SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
SUNY Polytechnic Institute seal.svg
Former names
Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica (1966-1977); SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (1977-2014)[1]
TypePublic university
EstablishedJune 14, 1966; 55 years ago (1966-06-14)
Parent institution
State University of New York
EndowmentUS $6.1 million (2019)[2]
PresidentTod Laursen, Ph.D. (Acting) [3]
ProvostSteven Schneider, Ph.D. (interim)
Academic staff
290 (Fall 2018),[1]
62 (Fall 2019)[2]
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[5]
ColorsBlue, White and Gold[citation needed]
AthleticsNCAA Division III, NAC
Sports12 varsity teams
SUNY Polytechnic Institute wordmark.svg

The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Poly[6]) is a public university with campuses in Marcy and Albany, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded in 1966 using classrooms at a primary school,[7] what became SUNY Poly is New York's public polytechnic college.[8] 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, and was established in January 2003.

SUNY Poly is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university offers over 25 bachelor's degrees, 18 graduate level degrees, and five doctoral degrees within five different colleges. SUNY Poly students come from across the state of New York, throughout the United States, and more than twenty other nations, with more than 25,000 alumni.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11] 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, the College of Business Management, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Currently, the university offers programs in the disciplines of engineering, engineering technology, and other programs and degrees in business administration,[12] technology, nursing, design, professional studies, and the arts and sciences at its Utica campus, and nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, as well as nanobioscience programs at its Albany campus.



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 SUNY Poly's Albany campus include President Barack Obama[13] and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.[14]


SUNY Poly is organized into five colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business Management
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering


Semiconductors and microchips[edit]

SUNY Poly’s Albany campus is also the site of a pilot scale semiconductor research and development center in Albany, NY. In addition to nanoscale science and engineering research, development, and commercialization efforts at the Albany campus, there are wide-ranging research efforts by faculty, staff, and students at the institution’s Utica campus, including in the areas of:

  • Maintenance
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Quantum computing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Anthropology
  • Redox biology
  • Yawning and brain cooling
  • Sports, games, and athletics in evolutionary perspective
  • Cloud computing
  • Cybernetics
  • Design exposure and entrepreneurship
  • Robotics


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.[15] The research facility leases space to Danfoss Power Solutions in the building.[16]

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. In 2019, SUNY Poly broke ground on its next residence hall, expected to open in fall 2020. The residence hall will be “zero-net, carbon certified,” exceeding existing energy codes with the infrastructure to add future on-site renewable energy production systems. Once these systems are installed, the building will use equal to or less than the energy annually it can produce on-site through renewable resources.[17]

Students attending the Albany campus gain a comprehensive residential and dining experience, health, wellness, and counseling services, as well as additional recreational opportunities as a result of a partnership with the University at Albany. All residential students are housed at the University at Albany Freedom Apartments adjacent to the SUNY Poly campus.[18]


SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III 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.[19] A new multi-sport turf field, new baseball field, and an updated softball field were also constructed as part of the Wildcat Field House project. The SUNY Poly basketball teams play their home contests in the Campus Center Gym. The "CC" was completed in the early 1980s as the original home for Wildcat Athletics. Upon the completion of the Wildcat Field House, the Campus Center was retrofitted to be used solely for basketball. The most recent update to the gym was in 2016 when the scoreboard was updated and the floor and paint were refinished to match the current team identity. In 2020-21 the Wildcats will change conferences, transitioning from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) into the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).[20]


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  2. ^ a b "Albany Business Review Report Filing 2019"
  3. ^ "Tod Laursen | SUNY Polytechnic Institute". Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Fast Facts - SUNY".
  5. ^ "2018 Campus Statement" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Usage". SUNY Poly. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "SUNY IT History". SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  8. ^ “State Board of Regents gives approval to area upper division college," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, November 19, 1966
  9. ^ "Admissions | SUNY Polytechnic Institute". Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  10. ^ “SUNY OKs Marcy Campus," Observer-Dispatch/UticaOD, April 22, 1981
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Business Administration Program at SUNY Poly". SUNY Poly. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "President Obama Lauds UAlbany NanoCollege". Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Photos: Woz comes to town". September 5, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Cooper, Elizabeth (January 18, 2015). "Major Quad-C expansion on horizon". Utica Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  16. ^ Roth, Amy Neff. "Quad-C gets first employees; Danfoss: 'We will grow'". Uticaod. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hilltop Hall". SUNY Poly. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  18. ^ "Freedom Apartments". SUNY Poly. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  19. ^ Bader, Daniel P. (April 27, 2012). "SUNYIT celebrates new Wildcat Field House". Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  20. ^ "SUNY Poly Announces Transition to the North Atlantic Conference for the 2020-21 Season". SUNY Poly Athletics. August 21, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.

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