Utica is now Utica University
This is a proud moment in Utica's history - the culmination of seventy-five years of innovation in higher learning and unwavering commitment to the communities we serve. University status is a mark of how far we have come as an institution, as well as a recognition of our enormous potential for growth and achievement in the years ahead.
**Questions regarding specific departments of the institution during this transition are best directed to those respective departments and offices.
Watch video of the official announcement of Utica's University status
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Cynkus Family Welcome Center at Utica University
More about the Transition
Q: Why is Utica changing its name from College to University?
Transitioning to university status is a culmination and a natural next step in our maturation as an institution. While there is no doubt that this transition will open many new doors for the institution, the name Utica University matches who we are and have been for some time. That’s why not much is going to change, because we have been living and operating as a university for several years. The name University will provide the institution greater stature with respect to, among other opportunities, recruiting students, recruiting faculty and staff, pursuing grants, and achieving wider recognition within the higher education community,
Q: What immediate impact will I see?
The most tangible change you will notice is new signage and branding across campus, which will be gradually rolled out in the days and weeks to come. The only material change you will see academically will be the change of the name that appears on transcripts and diplomas. Moving forward, student transcripts will indicate Utica University, and as of May 2022, diplomas awarded will bear the Utica University name and seal. This is recognition of the institution’s new legal name and status in the view of the New York State Board of Regents. In order to provide explanation for employers or anyone else reading the transcript, there is language on the back of every transcript that details the evolution of the institution’s name. Otherwise, the transition will have no material impact on your academic progress, majors, courses, and financial aid eligibility.
Q: Will I start seeing new signs saying Utica University at entrances and around the community?
You will! While, as mentioned above, new signage will be gradually rolled out, plans for signs around the campus' various entrances as well as wayfinding and traffic signage around the greater Utica community have already been completed. You can expect to see these signs start to reflect the institution's new status and name in the spring when the weather begins to warm and locations become more accessible.
Q: Where can I get Utica University apparel?
Keep an eye on the racks and shelves of the campus bookstore, as new apparel and merchandise has been ordered and should be arriving this spring. However, while new is exciting, don’t forget about the Utica College apparel. Vintage is chic!
Q: Can alumni get a Utica University diploma?
Yes! Alumni can order diplomas bearing the new name and seal at the link below. A portion of your purchase will directly benefit Utica University students through The Fund for Student Success, which provides vital financial aid, scholarship support, academic resources, and funding for career-preparation programs that help students succeed.
Q: Are my ID card, parking registration that say Utica College still valid?
Absolutely. We will gradually roll out new ID cards and registration decals over time, however, there is no need to replace your existing cards and decals.
Q: Is there anything I need to do to notify lenders or other outside entities involving my financial aid?
No. We have already notified all federal and state lending agencies of our new name. There is nothing that students or parents need to do on their part. However, should any questions arise, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
Q: Will email addresses and web URLs change?
No in most cases. Emails will still remain utica.edu as will the website url. One notable change you will see is ucpioneers.com has transitioned to uticapioneers.com. And for the forseeable future, ucpioneers.com will redirect to the new domain.
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For a general list of frequently used logins, you can also visit our logins page.