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Cazenovia College

Cazenovia, New York

Founded in 1824, Cazenovia College is a small, independent, coeducational college offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and a dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Graduates of Cazenovia College possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed and successful participants in the global community.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,091 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
28% male — 72% female
14% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
58 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 92% live on-campus

School Location

Cazenovia College is located in the heart of the Village of Cazenovia, on the shores of Cazenovia Lake in Central New York. Founded in 1793, the Village is home to shops and restaurants and two historic inns. The College is a 30-minute drive from Syracuse, N.Y.

Retention Fall 2014

73% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)


55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 7%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 13%


Cazenovia College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, participating in women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, cross country, and volleyball; and men’s baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and cross country. In 2004, Cazenovia College joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). In addition to Cazenovia College, the NEAC has 13 other member Colleges from New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C. The College also hosts intercollegiate riding/equestrian teams that compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). The presence of NCAA Division III athletics at Cazenovia College contributes to the vibrancy and sense of community on campus. The College also offers a wide range of intramural and club sport opportunities.

Academic Programs

Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies, English, Environmental Biology, Fashion Design, Human Services: Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Human Services: Children and Youth, Human Services: Counseling/Mental Health, Human Services: Generalist, Inclusive Adolescence Education: Biology 7-12, Inclusive Adolescence Education: English 7-12, Inclusive Adolescence Education: Social Studies 7-12, Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Elementary Education, Interior Design, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Management: Accounting, Management: Business Management, Management: Equine Business Management, Management: Fashion Merchandising, Management: Health Care Management, Management: Sport Management, Psychology, Social Science, Studio Art, Studio Art: Photography, Visual Communications, Visual Communications: Advertising Design, Visual Communications: Graphic Design, Visual Communications: Illustration/Animation, Visual Communications: Web and Interactive Design

More Distinctions

  • Named one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for ten straight years. In 2013, Cazenovia College was also named a U.S. News & World Report Best Value College, specifically recognized for offering its students the best value.

Cazenovia College students actively prepare to become educated, involved, and productive citizens and leaders in the global community. A unique combination of traditional liberal arts and professionally oriented programs with experiential learning, small classes, and low faculty-to-student ratios provide an exceptional learning environment. All students experience a push that fosters discussion and active engagement in the learning process.

Semester Abroad in England

Students are encouraged to experience the world by taking advantage of the College’s collaborative relationship with Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom. Cazenovia’s Study Abroad Program affords students the opportunity to live in England and attend Canterbury Christ Church University. Through the program, students live and study with their British counterparts and students from many other nations.

Dedication to Community Service

Cazenovia College students are dedicated to serving the campus and greater community. A sampling of local and national projects in which students have been involved include:

  • Adopt a Highway Program
  • Humanitarian trips via the Alternative Breaks @ Caz Club to New Orleans, Ghana, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador
  • Raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Association
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Anti-Bullying initiatives
  • Various walks in such events as the “Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk” and the “Light the Night Walk” in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Teaching at Cazenovia College is about providing an exceptional undergraduate baccalaureate experience while imparting life-long skills for success. An environment that fosters discussion and promotes bonding with faculty is the hallmark of a Cazenovia College education.

Active Professors

With an average class size of only 15 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, professors really get to know students. A majority of alumni surveyed within the last 5 years say that their interaction with faculty members contributed to an overall successful college experience.

Faculty members are professionals in their fields who work to engage students to the fullest.  At Cazenovia College, professors care about helping students learn to think for themselves.

First Year Program

Cazenovia’s First Year Program helps students successfully transition from high school to college by fully integrating incoming freshman into the academic community.  Hallmarks of the First Year Program include First Year Seminars that engage students through intensive small-group study and Living Learning Communities where students study, play, live, and learn within a supported community.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is a unique facility staffed with both professional educators and students who provide service to those who need extra help in their college work. Assistance developing writing, reading, mathematics, and study skills are available at The Center for Teaching and Learning. One-on-one and small-group tutoring is also available at the Center.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

Cazenovia professors often expand their teaching by taking learning outside of the classroom by presenting at conferences on campus, organizing field trips, offering study abroad opportunities, or sharing the expertise they’ve gained through their own professional endeavors.

Below are some examples of the wealth of knowledge and experience that Cazenovia College faculty members are able to share with their students, serving to broaden and enrich their learning experience.

  • Barbara Hager, professor of biology, brings to Cazenovia College many years of experience in field research and instruction. Courses she teaches include general biology, genetics, zoology, and animal behavior. Her favorite fields of study are behavioral ecology and entomology, with a special interest in dragonflies and solitary wasps and bees. Dr. Hager recently questioned the campus community by asking Who was Jonas Salk? What is his legacy to the world? Whose shoulders did he rest upon? Why is an entomologist/behavioral ecologist talking about this subject? And just what does Edgar Allen Poe have to do with all of this? Dr. Hager discussed the answers to these questions and more in a brief survey of the history of vaccine development and application.
  • Scott Jensen, assistant professor of visual communications at Cazenovia College, is also the head of Jensen Creative in Hobart, N.Y. His familiarity with the area surrounding Stamford, N.Y., just north of his home, gave him an edge in creating a logo for Headwaters Trails, which was an award-winner in the 2012 American Graphic Design Awards. The American Graphic Design Awards are presented annually by Graphic Design USA, a leading trade magazine for the graphic design field. Jensen’s winning design was featured in the Graphic Design USA Awards Annual. Jensen says, “One of the strengths of the professional programs at Cazenovia College is that students are able to learn from professors who practice what they teach. I enjoyed this project as a successful solution for my client, but the lessons learned from doing it will also add value to my classroom.”
  • Stewart L. Weisman is chair of the Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and associate professor of Criminal Justice & Homeland Security Studies at Cazenovia College. As an academician, Weisman is interested in crime causation, and lectures frequently at continuing legal education seminars. His review of Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D., Neurologist and Psychiatrist, Founder of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis offered a close look at Frankl’s best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning- a first person account of his experiences in a concentration camp during WWII.  According to Professor Weisman, Frankl’s psychotherapy, based on applied existentialism, is credited with saving fellow inmates from suicide.

Cazenovia is a close-knit, residential learning community where campus life offers a wide array of intellectual and recreational opportunities. Events, sports teams, clubs and organizations, community service, and cultural events ensure that there is always something to do.


Cazenovia College is located in Madison County’s historic lakeside Village of Cazenovia. It is a scenic byway commonly referred to as America’s Main Street or the road across America which, before the advent of the Erie Canal, was the major transportation artery across New York State.

In Cazenovia, a variety of restaurants, all within walking distance of the campus, offer casual and fine dining as well as coffee, pizza, and subs. Quaint shops, galleries and offices line Albany St., providing all the goods and services necessary to college students. East of Cazenovia is New York’s Central New York and Capital Regions, which evoke the state’s pioneer history. To the west, the City of Syracuse provides opportunities for social and cultural events. Beyond Syracuse is the Finger Lakes Region, the foothills of the Adirondacks, and the rolling hills of New York’s farm country.

Lecture Series

The College hosts a number of lectures and conferences designed to facilitate and complement student learning. One example is the Reisman Lecture Series, which features thoughtful discourse on topics surrounding contemporary societal issues by authors and scholars, leading public figures and experts from business and the professions. The Reisman Lectures have featured Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalists from the St. Petersburg Times, a Nobel Prize-winning Chemist, and the CEO and President of the Humane Society.

Residence Life

More than 90% of all full-time students live on-campus, facilitating student interaction and a lively residential learning community. Campus living environments include traditional residence halls, suites, living-learning communities, and apartments.

Student Activities

Collaboration between academic programs and the Division of Student Life link classroom and experiential learning. Additionally, the 67 student organizations and clubs at Cazenovia provide a diverse range of student activities. Co-curricular and leadership programs help students discover and tap into their interests and passions.


30% of Cazenovia College students are student-athletes. The College competes in NCAA Division III sports and offers a wide range of intramural and club sports. Student-athletes have more opportunities than ever to compete in the sports they love.

Prepared for Everything

Cazenovia’s combination of liberal and professional education provides excellent preparation for real-world success. Cazenovia graduates possess the high-level abilities of analysis, communication, and ethics that are required for active, responsible participation in both public and private life.

Connecting theory with insights gained from practice, Cazenovia College alumni are able to solve concrete problems in the world around them. With skills that are transferable from discipline to discipline, career to career, and one environment to another, Cazenovia graduates possess the abilities to work in their chosen fields as well as fields not yet imagined.

Career Services

Career Services assists students in choosing a career path, planning and preparing for internships, preparing for the professional workforce, and planning for graduate school. Students are encouraged to begin a relationship with Career Services as a first year student and continue through graduation and beyond. Cazenovia College is committed to helping students and alumni succeed at every stage of professional development. The Career Services office fosters meaningful partnerships with employers to support the career and life development of students and alumni.

Extensive Internship Opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities are part of the curriculum at Cazenovia College. Successful completion of an internship is a graduation requirement for most Cazenovia College majors. Last year, 95% of all graduating seniors completed at least one internship as part of their Cazenovia College education. Cazenovia College students have held internships at a variety of sites including Betsey Johnson Collection, Bloomingdales, Boys and Girls Club, Cooperstown Dreams Park, Corning Museum of Glass, Duane Reade, Eric Mower and Associates, Glamour Magazine, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kentucky Equine Research, Late Show with David Letterman, Liz Claiborne, Lockheed Martin, Macy’s, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Bureau of Crime Statistics (DC), National Geographic, New York City Ballet, New York State Police, Nike, Rachael Ray Show, QVC, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Seventeen Magazine, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Tommy Hilfiger, US Department of Agriculture, US Marshals, US Weekly, USA Today, Walt Disney World, Washington Internship Institute, and Zac Posen.

Senior Capstone

Student-driven research is standard at Cazenovia College. Each major requires a Senior Capstone course in which students design and conduct a research project on a topic of interest to them. The Senior Capstone is a culmination of students’ work both within the major and the general education program.

Alumni Success

Cazenovia graduates successfully find employment in their fields of study and gain entrance to graduate schools. One-third of Cazenovia graduates attend graduate school within five years of graduation. 85% of graduates are employed or pursuing graduate degrees within a year of graduation. Distinguished Cazenovia College alumni include:

  • Dr. Azam Niroomand-Rad, retired professor and director of clinical physics, Georgetown University Medical Center, and recipient of the International Organization for Medical Physics’ Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award in 2009
  • Melissa Klish Dino, a nine-time Emmy award winning producer for Sesame Street
  • Nathaniel Bull, an Emmy Award winner for a 60-second PBS advertisement
  • Honorable Catherine Bartlett, judge of the New York State Court of Claims
  • Dr. Rebecca Orendorff, doctor of family medicine, Duke Health System
  • Ashley Kirchbaum, fashion merchandiser for Isle Apparel in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Eric Brown, vice president and partner, Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management Group
  • Debbie Hecht Stephens, former U.S. Equestrian Team rider and owner of Centennial Farm
  • Kim Faris Weimer, member of the Radio/Television Hall of Fame of Ohio, and Dayton (Ohio) Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Michael Flannery, president and owner, Redwood Partners, Ltd. – an international executive search and venture capital firm
  • Tekla Dennison Miller, author, former prison warden and first female probation officer in the Michigan Circuit Court
  • Major Dorion Germany, attorney, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • Leland Stanford, former governor of California and founder of Stanford University
  • Philip Armour, founder of Armour Meatpacking Company
  • Singer/songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen.



2,382 Total Applicants
1,815 Total Admissions
265 Total Freshmen Enrollment

76.20% of applicants admitted


Choosing the right college is one of life’s most important decisions. A personal interview and campus visit are the best ways to learn about Cazenovia College and gain the first-hand knowledge necessary to make the best college decision. Visiting provides an opportunity to tour campus facilities, meet with an Admissions/Financial Aid Counselor and talk with students, faculty and staff. To arrange for a campus visit and interview, contact the Admissions Office by calling 1.800.654.3210 or 315.655.7208 or e-mail the Admissions Office at

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Official high school transcript 
  • Writing sample
  • Teacher/Faculty Recommendation
  • Application Fee of $30 (waived if application completed online)
  • Official ACT or SAT test scores (recommended)
  • Online application available at:


Cazenovia accepts the Common Application, and students can apply online via the Cazenovia website or the Common Application website.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $30,028
Fees $532
Total $30,560
Room and Board (on campus) $12,904
Room Only $6,920
Board Only $5,984
Estimated Total On Campus $43,464


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
86% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$25,599 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,128 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


Cazenovia College has a comprehensive scholarship program reflecting their belief that outstanding candidates for freshman admission should be rewarded for their academic accomplishments on a basis other than financial need. All freshman applicants to any one of Cazenovia’s Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies or Bachelor of Science degree programs are automatically considered for these scholarships on the basis of their high school records. No additional scholarship application materials are required. The Academic Achievement Award program at Cazenovia College offers the following academic scholarships to new freshman students:

Presidential Scholars Award*
Who Qualifies:  High school or preparatory school students who have achieved academic excellence and are in the top 1% of their secondary school graduating class.
Value:  Full tuition scholarship for 4 consecutive years
Renewable:  Recipients must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average

Trustees Scholarship*
Who Qualifies:  Selection is based on academic average, rank in class and test scores.  Awarded to students who have exhibited extraordinary academic qualities while in secondary school.  Priority is given to students in the top 5% of their secondary school graduating class.
Value:  $25,500 per year for 4 consecutive years
Renewable:  Recipients must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average

1824 Scholarship*
Who Qualifies:  Selection is based on academic average, rank in class, and test scores. Awarded to students who have exhibited extraordinary academic qualities while in secondary school. Priority is given to students in the top 15% of their secondary school graduating class.
Value:  $22,000 per year for 4 consecutive years
Renewable:  Recipients must maintain a 2.9 or higher cumulative grade point average

Founders Scholarship*
Who Qualifies: Selection is based on academic average, rank in class, and test scores. Awarded to new students who have exhibited superior academic qualities while in secondary school.
Value:  $20,500 per year for 4 consecutive years
Renewable:  Recipients must maintain a 2.8 or higher cumulative grade point average

Dean’s Leadership Award*
Who Qualifies:  Offered to academically successful students with records of outstanding contributions in school, religious, or community activities as determined by the Dean for Enrollment Management.
Value:  $19,000 per year for 4 consecutive years
Renewable:  Recipients must maintain a 2.7 or higher cumulative grade point average

*Cazenovia College is a residential college. All recipients of Academic Achievement Awards are required to live on campus as a provision of these scholarships. Recipients must also maintain full-time status in a baccalaureate track program. Students eligible for tuition benefits through Cazenovia College, another institution or agency may not qualify or the scholarship may be reduced. Recipient qualifications are subject to change.

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