Letter from the President

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Consistently ranked and nationally accredited, Fredonia is one of the finest public universities in the North.  As a prospective student, you are invited to experience the challenging and rewarding educational and preprofessional opportunities offered at this four-year residential college. 

Founded in 1867, Fredonia is well known for its rigorous, comprehensive academic programs. Class sizes are small. In fact, student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Dedicated and prestigious faculty and staff will educate, challenge, and inspire you to become a skilled, connected, creative, and responsible global citizen and professional.  You will have the opportunity to explore more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs designed to help you reach your full potential.

As a student, you will have many opportunities to sharpen your communication skills and to learn in state-of-the art and dynamic learning environments such as Fredonia’s Science Complex which collectively houses Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. We want you to be comfortable on campus, so you’ll find welcoming residence halls and numerous dining locations including a renovated, high-tech Willy C’s food court. 

We offer open educational resources (OER) to help individualize student learning while also saving you money by replacing and/or supplementing costly textbooks with free, low-cost, predominantly digital learning materials accessible through your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet.

In addition to your academic classes, you can participate in over 150 student clubs and organizations, and you can take advantage of internships and other experiential-learning opportunities. We offer study-abroad programs, site-based learning, undergraduate research experiences, and a full array of student support services including career counseling. You will discover endless opportunities to perform or attend in musical or theatrical productions. We offer a rich and diverse musical environment with conservatory-quality training at an affordable price.  You will want to be sure to make time to cheer for your fellow Blue Devils at an intramural or intercollegiate sporting event, or volunteer on campus or in the community.  These ample activities will allow you the opportunity to build friendships that will last a lifetime.  We hope to include you with our over 64,000 graduates, who are proud to call SUNY Fredonia their alma mater.

This guidebook was developed for you.  Please use it as a roadmap to success.  

Stephen H. Kolison Jr., Ph.D.