The State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) is a public, coeducational, residential college located on a spacious campus along the banks of the Grasse River in St. Lawrence County, New York within the Town of Canton. Its northern location places SUNY Canton close to the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River, and major Canadian cities such as Ottawa and Montreal.

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s four and two-year College for technology, health, management and public service. SUNY Canton offers nearly 20 majors leading to bachelor’s degrees, more than 20 programs leading to associate degrees, and several one-year certificate programs. The College works with SUNYIT to offer students three master degree programs.

Since SUNY Canton offers one-year certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees, students in many disciplines may pursue a “ladder curriculum”, allowing them to first earn a certificate and then proceed to the next level. SUNY Canton confers degrees through three academic schools the School of Business & Liberal Arts, Canino School of Engineering Technology, and School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice.


SUNY Canton athletic teams are known as the SUNY Canton ‘Roos. The ‘Roos currently compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), independent of conference affiliation for most sports, men’s ice hockey competes in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League. As of the 2011-12 academic year, the university was approved to become an exploratory member of the NCAA Division III as part of the multi-year process to become a full member.

Students participate in several clubs and organizations under the umbrella of the student government known as the Student Cooperative Alliance (SCA) with staff support from the Student Activities office. Intramural and recreational activities are also available.

SUNY Canton currently recognizes nine social Greek organizations, including 4 fraternities and five sororities.

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