State University of New York
College at Fredonia

178 Central Avenue
Fredonia, New York
phone (716)673-3251 or
fax (716)673-3249


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Average SAT verbal scores: 553
Average SAT math scores: 551

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3.32 unweighted
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State University of New York
College at Fredonia
178 Central Avenue
Fredonia, New York

College Description
The Fredonia campus is located in Western New York where a variety of intellectual, cultural, social, and athletic opportunities are an important part of campus life. The surrounding area provides students outdoor recreational opportunities and the offerings of two urban centers within a 30 to 45 minute drive from campus. The College was founded in 1826 and the student body reflects the diversity of cultures in New York State. A coeducational institution, the College attracts slightly more women than men. The majority of our students live on campus in one of the 13 residence halls.

Academic Life
Sixty undergraduate programs lead to B.A., B.F.A., B.S., Mus.B., or B.S.Ed. degrees. SUNY Fredonia is a leading university college offering a variety of majors in the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences, as well as professional programs in many areas. Most popular majors include: Elementary Education, Music, Business Administration, Communications, Psychology and Computer Science. Unique programs can be found in Recombinant Gene Technology and several choices in Media Arts.

Our curriculum is strengthened by a nationally recognized General College Program, a core of liberal education studies you'll complete regardless of your major. Our students receive support and guidance through our Office of Academic Advising, and our Honors Program provides unique educational opportunities to highly motivated students.

At Fredonia, internships are available and encouraged in several academic areas. Many departments offer you the opportunity to participate in faculty research, often culminating in presentations at national conferences. You also can participate in overseas study programs sponsored by Fredonia and other affiliated colleges and universities.

Campus Life & Activities
At Fredonia, we believe a combination of great educational options combined with a high quality of student life is the right formula for success. "Be a Part From the Start," a theme which our new students hear at our orientation and advising program, encourages you to become involved in the total Fredonia educational experience.

Fredonia offers more than 120 clubs and activities to meet your individual interests. You will have the opportunity to select from both academic and social experiences. Intramural athletics, music and theatre activities, Greek life, student government, Fredonia Fest, Superdance, an award-winning student newspaper, a leadership program, and a host of specialized interest activities await you.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, dedicated to the premise that all cultural heritages can be celebrated, combines talents and resources with such organizations as Latinos Unidos, the Black Student Union, and the Native American Student Organization to offer a comprehensive array of programs.

The majority of students live on campus in one of our 13 residence halls. You have the choice of living in suite or corridor style accommodations. Single sex, coeducational and independent style halls are offered. The residence halls offer free local telephone service, voice mail, call waiting, cable service, computer ethernet access and computer facilities.

Facilities and Resources
Our campus, situated on 266 acres, is located within the village of Fredonia. Excellent facilities blend traditional with contemporary architecture, showcasing an exciting campus master plan designed by internationally recognized architect I.M. Pei.

Facilities include a modern library, 13 residence halls, Williams Student Center, Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, 2 science facilities, and the Mason Hall music complex. Steele Hall, the field house and physical education building houses an indoor track, hockey rink, and the Blue Devil Fitness Center. Additional facilities include a health center, and several classroom buildings and specialized facilities. Our college offers student operated television and radio stations, WNYF TV and WCVF AM/FM located on campus. Housing three theatres and two art galleries, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center showcases the works of our talented students and faculty in our prestigious fine arts programs, and serves as a venue for national and international touring artists.

Athletic Facilities
Fredonia offers 16 competitive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women. Men teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, hockey, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Women teams include: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Fredonia also offers a coed cheerleading team. There are several club sports in intercollegiate athletics, such as rugby, field hockey, men's lacrosse, and men's volleyball. Also, intramural sports are popular and allow students of all abilities to play.

The physical education complex includes Dods Hall and Steele Hall. Dods Hall contains a gymnasium, a brand new fitness facility, dance studio and racquetball courts. Steele Hall contains an ice rink seating 1,000 and basketball/track arena, which seats 3,000. Outdoor facilities include 16 tennis courts, a baseball diamond, five soccer/multipurpose athletic fields, a 5,000-meter cross country course, 2 sand volleyball courts, and an outdoor track and field area. Additional workout facilities that are found in our residence halls include wellness and aerobic centers. Construction is underway on our new natatorium, which will include a swimming pool, and separate diving well. Throughout the 1990's Fredonia has won several SUNYAC and state titles. In addition, our teams have been ranked nationally in the top ten in hockey, soccer and track.

Financial Aid
You may receive financial aid funding from federal and state government sources, Fredonia scholarships and/or work opportunities. Various grants, loans and work-study funds are awarded to assist those students demonstrating the greatest "need." Last year, 76% of Fredonia students received some form of financial aid. The average award was $5,480. Many Fredonia scholarships are merit based.

In order to receive financial aid you must contact your high school guidance office or the financial aid office to request the basic financial aid application form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete this application as early as possible after January 1.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified students at both the college-wide level and at the department level. Fredonia offers scholarships based on academic achievement in high school and SAT or ACT scores. An application for scholarship assistance is mailed to all accepted students. Please contact us for specific information about scholarships.

Admission Requirements
Admission to Fredonia is competitive. We evaluate your application based upon a review of your unweighted high school average, SAT or ACT scores, rank in class, recommendations, and information provided in Part II of our application, the Supplemental Data Form.

We pay special attention to your achievement in college preparatory course work and the strength of your high school program. To meet the competition we recommend that you complete four units each in English and Social Studies, and a sequence in foreign language, as well as three to four years each in mathematics and science.

Most successful applicants present a minimum average of B and combined SAT score of at least 1000 or an ACT composite of 20. The college recognizes special talents and circumstances, reviewing each application on an individual basis rather than enforcing rigid "bottom line" statistics. We recognize special talents through our Full Opportunity Program. In addition, we subscribe to the state-sponsored Educational Opportunity Program (EDP at Fredonia) for students with educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applications may be obtained from any school counseling office in New York State or by contacting the Office of Admissions at Fredonia. We offer an early decision program and begin making decisions on a rolling basis in December. Attending an information session or open house is strongly encouraged, but an interview is not required. Students applying into art, media arts, music or theatre must complete a portfolio or music audition.

In Addition
In its College Guide 2000, U.S. News & World Report ranked SUNY Fredonia third in the North as a "Best Value" among all public and private regional universities, and sixth for overall quality among all public regional universities in the North. We ranked 33rd for overall quality among public and private regional universities in the North. Several Fredonia alumni have made headlines in the past year. Two-time Oscar-nominated actress, Mary McDonnell, ("Dances with Wolves", "Passion Fish"), who was the 1999 Fredonia commencement speaker, appears in the recent movie release "Mumford". Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, a music educator and founder of the non-profit Opus 118 Music Center, is the subject of a new Hollywood film. Meryl Streep portrays Roberta on the "Big Screen" in "The Music of My Heart". Many Fredonia alumni are recognized for their accomplishments in the science laboratory. Dr. Michael Marletta, a biology/chemistry graduate received the prestigious MacArthur Award for his current scientific research. Louis Boyer, owner of Polyloom Corporation of America, was the first to develop artificial turf.

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