SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Former names
Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica (1966-1977); SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (1977-2014)[1]
EstablishedJune 14, 1966
EndowmentUS $3.9 million (2018)[2]
PresidentGrace Wang, Ph.D. (Interim President)
ProvostSteven Schneider, Ph.D. (Interim Provost)
Academic staff
275 (Fall 2017),[1]
17 (Fall 2017, CNSE)[5]
Location, ,
United States

43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229Coordinates: 43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229
CampusSuburban, Urban, 762 acres (3.08 km2), Marcy campus[6]
ColorsBlue, White and Gold[citation needed]
AthleticsNCAA Division III, NEAC
AffiliationsState University of New York
Sports12 varsity teams

The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, commonly referred to as SUNY Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Poly,[7] is a public research university with campuses in the town of Marcy in the Utica-Rome metropolitan area and Albany, New York. Founded in 1966 using classrooms at a primary school,[8] SUNY Poly is New York's public polytechnic college.[9] The Marcy campus, formerly the SUNY Institute of Technology, has a Utica, New York mailing address and was established in 1987. The Albany campus was formerly a component of the University at Albany, established in January 2003.

SUNY Poly is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[10] The university offers over 25 bachelor's degrees, 15 master's degrees, and three doctoral degrees within six different colleges. SUNY Poly students come from across the state of New York, throughout the United States, and more than twenty other nations. [11] More than 25,000 alumni enjoy successful careers in a wide range of fields.[12]

In July 2018, Dr. Grace Wang was appointed Interim President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. [13]


Originally a graduate and upper-division (transfer) institution, SUNY Poly offered classes in temporary locations throughout Utica and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent Marcy campus in the 1980s.[14] In 2002, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a mission change, enabling SUNY Poly to offer upper-division programs in professional, technological, and applied studies. In 2003, SUNY Poly admitted its first class of freshmen, becoming a four-year institution.[15] This class graduated in May 2007.

The university's name derives from the 2014 merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, formerly a component of the University at Albany. This merger created five colleges within the Institute, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences and Management, the College of Nanoscale Engineering, and the College of Nanoscale Science.

Currently, the university offers programs in the disciplines, engineering, engineering technology, nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, as well as nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus. Other programs and degrees in business administration,[16] technology, nursing, design, professional studies, and the arts and sciences are offered at its Utica campus. The 2014 merger brought the first Ph.D program to the Utica campus in nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering, respectively.[17]



The Marcy campus occupies more than 400 acres, with major buildings, including three residential complexes, surrounded by trees and green landscape. The "west campus" property of more than 300 acres is reserved for the development of the Marcy NanoCenter. Construction and renovation projects totaling $100 million in recent years included a new student center, field house, and residence hall complex—all completed in 2011.

There are two academic halls on campus: William R. Kunsela Hall and James H. Donovan Hall.

Opened in March 2003, the Peter J. Cayan Library is on the southern portion of the campus.


Notable people who have visited the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering include President Barack Obama[18] and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.[19]


SUNY Poly is organized into six colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business Management
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Nanoscale Engineering
  • College of Nanoscale Science


Semiconductors and microchips[edit]

The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering operates a pilot scale semiconductor fabrication plant in Albany, NY.


Currently, a US$250–300 million semiconductor manufacturing research facility known as the Computer Chip Commercialization Center or "Quad-C" is located on the Marcy campus.[20] The research facility leases space to Danfoss Power Solutions in the building owned by the university.[21]

Student life and governance[edit]

Residence halls[edit]

Oriskany Residence Hall, Marcy campus

Three residence halls are on the Marcy campus, including the oldest, Adirondack Residence Hall, Mohawk Residence Hall, constructed in the late-1990s and located on the northern portion of campus, and Oriskany Residence Hall, completed in 2011.

Students attending the Albany campus reside in CrestHill Suites in downtown Albany.[22]


SUNY Poly has many clubs to cater to a diverse set of interests; some notable ones on campus include Students of Christ, BLASU (Black Latino Asian Student Union), Wildcats Care, Poly Pride, ISA (Indian Student Union), Wildcat Media and the Music Club. In addition, a large portion of students are involved in student government organizations, such as the CFB (Club Funding Board), AHAB (After Hours Activities Board), and CAB (Club Activities Board). Residential student activities are largely facilitated by each residential complex's respective RHC (Residential Hall Council), alongside programs held by residential student staff.


SUNY Poly Wildcats logo

SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The current roster of SUNY Poly varsity sports includes baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. SUNY Poly's athletic nickname is the Wildcats.

The Wildcat Field House, completed in 2011, features a state-of-the-art fitness center, two full-sized basketball courts and four volleyball courts, indoor practice facilities for all Wildcat teams, a running track, an expansive training room, team rooms, and offices for the athletics department’s administrative staff and coaches.[23] New athletic fields were also constructed as part of the field house project.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. News and World Report Ranking".
  2. ^ "SUNY Poly Foundation Financial Report" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Fast Facts - SUNY".
  4. ^ a b c "General FAQ". SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "CNSE Quick Facts". Archived from the original on January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "2018 Campus Statement" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Usage". SUNY Poly. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "SUNY IT History". SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  9. ^ “State Board of Regents gives approval to area upper division college," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, November 19, 1966
  10. ^ Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  11. ^ "Admissions | SUNY Polytechnic Institute". Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "About SUNYIT". Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "SUNY Poly looks to SUNY for interim president". Times Union. June 14, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  14. ^ “SUNY OKs Marcy Campus," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, April 22, 1981
  15. ^ Swann, John (2006). From the Mills to Marcy: The Early History of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. State University of New York Institute of Technology.
  16. ^ "Business Administration Program at SUNY Poly". SUNY Poly. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  17. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy Programs". CNSE. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "President Obama Lauds UAlbany NanoCollege". Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  19. ^ "Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak tours CNSE". Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  20. ^ Cooper, Elizabeth (January 18, 2015). "Major Quad-C expansion on horizon". Utica Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  21. ^ Roth, Amy Neff. "Quad-C gets first employees; Danfoss: 'We will grow'". Uticaod. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "CrestHill Suites". SUNY Poly. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016.
  23. ^ Bader, Daniel P. (April 27, 2012). "SUNYIT celebrates new Wildcat Field House". Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved May 6, 2014.

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