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State University of New York
College at Oneonta
Motto Founded in Honor and Good Faith
Established 1889
Type Public
Endowment $26.4 million[1]
Location Oneonta, New York, United States
Campus Rural, 250 acres
Mascot Red Dragon

The State University New York College at Oneonta (also known as the SUNY College at Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta State, and O-State) is a four-year liberal arts college in Oneonta, New York, United States, with approximately 5,800 students. The College offers many bachelor's degrees and a number of graduate degrees. Many academic programs at SUNY Oneonta hold additional national accreditations, including those in Education, Music Industry, Human Ecology, Dietetics, and Chemistry. In each of the past three years, SUNY Oneonta was ranked by US News in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges,” selected by Kiplinger’s magazine as one of the “Kiplinger 100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.



Established in 1889, the SUNY College at Oneonta was a founding member of the State University of New York system in 1948. In the same year, SUNY Oneonta began offering home economics programs and graduate programs in addition to its teacher education programs. With the addition of programs in the arts and sciences in 1964, SUNY Oneonta began its growth into today’s college of the liberal arts and sciences.


The mission of the college is “to foster the individual student’s intellectual, personal, and civic development.” A highly selective college, SUNY Oneonta is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience at an affordable cost. The teaching and learning process is the college’s highest priority, and faculty members actively work with students from the first year to the graduate level. As a friendly and inclusive campus, SUNY Oneonta welcomes and engages with a wide variety of people, cultures and ideas, valuing close relationships with the local community and service to community partners.

Academic programs


Undergraduate degree programs

  • Accounting
  • Africana & Latino Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Astronomy*
  • Biology
  • Business Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Art
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Food Service and Restaurant Administration
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology Studies
  • History
  • Human Ecology
  • International Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Music
  • Music Industry
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Water Resources

*The SUNY Oneonta College Observatory is home to the largest telescope in New York, a 1-meter (40") Newtonian reflector.

Graduate programs
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Biology
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Earth Science
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) History Museum Studies
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Master of Science in Education (M.S. in Education): Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Family and Consumer Science Education (Grades K-12), Literacy Education, M.S. Ed. in Childhood Education with Literacy, School Counselor (K-12 certification), and Educational Technology Specialist (K-12 certification) Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Adolescence Education
Other academic programs
  • Center for Social Science Research
  • Cooperstown Biological Field Station
  • International Education
  • Center for Academic Development and Enrichment
  • New York State Migrant Education
  • Pre-professional Programs.

Residential living

Over 3,000 students live in the 15 residence halls at SUNY Oneonta, which offer living arrangements ranging from doubles to apartments including several themed housing options such as the Quiet Section, Oneonta’s Wilderness Living/Learning (OWLS), First Year Experience, and “Making a Difference” sections. The Residence Life staff members offer academic and social programs as well as individual attention and a comfortable living environment. Dining services at SUNY Oneonta are offered by Sodexo, and the college’s residential dining halls were the first in the country designed specifically for Sodexo’s Campus Crossroads program. Dining plans are unlimited and offer options for additional dollars for purchases at cafes and other retail facilities on campus.

Clubs and Activities

Honor Societies

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Faith-based Organizations

Poetry Slam Association

The Big O' Poetry Slam is a widely attended event on the campus at Oneonta State. It was founded by Alicia Francis, Jamie Manning, Robert Haggerty, George Castle and Robb Thibault on October 24, 2001. Hunt College Union is the certified poetry slam venue on campus with Poetry Slam Inc. and member of the Association of College Unions International. Some highlights include hosting the first two Poetry Cross Training Camps. The Big O' Poetry Slam has featured more than a dozen national poetry slam champions. The club has sent teams to the College Union Poetry Slam Nationals seven years in a row, which have made three finals stage appearances, including taking the silver medal at the 2005 College Nationals and placing 4th at the 2008 Nationals in New Mexico.


WIRE (Campus Channel 73) is SUNY Oneonta's student-run television station. It produces the Oneonta News Express, which is the channels longest running show, which reports news on the local, state, and national level and also local weather and sports. The Wire also produces live broadcasts of Oneonta State Red Dragon's athletics including; Men's and Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Men's and Women's Lacrosse.


WONY 90.9 FM is SUNY Oneonta's student-run radio station.

Other Clubs

  • Accounting Society
  • Africana & Latino Studies Club
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Marketing Association
  • Anthropology Club
  • Apollo Music Club
  • Art & Scope
  • Association of Childhood Education
  • Association of Secondary Educators
  • Audio Production & Engineering Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Biology Club
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • College Union Activities Council
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Communication Arts Society
  • Computer Art Club
  • Computer Programmers United
  • Cricket Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Dance Team
  • Democracy Matters Club
  • Different Paths
  • Drag'n Rolls (Drumline)
  • Economics Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Finance Club
  • Food & Nutrition Association
  • Gender Equality & Rights Society
  • Geography Club
  • Geology Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hispanic Organization for Learning Advancement
  • History Club
  • Hooked on Tonics (Acapella Choir)
  • Human Ecology Club
  • Indian Cultural Club
  • International Students Organization
  • Intramural Association
  • Kickline
  • Knit-Wits (Knitting & Crochetting)
  • Mask & Hammer (Theatre Production)
  • Meteorology Club
  • Mountain Biking Club
  • Music Industry Club
  • Oneonta State Cheerleading
  • Oneonta State Fencing Club
  • Oneonta State Gamer's Guild
  • Oneonta State Hockey
  • Oneontan (Yearbook)
  • Open Minded Unity (GLBT Alliance)
  • Otaku United
  • Outing Club (Outdoor-Living)
  • Parnassus (English Club)
  • Philosophy Club
  • Physics & Astronomy Club
  • Political Science Club
  • Pre-Health Professions Association
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Protect Your Environment Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Racquetball Club
  • Resident Student Organization
  • Rock to Cure (American Cancer Society)
  • Women's Rugby Football Club
  • St. Jude's Giants (St. Jude's Childrens Hospital)
  • Sanford Society (Math/Computer Science/Stats)
  • Ski & Snowboarding Club
  • Sociology Club
  • Songwriters' Club
  • State Times (School Newspaper)
  • Student Fashion Society
  • Students Alternative Voice
  • Students for Global Education
  • Students of Color Coalition
  • Students Protecting Animal Rights
  • Taekwondo
  • Terpsichorean Dance Company
  • Trait D'Union (French Club)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Voices of Serenity Gospel Choir
  • Volleyball (Men's)
  • Young Republicans Club
  • Zombie Defense Corp


Oneonta Red Dragons
University College at Oneonta
Conference SUNYAC
NCAA Division III
Athletics director Tracey Ranieri
Location Oneonta, NY
Varsity teams 21 (10 Men & 11 Women)
Football stadium All College Field
Basketball arena Dewar Arena
Mascot Red Dragon
Nickname Red Dragons
Fight song
Colors Red and White


Homepage Oneonta Red Dragons

The Oneonta Red Dragons athletics program represent the College at Oneonta, State University of New York. The school's team currently competes at the Division III level in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, and has been since the conference's inception in 1958. Oneonta's athletic teams also compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The school facilities include Dewar Arena in the Alumni Field House, All College Field, Chase Athletic Building, and Red Dragon Soccer, Baseball and Softball fields.


Sport Venue Coach 2009-10 Year
Baseball Red Dragon Baseball Field Rick Ferchen 15th Year
Basketball (Men) Dewar Arena Vincent Medici 6th Year
Basketball (Women) Dewar Arena Daphne Thompson 3rd Year
Cross Country (Men & Women) Matt LoPiccolo 10th Year
Field Hockey All College Field Kelly Kingsbury 2nd Year
Lacrosse (Men) All College Field Dan Mahar 3rd Year
Lacrosse (Women) All College Field Jessica Pausewang 3rd Year
Soccer (Men) Red Dragon Soccer Field Iain Byrne 7th Year
Soccer (Women) Red Dragon Soccer Field Liz McGrail 3rd Year
Softball Red Dragon Softball Field Liz Wagner 4th Year
Swimming & Diving (Men & Women) Chase Pool Chris Schuler-Ghiorse 13th Year
Tennis (Men & Women) Dr. Joseph A. Heissan Tennis Courts Bill May 6th Year
Indoor Track & Field (Men & Women) Alumni Field House Aimee Dawson 3rd Year
Outdoor Track & Field (Men & Women) All College Field Aimee Dawson 3rd Year
Volleyball (Women) Dewar Arena Colleen Cashman 11th Year
Wrestling Chase Gymnasium Duane Ritter 6th Year


SUNYAC Conference

Sport SUNYAC Championships
Baseball 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1977(ED)°, 1978
Women's Basketball 1997-98, 2000-01
Women's Lacrosse 1998
Men's Soccer 1971°, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1985
Women's Soccer 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003†, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Softball 1999, 2001, 2004
Men's Swimming & Diving 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70
Men's Tennis 1966-67, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72°, 1972-73°, 1973-74°, 1976-77
Volleyball 2002

° - Signifies Co-Champions
° - The 1977 Baseball team was Co-Champion of the SUNYAC Eastern Division
† - Women's Soccer Won 2003 NCAA Championship

Women's soccer

Oneonta has long been known for its strong soccer programs. In 2003, the women's soccer team captured the NCAA Division III National Championship over the University of Chicago. It was the first National Title in SUNY Oneonta's history of athletic competition.

The program had an NCAA-Record 101 game unbeaten streak within conference play, the longest such streak in NCAA history among the three divisions. The streak ended on October 6, 2007 to SUNY Plattsburgh. The 2007 team rebounded after the loss and won its next 7 SUNYAC games, the seventh being the Conference Championship on November 3 to advance to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Other sports

SUNY Oneonta's Track team in 2006 finished third at the NCAA Division III championships, where Musu Jackson-Buckner was the individual National Champion for the 200 meter run. Oneonta's Track team is only in its 7th year of NCAA competition and already has 13 All-Americans, many of them repeat All-Americans (four men, nine women). The women's outdoor track team has won three straight ECAC Championships.

The Oneonta Men's Rugby team in 1999 finished fourth in Northeast in Division 2. The Rugby team started in 1986. There have been many members who have gone on to play at the international level. The club was dissolved in the Fall of 2008 for inappropriate behavior by the Student Association.

The Oneonta Ultimate Frisbee team established in 2006 is one of the more prominent sports clubs on campus. In 2008 they placed seventh out of 22 teams in the Upstate NY section. The team plans to place in the top four teams to advance to the Metro East Regionals this year. But no one really cares about them anyway.

Athletic director

Athletic trainers

  • Danielle Lee
  • Brinn Spencer

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 42°28′10″N 75°03′50″W / 42.4695°N 75.0640°W / 42.4695; -75.0640


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