Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited institutions that make up the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education. For the central New York region and for a growing number of distance-learning students around the world, Cayuga provides an affordable gateway to higher education, with courses and degree programs offered at two campuses and online.
The Auburn campus is in Cayuga County, in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region. The Fulton campus offers residents of Oswego County and surrounding areas a wide array of courses, including several complete degree programs, within easy commuting distance.
Founded under the sponsorship of the Auburn City School District in 1953 as Auburn Community College, the College officially changed its name to Cayuga County Community College in 1975 when Cayuga County assumed sponsorship. Fulton operations grew rapidly from two downtown classrooms in 1994 to the current facility on West Broadway (Route 3). Opened in 2001, the Fulton campus now serves over 1,000 students each academic year.
Committed to being the community college for both Cayuga and Oswego Counties, the College offers transfer and career-oriented curricula on a degree and certificate basis. Popular programs include liberal arts, education, broadcasting, studio art and design, business, nursing, and criminal justice. The geographic information systems program — providing hands-on training in the high-tech field of space-based mapping and imaging — enjoys a special relationship with the NASA-sponsored Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, located on the Auburn campus.
Flexibility is a hallmark of program delivery at Cayuga. More than 40% of those enrolled are over the age of 22, many with job and family responsibilities. Students can take courses in Auburn, Fulton, or both, and can choose from weekday, evening, and Sunday classes. Many courses — even some complete degree programs — are also available online.
A variety of clubs, organizations, and activities offer students a diverse college experience, from NJCAA Division III athletics to student government, from the college chorus to the student radio station, from orientation staffing to the student newspaper. While Cayuga and Oswego Counties are largely rural, a variety of cultural, recreational, and shopping opportunities are concentrated in the cities of Auburn, Fulton, and Oswego, as well as in such nearby towns as Aurora, Waterloo, and Skaneateles. Within an easy drive of either campus are the cities of Syracuse and Rochester.
In a 2006 survey of community college students across the SUNY system, Cayuga was rated #1 in quality of instruction. Credit for that high honor goes to the approximately 75 full-time and 150 adjunct, or part-time, instructors who make up the Cayuga faculty. Our instructors hold advanced degrees from universities across the country, and bring a broad range of professional experience from the academic world and beyond.
The hallmark of our faculty is dedication to students. In student opinion surveys, Cayuga instructors consistently earn positive reviews for their competence and commitment. Members of the Cayuga faculty have earned dozens of awards and citations for educational excellence, including several SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.