SUNY Cobleskill Welcomes New and Returning Students
August 23, 2013
SUNY Cobleskill welcomed more than 1000 new students (freshman and transfer) to our campus Thursday and we anticipate a total headcount similar to last year of just over 2500. There is an increasing shift towards students seeking a bachelor's degree–of those pre-registered to attend show that of the total student population 45% are in bachelor's degree seeking programs. In addition, more than 70 student veterans enrolled for the Fall semester, which is the highest number in over ten years.
The College is offering a dynamic four-day fall Orientation program integrating academic and student developmental awareness initiatives. Students will be participating in a series of educational awareness programming to assist them with their transition to college life. "Shot of Reality" an interactive and engaging program presented by a national touring company will address alcohol awareness education and Equalogy, a cutting edge theater performance, will address sexual assault education. Orientation Leaders will provide mentoring to all new students regarding how best to succeed in and out of the classroom and major emphasis will be focused on community engagement and service. Nationally renowned speaker David Kelly will serve as the Orientation Program Keynote speaker and present to faculty, staff and students how best to get involved with community service and service learning. Students will be able to participate in the The Campus Engagement Fair where over 30 service agencies will be on hand to seek volunteers for future community service initiatives.
The students were greeted with many renovations throughout the campus—new walkways, landscaping, a 24-hour shopping vending machine near the residence halls, and a renovated American Heritage restaurant that serves as a real-world working lab for our culinary arts and catering students. Our campus center walkway has been refurbished and is now flanked by lampposts decorated with flags of various countries. Veteran Memorial Plaza, dedicated on April 26, 2013, was created outside of Knapp and Bouck Halls in honor of the many veterans who have served our country. Inspired through the vision of SUNY Cobleskill Landscape Design student and president of the Student Veteran Association, Jeffrey Vogt, the plaza is the first symbolic representation of all those who have served in the military and have been a part of our community.