A New Academic Year Begins at SUNY Canton


Approximately 1,100 new students began their SUNY Canton education on Thursday, August 22. The college opened with newly renovated buildings and expanded academic offerings for the Fall 2019 semester. 

The college’s new student enrollment is consistent with the previous year, according to the Office of Admissions. Overall enrollment is currently up about 100 students from 2018, with a total of 3,370 students taking classes. Officials indicated there was a slight uptick in the number of returning students. 

Students walk between Payson and Cook Halls at SUNY Canton

“We are in the ideal position to provide our students with our high-tech high demand degree programs, all of which lead to great jobs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our residence halls are nearing at capacity, the classrooms are full, and we are ready for another tremendous year. It’s great to see so many new faces and be a part of the tremendous energy surrounding a new semester.”  

The college’s most popular four-year programs this year were the online Healthcare Management program, the signature Criminal Investigation program, the dual degree Nursing program, Veterinary Science Technology, and Management.  Game Design and Development is also a rapidly growing new program, with more than 100 new students. 

Library Learning Commons Expands

The Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive ground-floor renovations over the summer. It reopened with a brand-new combined circulation, reference and tutoring services desk to better serve its patrons. 

“We’ve created a combined single service point which allows students to access nearly everything we offer in one location,” said Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We’ve revamped the library classroom, and the tutoring center received a complete makeover.” 

Patrons visit the front desk at the Southworth Library Learning Commons

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive renovations over the summer. Pictured are staff helping patrons at the new circulation, reference and tutoring services desk.

Additional upgrades include energy efficient LED lighting, new furniture and an open floorplan. 

The Library Learning Commons serves as the student-focused center of campus and houses the Information Services department and the Cyber Café. It also has a thriving textbook loan program offering Open Educational Resources. 

Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Fall 2019 is the first semester for the college’s new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity, which combines six degrees into one overall academic organization. The center includes the college’s computer-focused Cybersecurity program and the fully online Emergency Management program to expand its educational scope. Exciting new programs and expanded collaborations with other colleges are also on the horizon.

Several brand-new facilities, including a Criminal Investigation Laboratory, a crime-scene staging room and a $500,000 state-of-the-art Cybersecurity-specific computer classroom in Nevaldine Hall will be completed over the next year. The official home for the center will be in Dana Hall, which is currently under renovation. These enhancements will increase the applied learning opportunities for students by creating real-world laboratories found in professional settings and industry.

By aligning related degree offerings, the center will also be better positioned to expand relationships with state-wide law enforcement and corrections agencies. SUNY Canton is currently home to the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the brand-new SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, offering students a continuous path from education to career.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.