St. Mary’s School for the Deaf 

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf was established in Buffalo in 1853, as the first academic school for the deaf in the U.S. In 1898 St. Mary’s was relocated from Edward Street to its current location on Main Street. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is dedicated to providing an education that will prepare deaf […]

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Wells College

Wells College was founded in 1868 in Aurora, New York, by Henry Wells. Up until 2005, the college only admitted women. Wells College is a liberal arts college that offers bachelor’s degrees in thirty subject areas. Its average yearly enrollment of around 550 students makes it one of the smallest colleges in New York State. […]

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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester was founded in 1850 by a group of Baptist sponsors. The University’s campus was originally located on West Main Street in downtown, Rochester, New York. In the mid 1920s and due to increasing student enrollment, the University relocated its main campus to its current location, which is two miles south of […]

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University at Buffalo

Founded in 1846, the State University of New York at Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the SUNY system which is comprised of 64 campuses. The University at Buffalo consists of three campuses (North, South and Downtown Bioinformatics Campus). Opened in the early 1970s the University’s North Campus currently has more than […]

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Union College

Union College, a private liberal arts institution, was founded in 1795 in Schenectady, New York. Union College was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. In 1813, Union College became the first comprehensively planned college campus in the nation, and therefore a milestone in the history of […]

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St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University was founded on April 3, 1856, by leaders of the Universalist Church seeking to establish a seminary. Beginning in the 1940s, the original four building campus expanded to include thirty buildings in order to accommodate its growing student population. The University is currently a non-denominational, private institution, which sits on 1,000 acres […]

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SUNY Albany

Founded in 1844, in order to train educators, the Normal School in Albany evolved from a two year program to a four year program in 1890, and eventually became known as the New York State College for Teachers in 1914. In 1962, the college formally became a part of the State University of New York […]

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SUNY Binghamton

The State University of New York at Binghamton was originally a branch of Syracuse University, and it was established in 1946 as Triple Cities College. Students completed their first two years of study at Binghamton, and the next two years were fulfilled at Syracuse University. In 1950, Triple Cities College was incorporated into the State […]

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SUNY Brockport

In 1836, the Baptist Association of Western New York attempted to establish a college in Brockport, New York. After construction commenced, the Baptist Association’s financial difficulties caused contractors to foreclose on the building and grounds. In 1841, forty-five Brockport citizens purchased the foreclosed property. The following year, the same group of citizens founded the Brockport […]

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SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton was founded in 1906, along the banks of the Grasse River in St. Lawrence County, New York, as the School of Agriculture at St. Lawrence University. It was the first post-secondary, two-year College established in New York State. In 1941, the school was renamed the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute. In […]

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SUNY Fredonia

Founded in 1826, the State University of New York College at Fredonia is one of the oldest campuses in the SUNY system, which is comprised of sixty four campuses. After the college was incorporated into the SUNY system in 1948, it began to rapidly increase in size. Located in Chautauqua County (southwest of Buffalo, New […]

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SUNY Geneseo

Founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School, the State University of New York College at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo) became a state liberal arts college in 1948. SUNY Geneseo’s total enrollment is around 5,000 students and is considered to have one of the most rigorous academic programs in the SUNY system. The campus […]

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SUNY Oswego

When the State University of New York College at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) was founded in 1861, it was known as the Oswego Primary Teachers Training School. In its early years, the school was located in the City of Oswego. In 1913, the college relocated to its current location on the shores of Lake Ontario. Today, […]

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SUNY Potsdam

The State University College at Potsdam was founded in 1816, by Benjamin Raymond as St. Lawrence Academy. Initially, the campus was located near Market Street, between Main and Elm Streets, and it consisted of a one-story building. By 1820, student enrollment grew rapidly, and a new building named the North Academy was constructed. In 1835, […]

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Syracuse University

Syracuse University was founded in 1870. The school was initially established as an Episcopalian Institution; since 1920, it has identified itself as a secular university. The school’s main campus is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York and is comprised of 112 buildings. Seventy-seven of the campus’ buildings were built after 1950. […]

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Syracuse VA Medical Center

Established in 1953, the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient medical care to United States military veterans residing in Central and Northern New York. Located on Irving Avenue in Syracuse, New York, the VA Medical Center is a 106-bed hospital. The Syracuse VA Medical Center is the primary referral center for neurosurgery […]

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South Park High School

Established in 1915, South Park High School is a public school in the Buffalo City School District. Located on Southside Parkway in Buffalo, New York, the school serves several neighborhoods in South Buffalo. South Park High School is a four-story, 223,000 square foot building that enrolls around 800 students per year. It offers a full […]

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

When it was originally founded in 1891, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was located in downtown, Rochester, New York, and known as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. In 1961, due to increasing student enrollment and expanded course offerings, RIT’s administration relocated the university’s campus to its current location in Henrietta, New York. Construction […]

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. It was founded as the Rensselaer School in Troy, New York, in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer.  In the 1850s, Rensselaer expanded its objectives, becoming a polytechnic institution. In 1861, the Institute’s name was changed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The college currently enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate […]

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Niagara University

Niagara University was founded as the College and Seminary of Our Lady of Angels in 1856 by the Vincentian Community, a Roman Catholic religious order. In 1883, the university changed its name to Niagara University as more secular areas of study were offered. Located on Lewiston Road in Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara University’s campus […]

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Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College was established in 1961, as part of the State University of New York system. The college was originally located at the former East High School building in Rochester, New York, but in 1968, a new campus was constructed on East Henrietta Road in Brighton, to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of enrolled […]

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SUNY Campuses

Adirondack Community College (Queensbury) University at Albany Alfred State College Binghamton University SUNY Brockport Broome Community College (Binghamton) Buffalo State College SUNY Canton Cayuga Community College (Auburn/Fulton) Clinton Community College (Plattsburgh) SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill Columbia-Greene Community College (Hudson) Corning Community College SUNY Cortland SUNY Delhi Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn) Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie) SUNY Environmental […]

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Maryvale High School

In 1955, Maryvale High School was established as a public high school serving the Maryvale Union Free School District. Located on Maryvale Drive, the high school serves the Maryvale neighborhood in Cheektowaga, New York. Maryvale High School offers a full Regents curriculum, enrolling over 800 students every year. Up until the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials […]

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Hutchinson Technical High School

Hutchinson Technical High School (Hutch Tech) was established in 1904 as Mechanic Arts High School in Buffalo, New York. In 1905, it was renamed Buffalo Technical High School. The school was originally located on Elm Street, but it moved to a new building on Eagle Street in 1914 because of overcrowding. In 1954, the school […]

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, collectively known as the Colleges of the Seneca, are private, liberal arts colleges located in Geneva, New York. Founded in 1822, Hobart College admitted only men. In 1906, William Smith College was founded at the same location as a college for women.  Over time, the colleges began to operate collectively, […]

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Ithaca College

Founded in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College is a liberal arts college offering degrees in over 100 areas of study. The college was originally located in the historic Boardman House. Steady growth in enrollment following World War Two compelled Ithaca College to expand, and a new campus was constructed on South […]

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Kensington High School

Kensington High School was established in 1937 as a project of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. Located on Suffolk Street in Buffalo, New York, the school enrolled around 800 students per year. In 2004, the Buffalo City School District closed Kensington High School, citing poor academic performance and disciplinary problems. Currently, the former […]

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Emerson Vocational School

Emerson Vocational School was located at 1405 Sycamore Avenue in Buffalo, New York. The land for the school was acquired in 1926, and the school was originally established as the Peckham Vocational School until it changed its name to Emerson in 1937. For sixty-two years and before closing its doors in 1999, Emerson educated and […]

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D’Youville College

D’Youville College was established in 1908 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious order. It was the first college in Western New York to award bachelor’s degrees to women. Up until 1971, D’Youville admitted only women. The college currently enrolls about 3,000 students per year, and it awards bachelor’s degrees in […]

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Cornell University

Founded in 1865 by two New York State Senators, Cornell University is one of New York State’s most renowned universities. During the nineteenth century, the university regularly admitted both women and African Americans, and it was well known for the diversity of its student body. Today, the university is recognized around the world as a […]

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Clarkson University

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, was founded in 1896 in memoriam of Thomas S. Clarkson, a local entrepreneur. The University was funded by Clarkson’s three sisters and named the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology. The University was officially named Clarkson University on February 24, 1984. Clarkson University consists of two distinct […]

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Burgard High School

Burgard High School was established in 1910 as the Elm Vocational School, which primarily held printing press classes. Burgard moved to its current location on Kensington Avenue in 1930, when it was renamed in honor of Henry P. Burgard, who donated five acres of land to construct the school. Currently, Burgard High School enrolls about […]

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Amherst Central High School

In 1930, Amherst Central High School (ACHS) was established as a public school. Located in Snyder, New York, Amherst Central High School caters to grades 9-12. Serving Eggertsville, Snyder and a portion of the Village of Williamsville, ACHS is the only high school in the Amherst Central School district system. Today, it has a student population […]

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Batavia School for the Blind a.k.a. New York State School for the Blind

The Batavia School for the Blind was founded in 1868. It was renamed the New York State (NYS) School for the Blind in 1929. The School for the Blind aimed to provide public education for blind children utilizing an adapted curriculum to meet their special needs. Since its inception, the school has grown and evolved […]

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Bennett High School

Bennett High School was established in 1925 as a public school in the Buffalo City School District. It was named for Lewis J. Bennett, who donated the land for the school. Located on Main Street in the University Heights neighborhood, Bennett High School is a four-story, 270,000 square foot building that enrolls around 1,100 students […]

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Alfred University

Alfred University was founded in 1836 as the Alfred Select School. Alfred has practiced a non-discriminatory admissions policy since it was established, and it is the second oldest co-educational institution in the country. With around 2000 students attending, Alfred is a small university. It offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees in a variety of subject areas. […]

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