University Profile State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts university in western New York that offers bachelor's and master's degree and advanced certificate programs. With a founding date of 1826, SUNY Fredonia is among the oldest universities in the SUNY system. With affordable tuition and housing, Fredonia offers the academic challenges of a selective liberal arts college, committed to developing each student’s character in preparation for a career.
SUNY Fredonia offers a wide variety of academic programs catered to individual students’ areas of interest and career goals. Fredonia is proud of its liberal arts tradition, offering distinguished programs in music, fine and performing arts, education, humanities, and sciences. Fredonia’s Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students to explore curriculum within two or more disciplines, and design a major that fits to their needs. Additionally, the Liberal Arts program at Fredonia is known for its academic advising program and seminars that students you discover their interests and talents.
SUNY Fredonia’s beautiful, residential campus is located near the shores of Lake Erie in Western New York State. On campus, students have the convenience of comfortable, modern residence halls and a full range of dining options, all within a few minutes’ walk to your classes, rehearsal spaces, downtown restaurants and shops, or student organization meetings. Evenings and weekends are bustling with campus activities, and you can be a spectator, performer, or leader in the vibrant campus life.
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University HistoryFredonia Academy (1826-1867)
Originally opened in 1826 as Fredonia Academy under its first principal Austin Smith, the Academy enrolled eight students. The first classes began on October 4, 1826. Within one year the Academy had 136 students, 81 boys and 55 girls.
The Academy reached peak enrollment in 1856 with 217 students. Nevertheless, the school was plagued by financial shortages, and was forced to close its doors in 1867.
Normal School (1867-1948)
In 1867, the college emerged in its second phase of existence as a New York State Normal School. On December 2, 1867, the Normal (as it became commonly known) began classes with 147 students, 62 boys and 85 girls. For students preparing to be teachers, no tuition was charged, books were supplied, and travel costs were reimbursed; in return, students had to promise to teach after graduation. Those students not studying for the teaching profession paid tuition and provided their own textbooks. During its 82 years of existence, Fredonia Normal had a tumultuous existence. With a fluctuating student enrollment and threats of state funding reductions, the school seemed to be in constant jeopardy of closing.
Nonetheless, gradually the school was upgraded. In 1930, 58 acres (230,000 m2) of land west of Central Avenue in the Village of Fredonia were bought with the dream that one day it would become a campus. In 1938 a music building was constructed on the Central Avenue site. New York State Governor Herbert Lehman signed the Feinberg Law in 1942 that changed the Normal Schools into Teacher Colleges.
State University System (1948-Present)
With the formation of the State University of New York on March 13, 1948, Fredonia took a giant step forward. The college created a Division of the Humanities in 1958 and in 1960 Fredonia was selected by State University to grant the A.B. degree. Previously, Fredonia’s curriculum was restricted for teacher training only.
In 1968, the master plan for the central avenue campus was drafted by the highly respected architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners of New York at the request of then-president Oscar E. Lanford. A complex came into being that consisted of Jewett Hall (science), Dods Hall (health and physical education), and Rockefeller Arts Center(building for fine arts), administration, library, and an infirmary. In 1972, Pei and Cobb returned to the SUNY Fredonia campus to complete the design of Erie Dining Hall and the suite-style residence halls.
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