Parents & Families


      Letter from the President

President Terenzio

This Autumn is an exciting time of year for your family. Some of you are preparing your students to start the next phase of their growth, and to start the transition into adulthood. For others, your students are returning to campus to continue the hard, rewarding work of realizing their goals and their potential. We look forward to sharing our expertise and enthusiasm with your students as they learn to become independent thinkers and doers. Our highly celebrated applied learning approach to teaching is only one of many learning opportunities for growth and exploration at SUNY Cobleskill.

As SUNY Cobleskill celebrates its 100th year, you and your students play an important role in carrying today’s momentum into our second century of innovation. We have an impressive track record of preparing students to meet the ever-changing challenges of tomorrow, as demonstrated by our 97 percent job placement rate among graduate survey respondents.

In our next century, we will continue to prepare students to not only meet the future, but to shape it. We have announced four pioneering new degree programs during this Centennial year. They are Food Systems & Technology, which will prepare students for the complex field of global food production, distribution and consumption; Therapeutic Horsemanship, the first program of its kind in New York State; and Fermentation Science, which includes two degree options to prepare students for work in the thriving industries of food and beverage production, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and environmental conservation.

I would like to personally invite you to join us on Sept. 23 and 24 for our Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend. As we celebrate Homecoming, we will also be celebrating you and your role in your student’s success. Festivities will begin Friday evening with a bonfire on Fake Field and continue with family-friendly activities all day Saturday. We will top it off with our Centennial Parade and Fireworks Saturday evening.

Autumn is a time of boundless energy in the halls, classrooms, labs and fields of SUNY Cobleskill. It is the energy of beginnings and opportunity. I am thrilled to meet our new students, who bring eager spirits; as I am excited to greet returning students, who may bring new perspectives gleaned from a summer job, internship or travel. The doors of SUNY Cobleskill stand open and waiting.

Dr. Marion Terenzio
SUNY Cobleskill President

      Currently Happening in Foundations for College Success

For the next several weeks, our students in Foundation for College Success (FFCS) are working on their Goals for Personal Success or GPS plan. Please ask your son or daughter about completing the plan and the process so that they begin to understand the usefulness and importance of looking at the short-term and long-term educational and career planning processes.

The first part of the plan, the Academic plan, is designed to help students build their academic schedules for their entire education at Cobleskill. It includes exploring and choosing General Education courses, required Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, and electives. As you can imagine, it is a very important task so students know exactly what they need to take in order to graduate on time.

The next part of the GPS is the Career Plan. Students use our computer program, FOCUS, to assess what careers match their various interests and skills. Within the program they can see a huge range of careers, how much they could potentially make, education needed, and whether their skills match with the skills needed of those employed. Students need to choose a primary career and two back-up options since we all know that career prospects can change. Our classes also have an enlightening lesson on financial literacy, typically including student loan debt and the cost of living after college. This is a great time to chat with your son or daughter about finances, budgeting, credit, and even how much it costs to live within a desired lifestyle. 

The last part of the GPS is the Educational Plan. In this part students are encouraged to look at institutions that have the degree programs needed to get to those careers. They need to explore the admissions requirements, including GPA needed. It is very important to know what GPA to strive for, even from the first semester. Our FFCS instructors have even included discussions on extra educational opportunities like studying abroad. Our students have some amazing opportunities with the tools and services SUNY Cobleskill provides.

The GPS is a lengthy and sometimes overwhelming process for students. We do let them know that it is a PLAN and that things will inevitably change. Some changes are small, like classes, and some changes may be big, like changing a major. With your support from home and the support we provide here on campus, our young adults will make their way toward their own successes.


Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2016



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      Continuing Student Housing – Selection Process Basics

The application process for requesting 2016-17 residence hall housing assignments will be open effective March 30.  Students are encouraged to watch for posters, emails, and floor meetings to receive helpful information and guidance to complete the process.  Questions regarding the process can be addressed by our live-in professional staff.

      The Office of the Registrar Wants You to Know...

Mid-Term grades – Mid-term grades will be turned on and viewable to students March 30th. If your student has a financial hold or other account hold, they will not be able to view their mid-term grades or participate in course registration.

Course Registration – Registration for fall and summer 2016 semesters begins April 11. Your student should have already met with their academic advisor to select courses for next semester and obtain their “Alt Pin” necessary to submit their schedule in banner web. If the advisor meeting has not yet happened, students are reminded to do so immediately.

Graduation for December – If you have a student graduating in August or December, applications are due Friday, April 29th. The student will not be graduated without the graduation application. All potential graduates must have paid the $50 graduation fee as well. The August or December graduates will be invited in March/April to participate in May 2017 commencement. They will be notified via their Cobleskill email account.

Graduation application for May Graduates – Students expecting to graduate in May 2016 should have already turned in their graduation applications (November 20). The graduation application can be found here >. The graduation application must include a copy of the student’s Degree Works audit, be signed by the academic advisor and be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The $50 graduation fee will be added to their bill.

Final Grades – Final grades will be available on-line to students on May 20th. If your student has a financial hold or other account hold, they will not be able to view their final grades.

Official TranscriptsFor students who have requested an official transcript(s) with final grades or graduation status, transcripts will not be available or sent until the first week of June. 

      CAS Dining Services – News Bites

There are some exciting happenings in Dining Services this semester! We now have Chef Kris German doing display cooking at various locations. The pop-up display cooking events are being held in Champlin Dining Hall, Prentice Hall Café and the Farm Fresh Café in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources – look for promo posters. So far, we’ve enjoyed serving delicious Cappuccino Mousse Crepes, Mac ‘n Cheese Bar, Burger Sliders, Pulled Pork Sliders and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. If you’ve missed out, check our Facebook page for pictures. Look for Chef Kris German and his display cooking around campus!


Our End-of-Year BBQ on May 4 will be featuring campus-sourced chicken! This is a great opportunity to “Know Your Farmer” (US!).  We’re hoping the weather is fantastic and we can eat outside.


We anticipate a grand re-opening of the lower level of Brickyard Point during the second week of April. Stop by the Brickyard Brewhouse upstairs and enjoy a hot beverage or smoothie along with something fresh and delicious from our campus bakery. Take a comfortable seat upstairs OR downstairs and study, socialize, or simply relax and recharge during the afternoon or evening.

Here is a list of the remaining specials for the semester:

Friday, 4/1 – April Fools Lunch

Tuesday, 4/5 – Complimentary Ice Cream @ Prentice

Wednesday, 4/6 – Spring Dinner

Wednesday, 4/20 – Farm-to-Table Pig Roast

Monday, 5/2 – ZEN Week Events

Wednesday, 5/4 – End-of-Year BBQ

Thursday, 5/9 – Late-Nite Breakfast


Ongoing Champlin Dining Hall specials include:

Friday Night Pizza-To-Go (16” w/ choice of two toppings, two sodas and two cookies) for $12

Sunday Night Wings-To-Go (dozen wings, carrots/celery, cheesy garlic biscuit, cookie and soda) for $9. Pre-order and pickup either of these specials at Champlin Atrium.

There will also be Study Buddy boxes available from May 2-12 for $8 payable with a bonus meal, cash, CobyCash, downtown dollars, or credit/debit cards. These Study Buddy boxes can be ordered as gifts right on our website on the forms page.


Did you know? To date CAS, Inc. has given back over $16,000 to various organizations including Die Hard Dairy 4H Club, Cub Scouts, Cobleskill Partnership, Inc., SUNY Cobleskill – CAS Scholarships, Residential Life and donation of a vehicle to the campus’ Capital Crew.


If students have dietary concerns, they are encouraged to contact Audrey Rapant in the Champlin Dining Hall or (518-255-5883).




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