Founded in 1890 and located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Keuka College is a four-year, residential, coed liberal arts college that emphasizes learning that prepares students for their future careers. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary.
U.S. News & World Report has recognized Keuka College as one of the best regional colleges in the north, and Washington Monthly magazine rated it one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the United States. Keuka students can choose from the college’s 33 bachelor’s degree programs, many of which have specialized concentrations; 26 minors; double majors; and student designed majors. The most popular majors at Keuka College are Business, Education, Health Professions, Psychology, and Public administration. Keuka College also offers seven master’s degree programs in Occupational Therapy, Literacy birth-grade 6, Literacy grades 5-12, Criminal Justice Administration, Management, and Management with a concentration in International Business. The college also has pre-professional programs in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
The college offers small class sizes with student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. It also offers innovative, experiential learning that takes place outside of the classroom, with programs in leadership development and community service.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Keuka College boasts a unique and innovative Field Period program, in which every student completes a 140-hour internship each year. The Field Period program encourages students to try new things, explore new fields, and accumulate valuable experience that will give them an advantage when they graduate and apply for jobs. As a result of the program, Keuka College students graduate with a minimum of 560 hours of real-world experience.
Students who wish to apply to Keuka College must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit a personal statement. Applicants must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report (optional), and an AP transcript (if applicable) and a letters of recommendation from an academic instructors or faculty member. The deadline for submitting an application is rolling, but students who wish to receive consideration for scholarships must be accepted to the college by January. A nonrefundable application fee is also required.
Graduate students, adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
Applicants usually receive notification of their admissions decisions within 2-3 weeks of submitting all of the required materials.
Keuka College offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. More than 98 percent of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. The average undergraduate aid package is $16,576. Forms of aid that are available for students at Keuka College include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Keuka College also offers a variety of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.
Student Financial Aid Details
The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors trips, speakers, an annual fashion show, and numerous opportunities to taste delicious international food and learn about other cultures. Keuka College offers students countless opportunities to get involved. There are more than 45 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular activities include the Student Senate, the Campus Activities Board, the Drama Club, Rotaract, the Adventure Club and sports. Clubs meet weekly, monthly, or quarterly and each club sponsors at least one campus-wide event each semester. Keuka College Campus Recreation also provides different physical and recreational opportunities. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the college’s website.
Most students at Keuka College live on campus, except for those who live within 30 minutes of the campus, are over 23 years old, or are enrolled in a masters program. There are 5 residence halls at Keuka, with varying layouts, types of residents, and amenities. All of the residence halls offer common pantries, study areas, phone and cable television connections, TV lounges, and Internet access. Laundry is included with the housing fees.
Students can also venture out into nearby Penn Yan, where they can enjoy activities such as bowling, apple picking, go-cart racing, miniature golf, and wine tastings.
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Keuka College is a member of the NCAA (Division III) ECAC and North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Known as the Keuka Storm, the college’s 15 intercollegiate teams wear the school’s colors of green and gold. Intercollegiate sports offered at Keuka College include men’s baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s softball, women’s synchronized swimming, women’s volleyball, and coed golf.
The Storm compete away and at the Weed Physical Arts Center, its home gym, and the Jephson Community Athletic Complex, its home stadium.
Club sports available at Keuka College include cheerleading, dance, and step. The intramural sports program at Keuka includes more than 30 leagues, tournaments, and events. There are co-ed, men’s and women’s divisions in indoor soccer, dodgeball, indoor volleyball, basketball, flag football, badminton, floor hockey, and softball. Students can also participate in tournaments in sports that include outdoor volleyball, cricket, Capture the flag, wiffleball, Kan Jam, dodgeball, kickball, powder puff flag football, tug-of-war, ultimate frisbee, and Wii games.
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