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SUNY Cobleskill (2011)

Brief Description:

Chartered in 1911 and opened in 1916 as the Schoharie State School of Agriculture, today SUNY Cobleskill offers one of the most diverse agricultural programs in the United States – ranging from production agriculture to natural resources, landscaping to golf course management, fisheries to wildlife and environmental studies, and more. The College’s modern 782-acre complex serves as a laboratory for hands-on skill building and includes a working farm, 14 greenhouses, a 10-acre arboretum, 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, 200-cow contemporary freestall dairy, a meat laboratory, and equine complex.

SUNY Cobleskill students majoring in accounting, business administration, information technology, and culinary arts learn the most current thinking, theories, and practices in their respective fields. “Smart” classrooms and new computer labs use advanced technology as students prepare for their careers in a setting that mirrors the realities of the modern workplace. Small classes, close personal attention, and a wide range of majors are the hallmarks of the College’s liberal arts program. Every major has been designed to promote critical thinking and incorporates experiential learning. More than 20 bachelor’s degrees are available, including early childhood, natural sciences, communications, animal science, and plant science.


Mission Statement:

SUNY Cobleskill is a public, residential college offering bachelors, associates and professional educational programs through its Schools of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The College provides a learner-centered experiential education including strong internships, field experiences, and opportunities for leadership development to a diverse student body in a nurturing and affordable small campus environment. SUNY Cobleskill is also a significant economic driver, positively impacting the region’s quality of life by creating an educated workforce, forming partnerships with corporations and communities, and providing numerous cultural, athletic, and regional events.

President's Quote:

“Preparing for a second century of service fuels our passion for possibility. Increasingly, our long history of proactive commitment to “Real Life ♦ Real Learning” is garnering our campus an enviable reputation as a transformative learning community that is engaged, dynamic and uncommon.” –  Donald P. Zingale, President 

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Fun Facts:

  • We enroll approximately 2,600 students. Of those nearly 2,000 reside on campus, including 400 four-legged.
  • The campus is comprised of 782 acres including a working dairy and livestock farm, equestrian facility, tree nursery and recreation area.
  • We are the only public baccalaureate college in New York’s Capital Region, and, the only college of agriculture and technology in the 18-county Tech Valley region.
  • We have the only Histotechnology program in New York state, and one of few in the nation.
  • SUNY Cobleskill is one of few institutions in the U.S. where an undergraduate student may also choose to earn an associate's degree.
  • SUNY Cobleskill is home to the only USDA inspected, college run, meat processing facility in the Northeast.
  • The 40,000 gallon coldwater hatchery is one of the only student run hatcheries in the northeast. In the educational hatchery students raise salmon, trout and arctic char in a recirculating system. Students raise broodstock selecting for desirable traits, spawn their fish, incubate eggs and rear salmonids in all stages of their lifecycle.


Notable Alumni:

  • Mark Henderson ’02, International Agriculture Consultant for U.S. Agency for International Development 
  • Pindar Damianos ’98, owner of Pindar Vineyards
  • Jennifer Kaido ’01, Olympic rower
  • Kathleen King ’79, owner/president of Tate’s Bake Shop
  • Shane Jacques ’07, program manager for the National FFA Organization



SUNY Cobleskill helped me to identify my interests and gave me the confidence to continue my education. – Jackie Ploetz ’05, Animal Science: Dairy 

Some of the most valuable lessons happened at SUNY Cobleskill while learning about myself as a person. Being on my own and away from home, college was a time of mental, social and emotional growth. I found myself outside of my comfort zone on more than one occasion and while scary at the time, I developed as an adult because of such experiences. – Shane Jacques ’07, Agricultural Business 

Spiritually I grew at SUNY Cobleskill, because for the first time in my life, I was away from the direct influence of my parents and could really take time identifying my true beliefs.  There were plenty of people at SUNY Cobleskill with all kinds of backgrounds to learn from. Lastly, I became more confident in myself one hundred fold.  I faced challenges as a new college student that each time I persevered or at the very least learned a new life lesson.  By believing in my abilities, I've sought opportunities that were harder to achieve, which has paid off so far in my career. – Mark Henderson’01, Agricultural Business 

SUNY Cobleskill afforded me the possibility of receiving a great college education at a reasonable cost. This is extremely important to me because my family was unable to pay my entire tuition out of pocket; as a result I took out loans. Many colleges have tuition costs that are well over $36,000 per year (more than twice my yearly tuition at SUNY Cobleskill). This cost efficient tuition has resulted in less of a loan burden for me to pay absorb in the future. SUNY Cobleskill also provided me with leadership opportunities year after year. From my first day on campus I was able to take leadership roles, that wouldn’t be afforded to me if I was on another campus. – Tristan Massalay-Ellis’10, Small Business Administration 

I chose SUNY Cobleskill because the Wildlife Management program was the best out of all of the wildlife programs I had looked at. The dedication and time that these professors put into their students is remarkable. When I tell students from other schools that my department only has two wildlife and two fisheries professors they are shocked and always wonder how they can do so much on their own. Dr. Losito and Kevin Berner have given me so many opportunities and supported me in every way they can. –Krysten Zummo, current student, Wildlife Management 

I chose SUNY Cobleskill for many different reasons. One reason was because I felt safe and at home. The second reason is because it is a phenomenal school with tons of extracurricular activities and some of the best teachers  in the state. I also love the fact that there is always an option to transfer and the SUNY Cobleskill staff has been more then helpful with my upcoming transition to college. The last reason is because it is in the perfect location for traveling around the state .This year I will be doing a lot of traveling while serving as the New York FFA State Secretary. –Maggie May Smith, current student, Agricultural Business 

Some of the opportunities that I have taken part in while being a student at SUNY Cobleskill are: being a representative of the college at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. This gave me the chance to speak to high school students from all over the nation about what SUNY Cobleskill has to offer, and what the college has done for me. I have been a member of National Post Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) for my three years at SUNY Cobleskill, because of that I went to the National PAS conference for two years. It has helped me meet new people who are strong leaders and love agriculture just as much as I do. –Rebecca Staebner’10, Agricultural Business 

The variety of opportunities available is just one of SUNY Cobleskill’s strongest points. For example, I have yet to have a teacher who isn't willing to spend time with me outside of class, whether it's to help me with a project or just for coffee (Dr. Mazzucco especially). The teachers I've had have all been interested in my studies, my interest, and my plans, and even though it sounds a little cliche, it makes a huge difference. –Ben Kaiser, current student, Computer Science 

SUNY Cobleskill has brought out the best in me. Whether it's on the court or in the classroom, SUNY Cobleskill has made me work hard with everything I do. It has given me the chance to further my skills as a student-athlete. – Damon Franklin, current student, Communication in Technology 


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662