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State University of New York at Canton

State University of New York at Canton
Motto Great Majors, Great Careers
Established 1906
Type Public
President Zvi Szafran
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,550
Location Canton, New York, USA
Colors Blue, Green. and Gold
Athletics Independent (Provisional NCAA Div III; USCAA)
Nickname Roos

The State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) is a public, coeducational, residential college located on a spacious campus along the banks of the Grasse River in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States within the Town of Canton. Its northern location places SUNY Canton close to the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River, and major Canadian cities such as Ottawa and Montreal.

The College works with SUNYIT to offer students three master's degree programs. SUNY Canton's 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Special programs 2.1
    • Accreditation 2.2
  • Campus 3
    • Residence life 3.1
  • Athletics 4
    • Men's ice hockey 4.1
    • Athletic facilities 4.2
  • Student life 5
    • Clubs and organizations 5.1
    • Greek Life 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Originally founded in 1906 as the School of Agriculture (SOA) at St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton was the first postsecondary, two-year college in New York authorized by the Legislature. In 1941, SOA was renamed the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute (ATI). ATI became a member college of the State University of New York in 1948. To recognize advanced technology programs added in the 1950s and '60s, the College underwent another name change in 1965, this time becoming the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Canton or ATC. In 1987, the University's Board of Trustees authorized yet another name change to the College's present designation as State University of New York College of Technology at Canton.[1]

Beginning a new era for the College, in 1997 SUNY Canton received bachelor's degree granting approval from the SUNY Trustees and the Governor of New York State. Since 1997, nearly 20 bachelor's degree programs have been approved, and several others are in development.

In 2012, a fire damaged part of the Cook Science Center.


Since SUNY Canton offers one-year certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees, students in many disciplines may pursue a "ladder curriculum", allowing them to first earn a certificate and then proceed to the next level. SUNY Canton confers degrees through three academic schools: the School of Business & Liberal Arts, Canino School of Engineering Technology, and School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice.[2]

Students photographing evidence in SUNY Canton's Criminal Investigation program

The College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Psychology, Nursing and Veterinary Technology; Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and Management, and Bachelor of Technology degrees in Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Civil and Environmental Technology, Criminal Investigation, Criminal justice: Law Enforcement Leadership, Dental Hygiene, Electrical Technology, Emergency Management, Funeral Services Administration, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Health Care Management, Health and Fitness Promotion, Homeland Security, Industrial Technology Management, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Mechanical Technology, Sports Management and Veterinary Services Management. [2][3]

More than 20 associate degree programs leading to an AS, AA or AAS degree and more than 10 certificate programs are offered at SUNY Canton. Associate degree programs include: Accounting, Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, Apprentice Training: Industrial Trades, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems, Construction Technology: Management, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Science, General Studies - Liberal Arts, General Technology, Individual Studies - Business, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Veterinary Science Technology.[2]

Certificate programs in Air Conditioning Maintenance and Repair, Criminal Justice Studies, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Health Science Career Studies, Heating and Plumbing Service, Individual Studies, Powersports Performance and Repair, and Practical Nursing provide students with excellent skills for employment or for entry into an associate program.[2]

Special programs

The university offers cross-registration with St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam as members of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. A two-and-two program in environmental science and forestry and a one-and-one program in Forest Technology are offered in conjunction with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In both programs students begin taking general education classes at SUNY Canton prior to transferring to SUNY ESF to take environmental and forestry classes and complete the degree programs.[2] Students interested in pursuing a master's degree in accountancy (MS), health services administration (MS), and technology management (MBA) have the opportunity to do so. SUNY Canton offers this opportunity through SUNYIT's master's program.[2]



Cook Hall is home to the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. The facility includes mortuary science facilities, science labs, Science Tutoring Center, and nursing facilities. In 2003 the university opened the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) Newell Veterinary Technical Center. The building houses SUNY Canton's Veterinary Science programs and includes veterinary labs, classroom and conference space.[4] The SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering and Technology is located inside the Nevaldine Technology Center In addition to the engineering and information technology programs the facility also includes space for SUNY's automotive, motorsports, building trades, heating and plumbing, and air conditioning programs.[4][5]

The Faculty Office Building

The Faculty Office Building (FOB) is located near the center of campus and is connected to many of the other academic buildings on campus.[6] The School of Business & Liberal Arts is located inside the building as well as many of the administrative offices. The building also includes one of the various on-campus dining options, a deli and coffee shop.[4]

Suny Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center

The Miller Campus Center is the heart of the SUNY campus. The $12 million center opened in 2002, replacing the Kingston Theatre which suffered extensive fire damage in 1997.[4] The Miller Campus Center contains student activity offices, conference spaces study and relaxaton areas lounge space the SUNY Campus Bookstore, on-campus post office, Health Center, dining center, and a gym for student recreational and intramural activities.[4]

Southworth Library is the academic library for SUNY Canton.[7] It houses college archives, a coffee shop known as the Cyber Cafe, the university's print and media collections for use by students for research as well as recreation. The collection includes over 65,000 volumes, 6,000 microfilms, 300 periodical subscriptions and 1,500 video and audio recordings. Students also have access to over 25 electronic information research databases.[8]

Residence life

SUNY Canton's currently has four residence halls—Heritage, Mohawk, Rushton, Smith. They are located along the Grasse River in the north-central portion of the campus. The College recently opened Grasse River Suites, an additional housing option offering apartment-style living for upper classmen. Features include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom and meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.[9] Chaney Dining Center is the main dining hall on the campus; it is located near the residence halls and serves both resident and commuter students.


SUNY Canton athletic teams are known as the SUNY Canton Roos. The Roos currently compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), independent of conference affiliation for most sports, women's ice hockey competes in the newly formed ECAC North Atlantic Division and baseball has joined the Empire Eight Conference. In June 2015, the College was approved for full membership status in the NCAA Division III. [10]

The university was previously a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 2004-2011 after transitioning from National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the school moved from a two-year community college to four-year comprehensive university.[11] SUNY Canton was a member of the Sunrise Conference for most sports until the conference dissolved in 2011.[12]

The university announced an expansion of athletics starting in the 2011-12 academic year.[13][14] In 2011, SUNY Canton added men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, as well as reinstating its women's volleyball program.[15] The university plans to add women's ice hockey for the 2012-13 academic year.[16][17]

Men's ice hockey

The SUNY Canton ice hockey program began in the mid-1960s and has won 15 NJCAA National Championships in: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1997, and 2000.[18] The team currently competes in the Division III (NCAA) level as it was awarded independent status with eventual admittance into the SUNY conference. In its second season as a member of the ACHA, the Roos reached the 2010 ACHA Division I National Tournament before falling to Penn State 3-7 in the first round.[19] The Roos won their second straight ECHL regular season championship and first ever conference playoff championship in 2011. The team also made a second straight appearance in the ACHA DI Championship.[20]

Athletic facilities

The school recently completed a new, state-of-the-art $46 million athletic and convocation center, otherwise known as "CARC" and nicknamed "Roos House". The facility features several athletic courts, an ice arena, a pool and a fitness center, along with office and meeting spaces.[21]

Student life

Clubs and organizations

Students participate in several clubs and organizations under the umbrella of the student government known as the Student Cooperative Alliance (SCA) with staff support from the Student Activities office. Intramural and recreational activities are also available. SUNY Canton's club community includes:[22]

Greek Life

SUNY Canton currently recognizes eleven social Greek organizations:[22]


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External links

  • SUNY Canton
  • Canton Athletics

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