up nearly 10 percent from last year, 28 percent from two years ago, and more than 60 percent from the 1998-99 academic year, when there were a total of 2,078 students.

“Our four-day academic week and our online classes are very popular,” added Kent. “They are among the many factors that explain why more and more students are choosing SUNY Canton. This year, we have also welcomed more than 50 former General Motors and Alcoa employees from Massena who are looking to transform or ignite their careers.”

Applications from prospective students increased 22 percent in the last year, 37 percent from two years ago, and were 77 percent higher than the Fall 2000 semester.

Northland Associates of Syracuse, a company that employs and subcontracts numerous local workers, is currently constructing SUNY Canton’s new $41 million athletic facility. The College also plans to begin building a new residence hall within the next year or two. SUNY Canton is expecting to add as many as five new bachelor’s degrees within the next year, including Sports Management, Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Renovations were recently completed on the College’s nursing laboratories, and renovation work is nearly complete in Nevaldine Technology Center, home of the College’s Engineering Technology programs.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Students Are Arriving at SUNY Canton

Friday, August 21st, 2009

SUNY Canton will be welcoming potential record numbers of students for the Fall 2009 semester.

Early projections indicate that total college student population will exceed last year’s record-breaking enrollment of more than 3,000 students.

A complete student population will be calculated in September.

Moving In

The following events and activities are scheduled for SUNY Canton’s opening weekend:

  • New students will be moving into the residences throughout the day beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at SUNY Canton.
  • Orientation Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym.
  • SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will welcome the incoming students at 10 a.m. Sunday in the tent in Parking lot 13, behind the Miller Campus Center.
  • Group games and team building exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the front-fields of the campus, near the water tower, immediately following Dr. Kennedy’s welcome
  • Bands and entertainment are scheduled from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Roselle Academic Plaza.
  • The College’s Opening Convocation will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug 24, in the tent on Parking lot 13.
  • Returning students will be moving into the residences on Monday.
  • The annual campus-wide picnic will be held at 5 p.m. Monday on the Roselle Academic Plaza.
  • The College’s first day of classes begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Numbers on the Rise

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Online Winterterm Exceeds Expectations and Applications on the Rise for 2009

The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw more than 500 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm session to date.

Winterterm enrollment increased more than 40 percent from last year and has nearly tripled since 160 students were enrolled in the first Winterterm session in 2005-2006.

Applications with the admissions office for next year are similarly on the rise. Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent reports applications are up more than 60 percent for the Fall 2009.

“We’re excited to follow up our record setting enrollment this Fall with such a huge jump in applications for next year,” Kent said. “Prospective students and community members are continuing to recognize the excellent academic programs we offer, the affordable cost of tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic and time-saving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s also an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that 64 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded offerings.”

SUNY Canton hit an all-time enrollment high this Fall with more than 3,000 students. Last year at this time, according to Kent, the admissions office had received just below 1,000 applications. That number has increased more than 60 percent with over 1,600 applications already received this year.

“We’re the fastest growing college in the North Country,” Kent pointed out. “We continue to offer majors reflecting in-demand careers and students are responding to that. There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, graduates will continue to be sought after to fill those jobs.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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