Community Outreach

Engagement and Economic Development

The Center for Regional Advancement promotes the university’s service to the region through economic development and government efficiency projects.

The center sponsors analytical research reports to assist government decision-makers in moving toward more cost-effective and efficient service delivery in the region. Center Fellows, Fredonia faculty, and student researchers provide the expertise for these research projects. The center sponsored the development and building of a new Fredonia Technology Incubator located in the city of Dunkirk's central business district. The incubator is a one-stop facility providing business development mentoring space for new start-up high tech companies. The incubator's goal is to provide job growth and business development opportunities for community entrepreneurs and existing businesses, as well as to Fredonia graduates. Fredonia's degree programs in computer science, media arts, music, communication, business and natural sciences will provide a broad pool of talent for tech start-up businesses that determine to locate within Northern Chautauqua County and Western New York.

The center also sponsors a federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-funded Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) program. Fredonia's COPC program, Fredonia/Dunkirk Community Partnerships, forms partnership with Dunkirk-area government offices, neighborhood organizations, civic groups, churches, and non-profit organizations to revitalize the city of Dunkirk's economy and quality of life.

For more information about the community outreach, interested persons should contact the Office of Engagement and Economic Development, 701 Maytum Hall, or call (716) 673-3758 or email

Fredonia College Foundation, Inc.

The Fredonia College Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, was formed in 1964 to encourage and accept gifts and endowments in support of the priority needs of the State University of New York at Fredonia, its faculty and students.

In order to maintain the quality of academic offerings at Fredonia and to realize the university’s commitment to public service for western New York and the state, the university must look to non-state sources to assist in its development. The foundation seeks support for scholarships and those programs and events that enrich the university and community that cannot be supported by state funds.

Contributions from alumni, parents, friends, faculty/staff, emeriti, business and industry, the professions, foundations, and other public and private sources have strengthened many university programs. Gifts of cash, appreciated stock, real estate and insurance, gifts-in-kind, works of art, books, equipment, and teaching materials, as well as planned gifts such as bequests and gift annuities, have enabled the university to move forward, even in times of budgetary restraint.

The work of the Fredonia College Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, whose members serve three-year terms. The board is drawn from alumni, as well as local and regional community leaders. For information on opportunities for giving through the Fredonia College Foundation, interested persons should visit the foundation's website at or email

Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders

The Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders is located in Thompson Hall. The center, a major component of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, contains an audiology clinic, a speech-language clinic, laboratories and classrooms. Speech, language, and hearing evaluations and treatment are provided to students and residents of the neighboring communities. Students in Communication Disorders and Sciences participate as observers and as clinicians under the supervision of licensed and certified speech pathologists and audiologists.

Native American SUNY: Western Consortium

Fredonia continues to support the endeavors of the Native American SUNY: Western Consortium, which focuses upon educational access, opportunity, and development for Native American students and communities. The consortium is comprised of representatives of five Native Nations and 11 SUNY campuses in the Western and Central New York area. For more information, students and interested persons should contact the office at (716) 673-3170 or 1-800-851-5020 or email or visit their website at

Lifelong Learning and Special Programs

Lifelong Learning and Special Programs, headquartered in Fenton Hall, brings together a unique combination of university and community support services.

Sponsored and Non-Sponsored Credit-free Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops

The office works with representatives from community groups and industrial organizations to identify and provide for the specialized educational needs of their memberships.

Lifelong Learning

The university, through this program, makes educational opportunities available to working adults and non-traditional students who wish to explore university study on a part-time basis. Students seeking admission through the Lifelong Learning program may apply using a simplified application procedure. No university entrance examinations are required; however, applicants must submit a high school transcript or GED score report.

Applications for admission are available in Lifelong Learning and Special Programs, 2146 Fenton Hall, or the Office of Admissions, 178 Central Avenue (Fenner House), Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.

Qualified students are eligible to enroll in regular day or evening courses, including a number scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening. The Lifelong Learning program is especially appropriate for those who wish to pursue non-degree university studies on a part-time schedule - for personal growth, job advancement, or other reasons. Academic advisement is provided to assist students with course selection. After a designated number of credit hours, students are encouraged to seek admission to a baccalaureate degree program at that time. Credit earned through Lifelong Learning course work will apply toward any degree program at the university.

A student with prior experience who is seeking degree study on a full-time or part-time basis should pursue admission as a transfer applicant (see Transfer Admissions).

Visiting Student Program

Students presently enrolled at another college or university who wish to pursue academic study at Fredonia for one or two semesters may apply for admission through the Visiting Student Program. Advantages of the program, in addition to expanding academic options, include getting to know other new students, faculty and geographic areas, as well as having an opportunity to see oneself, one's education, and future plans from a new perspective. To qualify for the program, students must receive approval for a proposed academic program from an appropriate official at their present college. Applications are reviewed following the procedures used in evaluating requests for admission from transfer applicants. Registration in specific courses is offered on a space-available basis.

For information on any of the above, students should call (716) 673-3177, email, visit Lifelong Learning's website at, or visit Lifelong Learning and Special Programs in 2146 Fenton Hall.

J-Term (Joining Term) and Summer Sessions

Many community members take advantage of summer and J-Term offerings, which include study on campus, online, and abroad. Lifelong Learning and Special Programs coordinates the schedules for these intersessions. More information can be obtained on the web regarding these opportunities to explore and enhance one's education.