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Academics

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.

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
6,183
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.17

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
425
with Terminal Degree
241

220
Men
205
Women
52
Minority
21
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Genetics, Other.
  • Genome Sciences/Genomics.
  • Human/Medical Genetics.
  • Molecular Biology.
  • Molecular Genetics.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Graphics.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Speech Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Music Therapy/Therapist.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work, Other.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General.
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management.
  • Brass Instruments.
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Costume Design.
  • Dance, General.
  • Dance, Other.
  • Dance.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Drawing.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Music.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Painting.
  • Percussion Instruments.
  • Photography.
  • Sculpture.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.
  • Voice and Opera.
  • Woodwind Instruments.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mary McDonnell
Oscar-nominated actress

Dr. Michael Marletta
Biochemist, winer of the McArthur award

James Foley
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti

Andrea Romano
Seven time Emmy award winner. Casting and voice director

Dr. David Mittlefehldt
NASA scientist

Brian Frons
President of ABC Daytime Programming

Roberta Guaspari
Violin Teacher subject of movie Music of the Heart

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,775

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,205

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,181

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,058

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,070
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,980
Required Fees
$1,647
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,830
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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, NYS Excelsior

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,433
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

2.00%
Asian
8.83%
African-American
10.22%
Hispanic
71.87%
Caucasian
1.59%
Unknown
1.93%
International

57% female
43% male
3% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Jen Ruhland

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

12% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

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


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.

89/99
AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
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
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Katherine Huff
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
280 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
Downtown Fredonia (Restaurants, shopping)
Fredonia Opera House
Fredonia College Lodge
Arkwright falls
Point Gratiot Beach

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

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
https://fredoniabluedevils.com/index.aspx

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. At the next traffic signal, for 280 Central Avenue, turn right into the main entrance of the campus 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. At the next traffic signal, for 280 Central Avenue, turn left into the main entrance of the campus

Local Accommodations
https://www.fredonia.edu/admissions-aid/visit-tour/maps-directions


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