Utica College Description (Boilerplate)
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U tica College is an independent, private, nonsectarian, comprehensive college located in the city of Utica, in the heart of central New York State. Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Utica College offers many of the advantages of a large university, but with an intimacy, and a high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private colleges.
Educational programs are delivered in three schools: Arts and Sciences; Health Professions and Education; and Business and Justice Studies. There are nearly 40 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate programs, which include master's degrees, doctoral programs, and graduate-level certificates. Several programs address emerging disciplines such as cybersecurity, economic crime, and areas of high need such as nursing and the health professions. Graduate degree programs include a doctor of physical therapy and masters of science degrees in economic crime and fraud management, in cybersecurity-intelligence and forensics, in professional accountancy, and in education.
In Fall 2014, Utica College enrolled 4,257 full- and part-time students (2,931 undergraduate, and 1,326 graduate); of the total enrollment, 60 percent are female, and 40 percent are male. Students hail from 45 states and territories and from 20 countries. Some 73 percent are from New York State; of that number, 46 percent come from the surrounding counties of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison, and much of New York State’s Mohawk Valley. Utica College’s Online School currently enrolls 1,700 students.
From our founding in 1946 to meet the educational needs of returning World War II veterans, Utica College has educated generations of students, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. Like their predecessors, more than 25 percent of Utica College undergraduates today are the first in their family to attend college. The College is proud of our record of making a college education possible for many, who otherwise, would not have considered attending college because of financial constraints. Today, more than 95 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid. Representing a broad diversity of ethnicities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, more than 25 percent of our students identify themselves as multi-cultural or minorities.
As in 1946, students are attracted to Utica College’s integrated liberal and career education programs that offer promising career paths in many sectors of the economy. Recognized for the close, personal attention they give to students, our faculty help students define their educational goals and plan their future. Utica College employs 138 full-time faculty of whom 117 have earned their Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. A small, personal environment and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1 helps reinforce a focus on student-centered teaching.
From its inception, Utica College has offered a robust cultural and learning environment that ensures opportunities for students to achieve both personal and professional success. The College’s tradition of collegiate athletics, which is growing in both importance and competitiveness, supports these aims. At Utica College, intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs are an integral part of the College’s culture. Utica College offers 25 Division III intercollegiate sports affiliated with the NCAA, Empire 8 Conference, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Fully 32 percent of campus-based undergraduate students participate in intercollegiate sports while intramural activities attract almost 70 percent of students.
Represented by approximately 24,000 alumni worldwide, Utica College is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The College and the city of Utica are 50 miles east of Syracuse, NY and 90 miles west of Albany, NY. Utica is approximately five hours by car from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Montreal.