Eisenhower College

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Eisenhower College was a small college named after U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, located on Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls, New York. It was founded on September 21, 1965 as a liberal arts college. Private funds and two federal grants totaling $14.5 million helped established the college, which opened its doors to its first class in 1968.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Eisenhower Dollar coin went to the college. This amounted to some $9 million between the coin's initial production in 1971 and 1978, when production ceased.

Eisenhower curricula were centered on a core set of courses collectively known as “World Studies.” These mandatory courses examined the history of civilization from the ascent of Man through modern times in music, art, history, science, philosophy and literature.

Foreign language and physical education courses were also mandatory. Also unique about the campus were the well-attended classes in modern music and human sexuality held weekly in the “Red Barn” building.

Another campus tradition was the Communication Arts Festival held each April. Lacking a fall homecoming tradition, the Comm-Arts weekend gave "Ike" students the chance to become re-acquainted with old friends and grads as everyone celebrated the rainy spring weather, endemic to the Seneca Falls community.

Until 1979, the campus housed the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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In March 1979, the liberal arts college, which had a total enrollment of only 460 students and was experiencing financial difficulties, was acquired by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). On July 22, 1982, RIT announced the immediate closing of Eisenhower College due to "major operating deficits." Current students and faculty were given the opportunity to transfer to RIT's main campus for the 1982/83 school year.

In 1989, the property was sold to the New York Chiropractic College which continues to operate the campus. An archive of Eisenhower College material, donated by former professors and alumni, is stored on the campus' library as of 2006.

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