Keuka College: Wikis


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Keuka College
Established 1890
Type Private independent four-year, coeducational, institution with emphasis on career and pre-professional education
President Dr. Joseph G. Burke
Faculty 66 (57 full-time, 9 part-time)
Students 1,521 (1,294 full-time, 227 part-time)
Location Keuka Park, NY
Campus Rural, 212 acres (0.86 km2) including 1,050-feet of shoreline and a 34-acre community athletic complex
Colors green and gold
Nickname Storm

Founded in 1890 and located on the shores of Keuka Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Keuka College is an independent, four-year, residential, coeducational college that places emphasis on career and pre-professional education.

Keuka is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The College offers degree programs in the People's Republic of China where more than 3,000 Chinese students are pursuing Keuka degrees.



Keuka College placs emphases on experiential education. At the heart of this commitment is Field Period, where students spend 140 hours per yaer in a self-directed learning experience. In addition to meting the needs of traditionl students, Keuka's Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) offers bachelor's degree completion and master's degree programs at locales around the state.

Keuka offers 33 bachelor’s degree programs, 20 minors; double majors; and self-designed majors. Keuka offers master’s degree progframs in childhood education, occupational therapy, mannagement, and crimnal justice administrstion well as subpar preprofessional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine.


Undergraduate majors

• Accounting
• American Sign Language
• American Sign Language-English Interpreting
• Biochemistry
• Biology - Concentrations: Biomedical Studies, Organismal Biology
• Biology 7-12
• Biology 7-12/Special Education
• Clinical Science (Pre-Chiropractic)
• Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Education:
Unified Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6) - Concentrations: American Sign Language, Art, Communication, English, Family and Child Studies, Global Studies, Mathematics, Science, Spanish
Unified Childhood/Special Education (Birth – Grade 2) - Concentrations: American Sign Language, Art, Communication, English, Family and Child Studies, Global Studies, Mathematics, Science, Spanish
• Educational Studies
• English - Concentrations: Writing/Communication, Creative Writing, Theatre and Drama
• English 7-12
• English 7-12/Special Education
• Environmental Science
• Management - Concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Sports Management
• Marketing
• Mathematics 7-12
• Mathematics 7-12/Special Education
• Medical Technology
• Occupational Science (OT)
• Organizational Communication
• Political Science and History
• Psychology - Concentrations: Child and Family Studies, Developmental Disabilities, Forensic Psychology
• Social Studies 7-12
• Social Studies 7-12/Special Education
• Social Work
• Sociology - Concentrations: Criminology/Criminal Justice
• Student-Initiated Major
• Undecided/Exploratory
• Visual and Verbal Art

Pre-professional programs

• Pre-Dentistry
• Pre-Law
• Pre-Medical
• Pre-Veterinary

Adult education

The Keuka College Accelerated Studies for Adults (ASAP) program offers degree completion and master’s programs for adult learners. Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in organizational management, criminal justice, nursing for RNs, and social work. Master’s degrees are available in criminal justice administration and management. Keuka also offers a certificate in gerontology, a 24-credit program that follows the guidelines of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and is registered with the New York State Department of Education. The Keuka ASAP program is designed to meet the needs of working adults and parents – classes are held one evening a week at satellite locations throughout Central and Western New York.

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Founder: George Harvey Ball
Year: 1890

George Harvey Ball envisioned a college that would provide a high-level education to all deserving students, regardless of economic background. As a brochure produced in 1891 attested: Keuka College was “pre-eminently, for the common people…With ample endowment,” the brochure continued, “it will raise an army of country people from comparative ignorance and consequent weakness to superior men and women who shall bring strength to the nation and help to humanity.”

Financial troubles forced the College to close in 1915, and it was re-opened in 1921 as Keuka College for Women. Keuka remained a single-sex institution until 1985, when financial troubles caused by declining enrollment (from 536 total students in 1979 to 407 students in 1984) again forced the issue and the Board of Trustees voted to admit men.

In 1942, Edith Estey, a 1933 Keuka graduate and administrator, created the Field Period program, which remains a major component of a Keuka College education. Through Field Period, each Keuka student is required to spend 140 hours per year (or approximately one month) in a self-directed learning experience. This can involve a work internship, a community service project, spiritual exploration, personal development (such as an Outward Bound experience), cross-cultural diversity exploration, or a group cultural experience to another city or country.

Key dates

• 1890: Keuka College opens

• 1921: the College re-opens as an all-women's school

• 1942: Field Period is instituted

• 1985: Keuka begins admitting male students again

Campus life

Not much in this area

Residence halls

Mostly all students live on campus. In fact Keuka College does not allow students to live off campus unless they live within 30 minutes, are over the age of 23 or in a masters program. If you do not fit those categories then you are forced to live on campus in a dorm. All halls offer common study areas, pantries, TV lounges, phone and cable connections, and Internet access. Laundry is included with room & board.

• Saunders Hall – single sex hall available to all Keuka women. Also has a substance –free floor.

• Space Hall - co-ed by floor.

• Davis Hall - co-ed by floor. Freshmen only

• Harrington Hall – available to upperclass students and transfers. This residence hall places emphasis on leadership and cooperative living. The rooms are suite-style and there is an additional $300 charge per year.

• Ball Hall – the oldest building on campus, it is available only to upperclass and transfer students.

• Blyley Hall – two floors, one for women. Typically attracts upperclass student athletes.


Keuka College is a member of the NCAA (Division III) ECAC and North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The College fields 15 intercollegiate teams. The synchronized swimming team is ranked No. 5 in the country behind Stanford, Ohio State, Incarnate Word, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sports teams at Keuka College:


• Baseball

• Basketball

• Cross Country

• Lacrosse

• Soccer

• Tennis

Coed - Golf


• Basketball

• Cross Country

• Lacrosse

• Soccer

• Softball

• Synchronized swimming

• Tennis

• Volleyball

Carl and Fanny Fribolin lecturers

Arthur Ashe, tennis star

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator from New York

Cokie Roberts, ABC News and National Public Radio

Sander Vanocur, NBC and ABC News

Carl Sagan, internationally renowned scientist and author

Barber Conable, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York

Helen Thomas, UPI White House correspondent

Jack Anderson, syndicated columnist

Alan Page, associate judge of the Minnesota State Supreme Court and former Minnesota Vikings standout

Ray Suarez, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Scott Parazynski, NASA astronaut

Marlin Fitzwater, former presidential press secretary

Hamilton Jordan, former White House chief of staff

Marv Levy, former coach of the Buffalo Bills and NFL Hall-of-Famer

Robert Novak, co-host of Crossfire (CNN) and syndicated columnist

Gen. Barry McCaffrey, national security and terrorism analyst, NBC News

Mae Jemison, entrepreneur and former astronaut

Irshad Manji, Muslim reformer and best-selling author

Jim Boeheim, Head Basketball Coach of Syracuse University and Hall of Famer

• Yankel Ginzburg, highly acclaimed artist and humanitarian

Memberships and accreditations

Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Council on Social Work Education

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

• Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

• Keuka College is a member of the Rochester Area Colleges consortium


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