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Utica College
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Utica, New York 13502

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Utica College
Utica, NY 13502

College Description
Founded in 1946 as a college of Syracuse University, Utica College has a liberal educational philosophy and an informal, personal atmosphere. On the modern 128-acre campus on the southwestern edge of the medium-sized city of Utica, New York, students enjoy a close personal relationship with the faculty and staff. The student body (with a full-time enrollment of 774 men and 1,095 women) is diverse, made up of men and women from many socioeconomic backgrounds. They represent a wide variety of ethnic groups, older students, veterans, and handicapped persons. Most students live on campus in six residence hall complexes and in one apartment-style complex. While students come from all parts of the United States and several other countries, most come from New York, New England, and the Middle Atlantic States.

The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and, where appropriate, certain programs are accredited by specific discipline-oriented accrediting organizations. Special student services are offered by the College in the areas of academic, personal, and career counseling, health, and international-student advising.

Utica, with a population of 70,000, is the major city of the western Mohawk River valley. It is located 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse. The Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, just a few minutes from campus, is an internationally known arts center, featuring an extraordinary museum of art and a school of art as well as a performing arts program. The Stanley Performing Arts Center in downtown Utica is home to the Broadway Theatre League, the Great Artists Series, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, and other major theatrical and musical productions. Other attractions include the F. X. Matt Brewery and the Utica Zoo. The city's park system includes the Val Bialas municipal ski slopes just a mile from the campus, public tennis courts, swimming pools, and public athletic fields. Excellent golfing, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and shopping facilities surround the city. Utica is served by a major airport, a train station, and bus lines. City buses make regular stops on campus, providing easy access to the Utica area.

Academic Life
Students may either enter the College without a declared major or enter directly into one of thirty-one degree programs. To assist students in planning their programs of study and declaring a major, the Office of Academic Support assigns a faculty adviser to each student. In many instances, it is possible for a student to elect a dual major. Students who have not decided on a major are assigned special advisers. Accelerated programs, independent study, cooperative education, field placements, and internships are offered.

To earn a bachelor's degree, a student must complete a minimum of 120 to 128 credits, satisfy major and major-related requirements, and complete any special program requirements. All Utica College students, regardless of their major, must complete a liberal arts core program as part of the degree requirements and submit a satisfactory writing portfolio.

Utica College operates on a semester system, with the day and evening fall term beginning in late August and ending shortly before Christmas and the day and evening spring term beginning in late January and continuing until early May. A summer program also offers both day and evening sessions. Utica College offers the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and a Summer Institute, which serves as an academic bridge between high school and college. Students enrolled in the fall Freshman Year Initiative receive guidance in the transition to college life while earning academic credit.

The faculty is a diverse group of academicians who can best be described as energetic and accomplished. While most of the 113 full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees, 94 percent have the terminal degree in their field–usually the Ph.D. While many faculty members are involved in research, the primary concern of the faculty is undergraduate education. All faculty members teach classes, providing constant direct contact between faculty and students. Class sizes average 15 to 20, and the student-faculty ratio is 17:1. All faculty members are involved in assisting students with their major areas of academic planning.

Majors Offered:
Utica College offers the B.A. degree from Syracuse University in communication arts, economics, English, government and politics, history, international studies, mathematics, philosophy, and sociology and anthropology. The Syracuse University B.S. degree is offered in accounting (private and CPA), biology, business economics, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, criminal justice–economic crime investigation, health studies, health studies–human behavior, health studies–management, health studies/occupational therapy, health studies/physical therapy, journalism studies, liberal studies, management, nursing, psychology–child life, public relations, public relations/journalism studies, and therapeutic recreation. The B.A. or the B.S. degree may be earned in physics.

Preprofessional programs include dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. Special programs are available in teacher education, gerontology, liberal arts–engineering, and a joint health professions program. Students may minor in anthropology, chemistry, communication arts, computer science, English language, film studies, French, gender studies, gerontology, government, history, human rights advocacy, literature, management, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, Spanish, theater, and writing. Graduate degrees are available in economic crime management, education, liberal studies, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Off-Campus, Study-Abroad:
Utica College students are eligible to participate in the Division of International Programs offered through Syracuse University. This arrangement allows Utica College students to study abroad in France, Italy, and Spain, among other countries. Students are encouraged to complete internships and field placements to gain professional experience with businesses and organizations as well as College credit. Utica College's Cooperative Education Program allows students to earn money while gaining professional experience.

Campus Life
There are more than eighty campus organizations devoted to individual interests, from service and social fraternities and sororities to cultural activities; from major-related clubs to sports groups; from student government to professional group affiliations.

One of the strongest traditions of the College is student participation in all of the College's affairs. Students participate in campus governing bodies and policymaking groups, extending the learning experience beyond the classroom. Students, faculty, and staff participate in the College Council, which gives each group a representative voice in governance of all College affairs–academic, social, cultural, administrative, and regulatory. Students also serve on all standing committees of the College.

Facilities and Resources
The Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library collection consists of 181,050 volumes, 1,303 serial subscriptions, and a microfilm collection of 64,031 units. The library is fully automated and shares a local system with Mid-York Library System. It also is a member of OCLC, a bibliographic database through which it is possible to locate and borrow interlibrary loan items from local, regional, national, and international libraries. The lower level of the building houses a Media Center, computer labs, and rooms for music and fine arts. Utica College hosts musical recitals, receptions, and special events in the Library Concourse, which contains the Edith Barrett Art Gallery and an atrium. Four buildings house classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices: Hubbard Hall, the Administration Building, Gordon Science Center, and Rocco F. DePerno Hall. The academic buildings house eight computer laboratories for student use, including IBM-compatible and Apple Macintosh computers, as well as an Academic Support Services Center, Mathematics and Science Center, and Writing Center.

Strebel Student Center is the social and recreational center of the campus. It houses Strebel Auditorium, the site of theatrical presentations; the Student Health Center; the bookstore; the Student Activities Office; a computer lounge; the dining hall; the Pioneer Cafe, a meeting and eating place; and offices for student clubs, the student newspaper, and the student radio station. Burrstone House and Conference Center contains meeting rooms, banquet halls, and entertainment space for the College community. The physical education complex includes a 1,400-seat stadium with all-weather turf field, a gymnasium, a minigym, racquetball courts, outdoor multipurpose fields, fitness and dance rooms, and a swimming pool.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
The Department of Athletics offers one coed, eight men's, and ten women's intercollegiate sports programs and four club sports. In addition, there is a complete system of intramural and recreational sports

Financial Aid / Scholarships
The College is recognized as a best buy in education and works to control costs and keep its education affordable. The average financial aid package for freshmen is $24,500. About two thirds of that aid came from grants and a third from loans and/or jobs. Approximately 90 percent of the freshmen received a financial aid package. At the same time, the College awarded numerous merit scholarships to students with outstanding grades and test scores.

Almost every federal and state financial aid program is available through Utica College. Students apply for institutional and governmental financial aid by filing the required financial aid forms by February 15. In addition, Utica College offers three different deferred-payment programs that spread out payments over the academic year.

Admission Requirements / Application
Utica College admits students who can best benefit from the educational opportunities the College offers. The Admission Committee gives each application individual attention, and the prospect of a student's success at Utica College is measured primarily by an evaluation of past academic performance, scholastic ability, and personal characteristics. Freshman applicants must have completed 16 academic units, including four years of English. Students should follow a college-preparatory program, including 3 units of mathematics, 3 units of science, 2 units of foreign language, and 3 units of social studies.

Students may apply for fall, spring, or summer admission. Materials required include a completed Utica College application form, official high school or college transcripts, and a $35 application fee. Utica College prefers, but does not require, SAT I or ACT scores. A personal interview for all applicants is strongly suggested. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and joint health professions program applicants must submit SAT I or ACT scores, a preferred letter of clinical recommendation, and a personal statement. International students must complete the international student application form. The application fee is waived for students who apply to HEOP or CSTEP. The College conducts a rolling admissions program (except for those applying for occupational therapy, physical therapy, the joint health professions program, or for academic achievement awards, for whom the application deadline is January 15).


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