SUNY Morrisville welcomed its largest incoming class in years with 950 students.
“This has been an incredible year for SUNY Morrisville,” said Caleb McGuire, director of Admissions. “I’ve been honored to work with our Admissions team and faculty and staff across campus to help each of these 950 students find their place at SUNY Morrisville.”
“I am delighted to welcome every member of this class as they make their home at SUNY Morrisville,” President David Rogers said.
The news, which comes at a time when enrollment is a challenge for many institutions, puts SUNY Morrisville at a 29% increase in new students from last year.
New programs and advanced spaces helped make way for the increase, as well as the college’s reputation for its hands-on and dynamic learning in facilities equipped with the latest and greatest technology.
“The applied, hands-on education students gain at the college serves them well, not only in their education but also for the rest of their career,” Rogers said.
Campus highlights include a new master’s degree in food & agribusiness, which rolled in its first class this fall. The part-time, online program allows working professionals and remote learners to benefit from a Morrisville education, while gaining a critical credential for food chain management and food security.
A new bachelor’s degree in agricultural science also adds to the college’s program lineup, offering four specialty tracks; dairy management, agronomy, livestock management and agricultural outreach and education. Additionally, a new sustainable resource management bachelor’s degree is SUNY’s only agroecology program.
Other program highlights include a surge in the college’s game programming degree, which launched in Fall 2022 with 13 students and greeted 32 new students this fall, and the equine science Bachelor of Technology program, which saw a 40% increase in students.
Well-known for its diverse equine offerings, the college also offers an equine science - equine rehabilitation and therapy program. Its Equine Rehabilitation Center is one the few publicly accessible equine rehabilitation facilities in the Northeast, offering equipment and rehabilitation techniques to keep healthy horses conditioned, and to help injured equine athletes recover post-injury or post-surgery.
Incoming freshman Sarah Dickinson came to SUNY Morrisville to fulfill her lifelong dream of helping horses.
The 18-year-old SUNY Morrisville student, from Ripley, enrolled in the college’s equine science - equine rehabilitation and therapy program after visiting the facility during Open House.
“I am thrilled to be here,” Dickinson said. “This is what I have wanted to do my whole life.”
Sharing her sentiment was freshman Aniyah Smith, who made the 13-hour drive from Georgia, with her mother.
Smith, recruited to play lacrosse, is studying exercise science, a degree that will lead to her ultimate goal of becoming an athletics director.
Adding to Morrisville’s appeal is a new black turf field at its athletics stadium, which embraces what sets the college apart, while providing a focal point for athletes that distinguishes it from its peers.
The college also added women’s track & field and welcomed softball back to its athletics offerings.
The campus was a flurry of activity as new and returning students moved in during Welcome Weekend Aug. 24-27.
“We are proud of each of these students as they embark on their own journey at the college,” Rogers said. “I, along with each member of our faculty and staff, look forward to working with them as they find success both in and out of the classroom.”
“We are excited to see what they will accomplish,” McGuire said. “I am confident that each of their interests, talents and perspectives will benefit our entire community and make it stronger.”