Founded in 1889, SUNY Oneonta became a charter member of the State University system in 1948. Today, it has grown into a liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus. The College is noted for an outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to both academic achievement and community service, excellent facilities and technology, a beautiful campus with a new field house and a lighted track and field, and a modern library with exceptional electronic and print resources.
After nearly 50 years of specializing in teacher education, the College received authorization to grant baccalaureate degrees, the first of which were awarded in 1942. Since the founding of SUNY in 1948, the development of SUNY Oneonta has paralleled the growth of the State University of New York, a system that has gained a reputation for academic excellence both nationally and internationally. Also in 1948, the College initiated its special program in home economics and began graduate offerings in teacher education. Subsequently, programs were developed both in early secondary education and secondary education.
With the addition of a full range of programs in the arts and sciences in 1964, the College became a comprehensive institution. Several study-abroad programs were initiated in 1967, and the College has continued to expand learning opportunities through international study, internships, community service, and technology. Pre-professional programs prepare students for advanced degrees in law and medicine. Cooperative programs allow students to combine a degree from the College with specialized studies at other institutions.
Today, the College enrolls more than 6,000 students in 69 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs, and several specialized certificate programs.
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