2022 Family Weekend

More than 3,000 family members were on campus Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18, to visit with their students and participate in activities ranging from a Wii family bowling tournament to shows in the college planetarium to a "Grease" Movie Singalong with the Apollo Music Club. The littlest family members enjoyed build-a-dragon and rainbow slime-making activities in the Hunt College Union. One of the most popular events was a performance by magician Ben Seidman. Many families ventured down to Main Street to grab a bite to eat and check out the City of the Hills Festival, organized by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO).

U.S. News, Forbes Recognize SUNY Oneonta for Quality and Value

SUNY Oneonta is among the top 20 public schools in the Northeast, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 rankings of “Best Colleges,” released Sept. 12. The U.S. News ranking is the second in recent weeks recognizing SUNY Oneonta’s academic quality and value. In August, Forbes named SUNY Oneonta to its 2022 list of “America's Top Colleges," which recognizes colleges and universities across the country that "offer an excellent education at a great price, graduate high-earners and propel students to become successful entrepreneurs and influential leaders in their fields."

Fall for Oneonta

Fall is the perfect time to visit Oneonta! Sign up now for a campus tour or information session, and be sure to save the date for our Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 5! Meet current students, hear from faculty in the academic programs that interest you, learn about student support services and campus activities, and check out the Oneonta community to get a real sense of whether this could be the place for you.

17 New Students Take Part in GEOFYRST Field Trip

Pitching tents, cooking and camping under the starry night sky, jumping into swimming holes, hiking, and seeing the geology of the Adirondack Region first-hand? All in a day’s work during this year’s GEOFYRST (Geologic Experience Outdoors: the First-Year Regional Summer Trip) trip, an immersive outdoor experience for new SUNY Oneonta students.

1,400 Students Join Red Dragon Community

SUNY Oneonta kicked off the 2022-23 academic year with a host of events to welcome our newest Red Dragons, celebrate returning students, faculty and staff, and engage the entire campus community in a spirit of optimism and excitement for the weeks and months ahead.

Friday Nights at the Planetarium

The SUNY Oneonta Planetarium will be open to the public select Friday nights this fall. Join us as we explore planets, stars, galaxies and current events in astronomy. 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11 and 12/2 at 7 p.m. After the shows, visitors are invited to College Camp for telescope observing (weather permitting). Free tickets must be reserved online for each planetarium show.


I chose to stay local for college because I already had a network of family and friends here and knew I could get a great education. I was also a straight-A student and was able to get quite a few scholarships and aide. My best experiences at SUNY Oneonta were really in the classroom. I loved Dr. April Harper and took all of her classes, and she became so much more of a friend and colleague to me after I graduated and gave me such great advice.
Twenty-five years ago, SUNY Oneonta alumnus Bill Karins made his first television appearance on the college’s weekly, student-run “Red Dragon News” program. Today, you can see him in action any day of the week by turning the channel to NBC News, MSNBC or NBC News Now, where you’ll find him reporting on the nation’s weather as the chief meteorologist for MSNBC.
Kristin Lee is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Intensive Care Unit at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics at SUNY Oneonta and then completed our one-year (three-semester) online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program in May 2022.
SUNY Oneonta and the business major absolutely helped to get me where I am now. Not just the classes, the classes, of course, are important, but also the networking. You meet a lot of people, and networking, I would say, is one of the most important things when people want to do business. If I hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t be expanding the company to New York at first, but this is such a great location and there’s so much opportunity here.
I originally came to SUNY Oneonta for the education program because I had heard such good things about how much experience you get in the classroom. … But I quickly realized that my passion is more working one-on-one with kids. I’ve always been interested in psychology, too, so that’s what brought me to the Human Development and Family Studies major.
Growing up where I did, I worked at Howe’s Caverns and always loved walking through the caves and exploring. That helped me realize Earth Science was what I wanted to do. I definitely want to teach middle school earth science in a rural school district.
Caroline Shannon completed the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program in May 2022 and landed a job as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at A.O. Fox Hospital and Nursing Home in Oneonta, NY, soon after, in part because of networking and connections developed through the program. She also earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics at SUNY Oneonta.
My plan is to work as an artist for a while and have that experience, and then get my teaching certification and be an art teacher. My dream would be to open my own school someday and give kids the chance to have more fine arts training.
I sometimes think back on all the obstacles I had to overcome and feel satisfied that I’m able to sit in a classroom learning about the subjects I’m passionate about. And when I think of the future, standing at my graduation and having that opportunity to tell my parents that I’ve made it, gives me such a great feeling.
Morgan Brown graduated from the School Counselor M.S.Ed. program in May 2022 and will start her career as a school counselor at an elementary school in Dutchess County, NY, in fall 2022. She says one of the best aspects of the graduate program was being part of a small cohort (eight students) who got to know one another and grew together as a team, both personally and professionally.
Faculty and Staff
Obstacles I faced were not having the knowledge of how college really works and the challenge of learning everything first hand instead of someone giving me advice.
Faculty and Staff
Learning how to navigate a series of systems that I had very little access to prior to going to college was the biggest obstacle for me. College was an entirely different culture with new languages and unspoken customs that made it difficult for me to navigate, and not having access to services that helped to teach me how to navigate college made it especially complicated.

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Fast Facts

SUNY Oneonta is located in Central New York in the city of Oneonta (pop. 14,000),
about halfway between Albany and Binghamton.
Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 75.50%
Graduation Rate
Six-year graduation rate: 74.3%
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