Academics are the core of any college. SUNY Cobleskill is proud of its long tradition of combining theoretical knowledge with practical application. We have traditional classrooms, but the College is renowned for its “real life” laboratories: a dairy barn, equestrian center, greenhouses, heavy equipment laboratory, fish hatchery, restaurant, catering kitchen, production kitchens, child care center, child development center, histotechnology laboratory and computer labs, just to name a few.
In these places, and in the classroom, our students experience real learning. The true value of this is two-fold. One is that students quickly learn whether or not they truly are suited to the actual work; two is that they are ready to apply what they know when they go out on their internships. Our faculty's mission is to make certain that their students are prepared both for work, and for decision-making in a rapidly changing world. In a very real sense, though the faculty mix a healthy dose of research into their duties, their commitment is to their students' careers. That their dedication pays off is evident in the fact that 98% of our graduates either are gainfully employed or have transferred to the next degree level.
SUNY Cobleskill was founded in 1916 as the Schoharie School of Agriculture. Today, the College offers one of the most diverse agricultural programs in the United States, including Agricultural Business Management to Animal Science, Landscape Contracting to Turfgrass Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture to Environmental Studies, Culinary Arts, and more. The ultra-modern agricultural complex serves as a laboratory for hands-on skill building. It includes a working farm, 14 greenhouses, a 10-acre arboretum, a 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, a 200-cow contemporary freestall dairy, a meat laboratory, an equine complex with an indoor arena, and a fully equipped agricultural engineering technology facility. Ninety acres of landscaped campus provide additional opportunities for outdoor classrooms where theories are put into practice. Offering bachelor’s or associate degrees, students are able to pursue a wide range of studies covering virtually every aspect of agriculture. The College’s Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation and students consistently win medals at the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show.
Small classes, close personal attention, and a wide range of majors are the hallmarks of SUNY Cobleskill’s liberal arts program. While classes at many larger universities are often taught by assistants, at SUNY Cobleskill classes are always taught by professors. Every major has been designed to promote critical thinking and incorporates experiential learning. Bachelor’s degrees are available in Early Childhood, Natural Sciences, and Communications. The College’s Honors Program offers additional opportunities to qualified students.
At SUNY Cobleskill, students majoring in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Computer Information Systems learn the most current thinking, theories, and practices in their respective fields. That’s why SUNY Cobleskill graduates are in such high demand. “Smart” classrooms and new computer labs use the most advanced technology as students prepare for their careers in a setting that mirrors the realities of the modern workplace.