For information on our Mission Statement and Values, please visit this link.
At the undergraduate level, Utica University offers a wide range of programs leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a broad variety of majors in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. The University also offers numerous graduate programs in professional fields and in liberal studies. Please see the graduate catalog for a full range of graduate offerings. The University offers programs in a traditional on-ground format as well as in online and blended formats. Consistent with the University’s mission, academic programs offer a sound liberal arts base combined with professional opportunities. The core curriculum provides students with a breadth of understanding in a range of disciplines and training in essential intellectual skills.
Utica University’s majors include programs for which the bachelor’s degree is sufficient for a professional career and programs that lead to graduate and professional study. Two important factors that give Utica University its distinctive academic quality are the integration of liberal arts and professional studies and the diversity of major programs usually found only in large universities. The University offers students many opportunities for experiential learning, research, independent study, and study abroad.
One of the University’s greatest assets is its energetic and accomplished faculty. Most hold advanced degrees from prestigious American or international graduate schools. Of Utica’s full-time faculty, 67 percent have earned the terminal degree appropriate to their fields. Although many faculty members are engaged in research, their primary concern is high-quality undergraduate instruction. Utica University students have direct contact with their instructors because the typical class at Utica University consists of 14 students. All instructors personally advise students regarding academic programs, and all faculty members are available to consult personally with individual students who are enrolled in their classes. In addition to faculty services and counseling, Utica University also offers professional academic and career planning, advising, and personal counseling to all students
Utica University has three schools that provide students with a wide choice of majors.
The University has articulation agreements with area community colleges to afford graduates of those colleges a smooth transition into baccalaureate programs and completion in two years of additional study.
In addition, Utica University has partnered with neighboring academic institutions to form the Mohawk Valley College Consortium. Utica University and member institutions Hamilton College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Herkimer College, Mohawk Valley Community College, SUNY Morrisville, and SUNY Empire State College have signed a cross-registration agreement that allows full-time students and employees at each of the institutions to take one course per semester at any of the other area schools. Students should check with the Office of the Registrar for specific requirements.
The University provides opportunities for financially and academically disadvantaged students to obtain a higher education by participation in the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program. HEOP offers students personal counseling and academic advising, financial assistance, special tutoring, and remedial education programs.
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) provides academic support for underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged students who have an interest in careers in scientific, technical, and health-related fields.
Utica University’s programs are designed to give all students a sound basis in liberal arts and sciences. Students may choose a specific major at the time of entry or remain undecided for up to two years while they explore a variety of majors. Once a major is chosen, students may change majors if interests change after entering college. Changing majors, however, may necessitate additional time to complete the degree, depending upon requirements of the new major.
Students will complete courses in three basic areas that apply to all programs: (1) general education; (2) major and major-related program requirements; and (3) electives. These three basic areas are explained in more detail on the following pages. Students must fulfill all requirements of each of these areas to be eligible for graduation.
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The University is chartered by the Regents of The University of the State of New York under its corporate name, Utica University, and also is mentioned in Syracuse University’s charter. Utica University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801. (267-284-5011) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Copies of accreditation reports are on file in the offices of the president and the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Utica University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, and accepts students and employs individuals without regard to race, creed, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, AIDS, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, domestic violence victim status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Utica University programs, services, and activities.
The 504 ADA Compliance Officer for Utica University is Lisa Green, Vice President for Human Resources and Personnel Development (315) 792-3276.
Utica University has designated the Vice President for Human Resources and Personnel Development in the Office of Human Resources (315) 792-3276 as the individual responsible for inquiries, complaints, and coordination of compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended).
Utica University has designated the Director of Learning Services in the Office of Learning Services (315) -792-3032 as the individual responsible for inquiries, complaints, and coordination of compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on behalf of students.
Members of Utica University who have complaints of sexual harassment by anyone at this University, including any students, staff, administrators, or faculty as well as vendors, contingent employees, clients, and consultants are encouraged to report such conduct to the Title IX Coordinator so that (s)he may investigate and resolve the problem. Individuals who feel subjected to sexual harassment should report the circumstances orally and/or in writing as soon as possible to the Title IX Coordinator. A delay in reporting may affect an investigator’s ability to gather information relevant to the case. For the purposes of filing a complaint, “Title IX Coordinator” refers to the Title IX Coordinator and any Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The contact information for the Title IX staff is as follows:
Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Green, Vice President of Human Resources and Personnel Development (315) 792-3736 or lcgreen[at]utica.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students: Alane Varga, Dean for Diversity (315-792-3100 or avarga[at]utica.edu)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics: David Fontaine, Director of Athletics and Physical Education (315) 792-3050 or dsfontai[at]utica.edu
Utica University has designated several Military/Veterans Liaisons to direct the University’s efforts to comply with the applicable law and regulations on behalf of veterans. The Veterans’ Liaisons are: Mr. Craig Dewan, Registrar (315) 792-3393 and Mr. Austin D. Givens, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity (315) 792-3753.
The online version of the Utica University Undergraduate Catalog is the official version. The online catalog will be updated two times a year. The Winter-Spring catalog will be published in early January and the Summer-Fall catalog will be published in early May. The official publication date of this catalog is May 2019. It is the student’s responsibility to know and follow the current requirements and procedures at the department, school, and University levels.
The University reserves the right to make such changes as it determines, in its sole discretion, to be necessary or advisable in its regulations, course offerings, staff, and financial policies without notice. Changes to rules and policies may occur at any time and could be applied to currently matriculated students.
Utica University offers a wide range of programs, majors, and services to help prepare students for careers but does not guarantee employment or placement for its students or graduates.
Utica University reserves the right to deny admission, re-admission, registration, or re-registration and to dismiss or suspend either from classes or a University residence any student who is unable to meet the University’s academic or health standards, or whose behavior is not in accord with the rules and regulations of the University.
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Utica University offers several institutes and centers that involve participants from throughout the University and the public to address issues of common interest and concern. These institutes and centers offer programs and conduct studies that focus on specific cultural, professional, and intellectual topics; provide services to students and the public, and bring a wide range of experts to the University to speak to interested groups.
For more information, please go to http://www.utica.edu/academic/institutes/