SUNY Canton Ranked Among Most Military Friendly® Small Public Schools in U.S.


SUNY Canton has received a prestigious ranking on the 2024-2025 annual Military Friendly® school list, which was released March 27.

The college earned sixth place nationally in the small public schools category and will be featured in G.I. Jobs magazine’s May issue.

“This is the 13th consecutive year SUNY Canton has been recognized as a Military Friendly® school, which is a reflection of the efforts we have made to assist active-duty service members, veterans and their families reach their educational goals,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The college currently has 147 military-affiliated students. Patrick S. Massaro, SUNY Canton’s veterans coordinator, helps connect them with available resources. Cybersecurity major and Data Science minor Eliza G. Ochoa, a Navy veteran from Los Angeles, said she selected the college because of its renowned academic program, as well as its standing as a military-friendly institution.

Eliza Ochoa

“I am very grateful for all the support and resources SUNY Canton has provided; most importantly, a safe, nurturing environment to better myself,” she said. “This academic journey has been very positive and provided me with a career path where I can see myself being successful and passionate about what I do.”

She is a SUNY Research Foundation intern, and her duties involve the creation and management of the organization’s client relations system. In addition, Ochoa is part of a team of researchers in the college’s Advanced Information Security and Privacy (AISP) Lab, where they are developing a cyber awareness training module.

She also assists with the upkeep of the Raymond G. Modell Veterans Lounge, maintaining equipment and ensuring the space is a comfortable area on campus where her peers can socialize and study.

SUNY Canton has earned multiple awards recently for its commitment to the military community, including being named a 2024-2025 Military Spouse Friendly® school and a 2024 “Best Regional Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News and World Report.

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.