SUNY at Fredonia is a 4-year liberal arts institution located just southwest of Buffalo, New York. Founded in 1826, the college is part of the State University of New York network of schools and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in addition to online courses, class audits and other special programs designed for traditional and non-traditional students.
The school has an athletics organization, the Blue Devils, that offers several different intercollegiate sports. There are also intramural sports, a campus newsletter, an online magazine, a newspaper, a radio station and a TV station. Students may also participate in numerous student organizations, and the college has an active Greek life.
SUNY at Fredonia offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors with numerous specializations within the majors as well as pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian and pre-optometry. There are also nearly 40 graduate programs and certificates available.
In addition to standard undergraduate and graduate programs, SUNY at Fredonia also offers special programs such as the Lifelong Learning Program, Noncredit Training, Course Auditing, Summer Sessions, J-Term and Online Education. Some of these programs (such as J-Term) are aimed at both students seeking degrees and non-degree seeking students. The online education program is designed to provide educational opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education but can’t due to restrictions that preclude the possibility of daytime study. Programs such at the Lifelong Learning and Course Auditing programs are designed for students who wish to take just select courses for professional or personal enrichment.
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Undergraduate admission to SUNY at Fredonia is extremely competitive with the average student being in the top 10% of the graduating class. Documents required to be considered for admission include either the Common Application or the SUNY application available online along with the application fee and the Fredonia supplement forms for both. Application may also be made via paper by contacting the school. Other documents include SAT/ACT scores (writing section optional but recommended), official high school transcripts, a 250-word essay and a personal recommendation from a counselor or teacher.
Requirements for graduate admission include proof of a bachelor’s degree or proof of enrollment in a bachelor’s program, the application and fee along with a letter of intent, a resume, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all undergraduate facilities. For students that submit a credentials file, a scholarly criteria form must accompany at least two of the letters in the file.
SUNY at Fredonia offers several forms of financial aid including need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for financial aid, students need to complete the Free Application For Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January. Because admission is so competitive and many scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, it’s in the best interest of the student to complete the FAFSA as early as possible.
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The Fredonia Blue Devils are an NCAA Division III athletics organization that participates in the State University of New York Athletic Conference and offers several intercollegiate sports teams including basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving and track & field. Men may also play baseball and ice hockey while women may also choose from cheerleading, lacrosse, softball, volleyball and tennis.
In addition to varsity athletics, SUNY at Fredonia has an ice rink that offers lessons and skate rental, a fitness center, and a pool facility so students may stay in shape and have fun. There are also several intramural sports available for students to play in order to exercise and be competitive at something other than the varsity level.
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The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.
- SUNY Fredonia. SUNY Fredonia. 2011. Web. 15 Sept 2011.