Students Say

Music and art are paramount at this "beautiful, friendly, welcoming, and accepting," "small, liberal public arts school" in upstate New York. In addition to music and art, SUNY-Fredonia also offers "great degree programs" in "education, theatre, and communications." "Most if not all professors are masters of their craft" and "are welcoming and have open-door policies." "A lot of the professors could realistically be teaching at better schools, but they choose to be at Fredonia because the area is wonderful," says one student.

Overview

Applicants
6,095
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.25

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
28%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 570
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
22 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Music and art are paramount at this "beautiful, friendly, welcoming, and accepting," "small, liberal public arts school" in upstate New York. In addition to music and art, SUNY-Fredonia also offers "great degree programs" in "education, theatre, and communications." "Most if not all professors are masters of their craft" and "are welcoming and have open-door policies." "A lot of the professors could realistically be teaching at better schools, but they choose to be at Fredonia because the area is wonderful," says one student. Of course, "like anywhere else, there are always a few professors nobody can stand, but there is usually enough flexibility so you can avoid them when registering for classes if you put the effort into it." "The school's administration is great," agree students. "It really means something when you see President Hefner and other campus administrators walking around campus, eating in our dining halls, and attending nearly every campus event showing support." If there is any complaint about the administration, it's that it has a tendency to play favorites. "The administration focuses mainly on education, acting, and music majors." Still, such favoritism must go only so far, as "a new science building is being built" at this decidedly artsy school.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
488
with Terminal Degree
264

263
Men
225
Women
53
Minority
18
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mary McDonnell
Oscar-nominated actress

Dr. Michael Marletta
Biochemist, winer of the McArthur award

James Foley
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti

John Keon
USA Today, teacher of the year winner

Dr. David Mittlefehldt
NASA scientist

Brian Frons
President of ABC Daytime Programming

Roberta Guaspari
Violin Teacher subject of movie Music of the Heart

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,755

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,489

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,404

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,900

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,483

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,820
Required Fees
$1,571
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,600
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
TEACH Grant, NYS HESC STEM Scholarship

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical Fredonia student likes art and indie music and cares about environmental issues, however, there are also "a lot of the typical 'jock' and 'prep' type students." "Everyone at Fredonia parties a lot," says one student, "that includes drinking and drugs." "The average student is white, middle-class, and from upstate New York suburbia" and "is very friendly, outgoing, and has a smile on his or her face." In addition, he or she is "very open-minded." No surprise, then, that "there is a large LGBT population on our campus and they are treated without prejudice." Students are "often spiritual as opposed to religious and most show an appreciation for the arts." Politically, students are "typically left-wing liberal Democrats." As far as fashion goes, "Everyone is exactly the same in the way they try to be different: black clothes, weird hairdos, chains and pajama pants," or some combination thereof.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,941
Out of State
2%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

1.53%
Asian
5.78%
African-American
6.05%
Hispanic
80.98%
Caucasian
2.87%
Unknown
3.33%
International

54% female
46% male
2% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Besides attending classes and studying outside of class, life consists of attending various intercollegiate sports events including hockey and soccer, says one undergrad. Well, not entirely. In addition, there are "millions of clubs and organizations, a lot of which do community service," and also many "campus jobs that are not work study, so are open to everyone." As its academic reputation suggests, students also have numerous opportunities to take in "shows put on by the music and theater departments." Those seeking them will find "plenty of frat parties, if that's your idea of fun." Off-campus, "While the town of Fredonia is small and consists of mainly an older population, there is always something to do." For example, there are also "numerous bars in town that admit 18 and older to dance." Outdoorsy types appreciate that "there are beautiful parks to go walking around, including the New York State Lake Erie Park." Some "go fishing and take walks along the creek that runs through town." If you seek big city excitement "you can easily drive to Erie, PA or to Buffalo." "Politics and diversity are strong topics for students at Fredonia."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
152
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
5

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Blue Devils)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Devils)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Canisus College

Sustainability

As a constituent college of the State University of New York (SUNY) school system, SUNY Fredonia abides by the rigorous green standards of the SUNY system. For example, the state of New York mandates that all new buildings are built to at least LEED Silver standards and that they improve energy efficiency 35 percent from 2009 levels by 2015. The campus has also made a commitment to go carbon neutral via the ACUPCC. SUNY Fredonia’s most recent AASHE STARS rating is bronze, and the school is a signee of the United Nations Sustainability Declaration. Dining services at SUNY Fredonia aim to provide locally grown and FTO-certified foods at competitive prices. SUNY Fredonia goes out of its way to help students have a green college experience. Every room on campus has a recycling bin, and the school hosts a Campus and Community Household Electronic Recycling Day in April. Students at SUNY Fredonia have access to cheap public transportation— local buses are only a quarter for students—as well as free university shuttles. The University’s “Freshmen Green15” guide gives new students tips on how to be environmentally friendly and lists the fifteen green things to bring to college such as a stainless steel water bottle, eco laundry detergent, organic deodorant, and bamboo headphones.

Green Rating
91
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
48

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple http://www.fredonia.edu/its/Computer/

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jessica Gatto
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
178 Central Avenue
Fredonia, NY 14063

Phone
716-673-3251

Email
admissions@fredonia.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Commons
Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center
Library
Natatorium-Swimming pool and diving area
Rosch Recital Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
MoviePlex
Downtown Fredonia (Restaurants, shopping)
Fredonia Opera House
Brown Bean Cafe
Point Gratiot Beach

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
All year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.fredoniabluedevils.com/staff.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted students only, February-April

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By train: Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) runs a line to Exchange Street Station in Buffalo, NY. From there it is a quick walk to the Buffalo Metro (Bus) Station for a connection to Fredonia. By bus: Tickets for Empire Transit, New York Trail/ways are available through our Central Box Office (716-673-3501). The Buffalo Metro Station is the main connection for New York Trailways buses, enabling travel throughout the United States. Empire Transit runs 5 daily buses between Jamestown, NY and Buffalo, making numerous stops in-between. The ride from Buffalo to Fredonia is usually under 1.5 hours. We offer a special low-cost airport shuttle to enrolled students by appointment on selected days and times.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions via New York State Thruway (Points east, north and west) Take I-90 to Exit 59 (Dunkirk and Fredonia). After toll booth continue straight until you come to a "I" intersection with Central Ave. Turn left onto Central Ave. After traffic signal look for 178 Central Ave., Office of Admissions, on the right. Directions via I-86 (formerly Rt.17 Southern tier Expressway)/Rt. 60 North (Points south). I-86 to Route 60 north exit at Jamestown, remain on Rt.60 north until you reach the intersection of Rts.60 and 20 in Fredonia, about 25 miles. Turn left on Rt.20 and proceed to Tremple/Water Street. Turn right on Temple St. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto Central Ave. After traffic signal look for 178 Central Avenue, Office of Admissions, on the left.

Local Accommodations
http://www.fredonia.edu/admissions/local_area.asp
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Key Stats

6,095
Applicants
4,941
Size
53%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists