Meet Our Admissions Team

Deb Pernat - SUNY Cobleskill Admissions Counselor   

Debbie Pernat

Admissions Advisor


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Recruitment Territory: Northern NY, Central NY

Northern: Saratoga, Fulton, Washington, Warren, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin and Clinton Counties


Central: Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, Chenango, Broome, and Cortland Counties




What is one of your favorite things about SUNY Cobleskill?

I like the community atmosphere. It is a small college within a small community. During my college search I visited a few colleges. SUNY Cobleskill stood out. I was impressed with the faculty, the small class sizes and the practical educational approach to the programs.


What advice you would give a prospective student about choosing a college?

Make sure you visit! Sometimes a college or university can have a program of interest, but you need to visit to make sure you can envision yourself living there for two or four years. Try to figure out your top three requirements and be sure the colleges you are considering meet your criteria. My top three were: 1. Do they have an Equine program? 2. Size 3. Was I going to be able to afford it?


What is an interesting hobby or special talent you have?

I enjoy riding horses. I spend my weekends going to horseshows, hunter paces, teaching lessons and training horses. I have two daughters that really enjoy riding horses too!


What program did you study at SUNY Cobleskill?

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science - Equine Studies. The program allowed me to gain knowledge on different areas of the industry I had never experienced. I grew up showing hunters, jumpers and dressage as well as foxhunting. During my four years at SUNY Cobleskill I was exposed to breaking young horses, eventing, breeding and even completed my internship in Camden, South Carolina, galloping two year old thoroughbreds.


What did you like best about your college experience?

I liked the practical learning approach and the lifelong relationships I have built. I loved my college experience so much I relocated to the area and was fortunate enough to gain employment at SUNY Cobleskill and now I have been here 16 years as a full time employee.