The SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, or SUNYIT, is located just north of Utica, NY, in the town of Marcy.
Established by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 14, 1966, SUNYIT is New York’s public institute of technology. Originally a graduate and upper-division institution, the college offered classes in temporary locations and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent campus in Marcy, N.Y., in the 1980s.
With a student body of just over 2,500 (undergraduate and graduate), SUNYIT is able to provide students with an intimate relationship between faculty, staff and other students.
SUNYIT students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology and professional studies on the SUNYIT campus – a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 31, Utica. Our students come from all over New York, many other states, and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students also take SUNYIT courses and, in some cases, entire degree programs online.
SUNYIT’s undergraduate degree majors/programs include: accounting, applied computing, applied mathematics, biology, business, civil engineering technology, communication & information design, community & behavioral health, computer engineering technology, computer & information science, computer information systems, electrical and computer engineering, electrical engineering technology, health information management, interdisciplinary studies, mechanical engineering technology, network and computer security, nursing, psychology, and sociology.
Graduate degree programs are: master of business administration in technology management; master of science degree programs in accountancy, advanced technology, computer & information science, information design and technology, and telecommunications; and master of science programs in nursing: adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, gerontological nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and nursing education. Accelerated BS/MS options are available in computer science, nursing, cid/idt, and ncs/telecommunications.
SUNYIT’s NCAA Division III athletics (men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball; men’s baseball; and women’s softball) and intramurals are complemented by entertainment, activities and community-building experiences that support and sustain a unique campus culture.
Through internships and close cooperation with employers, SUNYIT has extraordinarily high placement rates. More than 22,000 alumni pursue successful careers in communication, computer science, management, nursing, and many other fields.
Utica is a city in and the county seat of Oneida County, New York. Utica is located next to the shallowest spot along the Mohawk River that made it the best place for fording across. Also due to an Iroquois Indian crossroads and fording location it made trade exceedingly easy for local merchants. In 1794, a road was built to Albany, known as State Road. By 1797 the road was extended and completed to the Genesee River and the full road was known as it is now, Genesee Road. The creation of the Seneca Turnpike was the first significant factor in the growth and development of Utica, as this small settlement became the resting and relocating area on the Mohawk River for goods and people moving into Western New York and past the Great Lakes.
Utica’s location on the Erie Canal stimulated its industrial development. The middle section of the Canal, from Rome to Salina, was the first portion to open in 1820. The Chenango Canal, connecting Utica and Binghamton, opened in 1836, and provided a further stimulus for economic development by providing water transportation of coal from Northeast Pennsylvania.
The largest nationality group of the great migration to America between 1880 and 1920, Italians trace their presence in Utica to the arrival of Dr. John B. Marchisi in 1817. A prosperous pharmacist, he was the first of thousands of Italians to arrive in Oneida County over the next century. Utica also witnessed the development of one of the largest and certainly the most influential Welsh community in the United States.
Influx of refugees from many war-torn nations and politically oppressive regimes (to name a few; Bosnia —Bosnian immigrants now constitute 10% of the population— Somalia, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq) has drawn mainstream national media attention, from The New York Times to Reader’s Digest. Reader’s Digest dubbed Utica the “Second Chance City” in an article chronicling the crucial role that immigrants have traditionally played in invigorating Utica’s political, economic, and social life.
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