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Split into three schools with 77 percent retention, SUNY Canton is an undergrad-only university that awards 21 associate and 29 bachelor’s degrees. For example, the Veterinary Technology BS is a 120-credit, on-campus option in Newell Center for animal care careers after the VTNE exam. Launched in 2018, the Online Game Design & Development BS utilizes Blackboard for a 120-credit curriculum on digital programming. The NATEF-certified Automotive Technology AAS partners with Subaru for cohorts of 35-50 to tackle 63 credits on car maintenance. Directed by Dr. Marela Fiacco, the 120-credit Health Care Management BS prepares online students for medical leadership with courses like Patient Safety. The HVAC Engineering Technology AAS boasts an average income of $45,000 at Siemens, Bomac, Prax Air, Hyde-Stone, and more after its 62-credit plan. Other Canton offerings include the Early Childhood AS, Criminal Justice AAS, Agribusiness Management BBA, Sustainable Energy BTech, Funeral Services Administration BTech, Cybersecurity BS, Finance BBA, and Nursing BS.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton was opened by St. Lawrence University and chartered by the State Legislature in 1906 as its first public, two-year college. In 1941, the School of Agriculture was renamed the New York Agricultural & Technical Institute. Seven years later, it joined the SUNY system for associate technology degrees. Adopting its current name in 1987, Canton granted its first Bachelor of Science in 1997. During the 2000s, SUNY Canton developed a consortium with Potsdam, Clarkson, and St. Lawrence. In 2002, it also built the renowned Miller Campus Center for $12 million. SUNY Canton currently engages 3,200 Roos in classes averaging 17 at the 555-acre North Country campus with 26 clubs like Hispanic Unity.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Canton the North’s 25th best university and 12th top public college for the 88th best online baccalaureates nationally. On Niche, SUNY Canton has America’s 538th most diverse campus. College Factual placed Canton 36th for construction trades, 73rd for electronics engineering, 64th for dental hygiene, and 23rd for homeland security. In 2017, the SUNY College of Technology at Canton was among SR Education Group’s 10 best colleges for students with disabilities. Canton’s tutoring and library services currently place #1 in the SUNY system. PayScale recorded the country’s 482nd highest mid-career salary of $59,300 for Canton alums. Its Watertown-Fort Drum Metro was named Forbes’ 153rd best small place for careers.

SUNY Canton Accreditation Details

In June 2013, the SUNY Canton hosted an evaluation visit from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to renew the decennial Level II accreditation under its fourth president, Dr. Zvi Szafran, who earned the 2016 Robert H. Goddard Award. Located six hours south via Interstate 81 in Philadelphia, this six-state East Coast accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to judge Canton’s entire institutional standards. The following programmatic accreditations are current:

  • Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)

SUNY Canton Application Requirements

Admission to SUNY Canton is labeled “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s since 2,491 of the 3,017 Fall 2016 applications were okayed for 83 percent success. First-year Roos must fulfill high school prerequisites with courses like Intermediate Algebra and Introduction to Chemistry graded at least “C.” All Canton degrees require a 75+ on the English Regents exam. Some others, such as the Emergency Management BS, need 70+ on two Math Regents exams. Cumulative averages in Grades 9-12 should be 75 or higher. Freshmen present a mean SAT score of 1090 and ACT score of 22. Several bachelor’s, including the Health & Fitness Promotion BTech, need an associate first. Transfers from regionally accredited colleges mandate a 2.0 GPA or better. The Criminal Investigation BTech outlines prerequisites like Introduction to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Procedure. Nursing BS 2+2 students also necessitate passing NCLEX-RN scores and 36+ lower-level nursing credits.

The SUNY College of Technology at Canton has priority deadlines of April 1st for Fall and November 1st for Spring entrance, but dates vary. For instance, the Physical Therapist Assistant AAS only considers candidates until February 1st. Future Roos must submit the Common Application or Apply SUNY form online accordingly. Send official documents to 34 Cornell Drive in Canton, NY 13617. Please contact (315) 386-7123 or admissions@canton.edu with further questions. Varying application checklists might include these:

  • Mandatory $50 application fee or waiver
  • Cumulative transcripts with NYS Regents exams
  • Official SAT, ACT, or TOEFL score reports
  • Personal goals statement of 300 words of less
  • Documentation of MMR and rabies vaccines
  • Proof of valid United States RN licensure
  • CPR/AED certification and liability insurance
  • Reflective summary of observation hours

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, SUNY Canton is billing New York residents $3,435 per semester or $6,870 annually full-time. Non-residents pay $8,325 each term or $16,650 per year. Online education is an exception always costing $4,120 by semester or $8,240 by year full-time. Taking under 12 credits incurs $286 to $694 apiece. Undergrad add-ons include the $105 activity fee, $239 athletic fee, $177 tech fee, $165 health fee, and $41 facilities fee. Waivers on UCanWeb can remove the $1,096 insurance fee each term. Living at the St. Lawrence County campus’ dorms like Rushton Hall brings $12,900 for room and board. Annual SUNY Canton attendance equals $24,753 for New Yorkers and $34,533 for non-residents.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Service Center helps 77 percent of full-time Roos hop into average aid contracts worth $7,768 each or $19.24 million combined. College funds include the Canino Scholar Award, Canton Zonta Scholarship, Upromise Scholarship, Koven L. Brown Scholarship, North Country Spouses’ Club Scholarship, Anderson-André Scholarship, Dr. Solomon Cook Scholarship, Goolden Family Scholarship, and Saguaro Endowed Scholarship. The full-tuition Excelsior Scholarship has a July 23rd deadline for families earning under $110,000. Other NYS options are the STEM Incentive Program, Tuition Assistance Program, World Trade Center Scholarship, and Aid to Native Americans. The Department of Defense pays military tuition benefits with $1,000 book stipends. FAFSA forms coded 002855 might open Federal Pell, FSEOG, or TEACH Grant money. Federal Work-Study jobs provide biweekly paychecks for $11.75/hour. SUNY campuses report median debt of $22,363 from William D. Ford Federal Direct loans too.

Learn about more affordable, forward-thinking undergraduate offerings on the SUNY Canton website.