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Fredonia, NY 14063-1136

Phone: (716) 673-3111
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#60 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY--Fredonia is a public institution that was founded in 1826. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,231, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 266 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY--Fredonia's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 60. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,358 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,808 (2013-14).

SUNY—Fredonia is a public liberal arts school in western New York, just a few miles from Lake Erie. Undergraduates at SUNY—Fredonia can choose from more than 100 academic majors, and graduate students can pursue about 15 master’s degree programs, including speech pathology and audiology. SUNY—Fredonia also has a Lifelong Learning program that offers credit and noncredit courses that range from Defensive Driving to the Real Estate Salespersons Certification course.

On campus, students at Fredonia State, as it is sometimes known, can get involved in more than 100 organizations, write for The Leader newspaper, and take a break at the Campus Grind Coffeehouse in the Williams Center. Student athletes can play for the Fredonia State Blue Devils, which compete in various conferences of the NCAA Division III. There are many notable SUNY—Fredonia alumni, including Brian Frons, president of ABC Daytime programming; James McGraw, founder of education publisher The McGraw-Hill Companies; and Mary McDonnell, an actress who starred in the movie "Dances with Wolves" and appeared in the television show "ER."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mission: SUNY Fredonia educates, challenges, and inspires students to become skilled, connected, creative, and responsible global citizens and professionals. The university enriches the world through scholarship, artistic expression, community engagement, and entrepreneurship.

Profile: With more than 5,500 students on a beautiful, 250-acre residential campus located less than an hour southwest of Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia offers the perfect mix of size and program variety. With affordable tuition and housing, Fredonia challenges you and is committed to developing your character as you prepare for a rewarding career.

Fredonia is a classic, complete collegiate experience - a "destination college" in a creative, diverse, welcoming and safe environment. You become uniquely connected to classmates, professors and the community, with an abundance of extracurricular options to keep your evenings and weekends as stimulating as your daily studies.

Fredonia professors are passionate about teaching. Whether they're in the classroom, on the stage, or in the field, our faculty help you succeed. They are also involved in research and creative activities, and they're eager to have you collaborate.

Academic excellence relies on diversity - of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas - and at Fredonia, you join a multicultural campus that lets you meet, learn from, and live with people from many backgrounds. Your classes challenge you to think globally, and you can study abroad in a wide range of countries, learning first-hand about international issues.

Fredonia's focus on continuous improvement is more evident than ever, as construction continues on a state-of-the-art Science Center set to open in 2014. The campus also just opened a brand new fitness center and renovated its student union. This summer a major expansion of its performing arts center begins.

Fredonia is also committed to helping you reach your goal: graduation. From knowledgeable advisors and affordable tuition to our "Fredonia in 4" four-year guarantee, we stand ready to make sure you can meet your goals - and manage your finances. More than 80% of students receive financial aid, and over $2 million in merit- and need-based scholarships are available to academically qualified, new and returning students each year.

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General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1826
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $21,207,182


When applying to SUNY--Fredonia, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at SUNY--Fredonia is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY--Fredonia is 16:1, and the school has 63.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY--Fredonia include: Business Administration and Management, General; Music Teacher Education; Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 12%
Music Teacher Education 7%
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 6%
Elementary Education and Teaching 5%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

SUNY--Fredonia has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,231, with a gender distribution of 44.2 percent male students and 55.8 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. SUNY--Fredonia is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,523
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY--Fredonia offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY--Fredonia also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY--Fredonia, 64 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY--Fredonia.

Students who have cars on campus 64%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY--Fredonia, 63.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,798.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $7,358 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,808 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,344 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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