Utica College is private not-for-profit comprehensive institution of higher learning. Its mission is to provide liberal and professional education to students to prepare them to pursue rewarding careers and develop into responsible citizens. It strives to create a diverse learning community by balancing its local tradition with an international viewpoint. It promotes lifelong learning through the encouragement of discovery and application of knowledge. Utica College is committed to providing students with personalized attention and it implements practical educational approaches and constantly works to improve curricula and quality of instruction. It is also dedicated to community and professional service.
Utica College offers degrees at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels with 37 undergraduate degrees in over 60 disciplines and 23 graduate programs. It also offers graduate certificates and special programs. Utica College is committed to providing an engaging and enriching academic experience that encourages intellectual, professional, and personal development and growth. Its programs are designed to help students develop the essential abilities to succeed in their careers as well as their lives. It is committed to a sound liberal education in all areas from traditional liberal arts majors including history and biology to professionally focused areas such as computer science or physical therapy.
Utica College Online, also referred to as Utica Online, offers online certificate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs in various areas such as business administration, gerontology, health care administration, physical therapy, criminal justice, nursing, and economic crime. The online programs feature innovative curricula, expert faculty, and professional networking opportunities. Online courses are delivered via ANGEL course management system and students are able to securely access courses anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection. The ANGEL system offers simplicity and a wide range of abilities making it the key selection for the college’s constantly growing online programs. It features an easy to navigate interface with bold icons and system navigation tools. Students are able to send and receive course email, post messages to threaded discussion boards and chat rooms, easily upload assignments using online drop boxes, and create groups of students for group assignments. They are also able to constantly monitor their progress and grades in a course. Some programs such as the Economic Crime Investigation and Cybersecurity and Information Assurance require internships as part of the program. Internships take place in local areas of where students reside.
For online courses, students purchase textbooks and other learning materials through the online bookstore and the materials are shipped directly to the student’s home. Technical assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all computer or website issues. Utica College Online offers SMARTHINKING Online Tutoring on numerous subjects and some are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also offers career placement where academic advisors who are experts in their fields assist students with job searches and securing employment.
Utica College was founded in 1946 by Syracuse University. It became legally and financially independent in 1995 and gained accreditation. In 1999, the college first began to offer master degree programs and doctoral degree programs in 2005. It announced its complete transition to a completely independent institution in 2008. Today, Utica College enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate students and over 700 graduate students.
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Utica College.
Utica College offers college scholarships, endowed scholarships, and annual awards. Alumni, friends of the college, and outside organizations have set up the endowed scholarships. The scholarships and awards include Utica College President’s Scholarship, Founder’s Scholarship, Utica College Achievement Awards, Memorial Scholarship, My Turn Scholarship, Transfer Achievement Awards, Senior Citizens Award and include Adirondack Bank Scholarship, Joseph E. Altongy Scholarship, Asian Cultural Heritage Scholarship, Black Cultural Heritage Scholarship, Bull Family Scholarship, Calidonna Scholarship, Class of 1959 scholarship, Furgal Scholarships, Max Geller Fund, Heiland Family Scholarship, Fred Maloof Scholarship, and Theta Xi Scholarship and Joseph Bonomo Scholarship Award.
Utica College accepts federal financial aid such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Academic Competitiveness Grant. It also accepts alternative loans and offers a deferred payment option that enables students to pay their tuition expenses in three installments.
Credit Earning Options
Utica College grants credits for previous coursework completed at another accredited college or university. It also gives credit for CLEP and DANTES examinations, ACE credit for military training, and experience credit. All transfer courses must have earned a grade of a C or better and be similar in content to a course offered at Utica College. Students seeking credit must submit official transcripts, course descriptions, description of work experience, and any other supporting information. The last 30 credit hours toward a bachelor degree must be earned at Utica College.