Cazenovia College

Type Private
Established 1824
Endowment $32.2 million (2014)[1]
President Ron Chesbrough[2]
Academic staff
154 (54 full-time, 100 part-time)
Undergraduates 1,000
Location Cazenovia, NY, USA
42°55′55″N 75°51′14″W / 42.93203°N 75.8538°W / 42.93203; -75.8538Coordinates: 42°55′55″N 75°51′14″W / 42.93203°N 75.8538°W / 42.93203; -75.8538
Colors Blue and gold          
Athletics NCAA Division III
Sports 16 varsity teams
Nickname Wildcats
Affiliations NEAC

Cazenovia College is a small, independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college, located in Cazenovia, New York. Cazenovia offers a comprehensive liberal arts education with academic and co-curricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their professional fields. Cazenovia College has been named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report for a number of years.


Cazenovia College began in 1824 as the Genesee Seminary. It was sponsored by the Methodist Church but was a non-sectarian institution. It was initially located in the old Madison County Courthouse. Cazenovia was co-educational from its foundation.[3]

Later the institution was known as Cazenovia Seminary. It was known as the Oneida and Genesee Conference Seminary, the Oneida Conference Seminary and the Central New York Conference Seminary over the years. It did not officially adopt the name Cazenovia Seminary until 1894, but the name was at times used from its inception and is often used to refer to it at any time before it became a college.

In 1942 Church sponsorship of Cazenovia was withdrawn, and it was reorganized to include a junior college program as well as the prep school, with the name of Cazenovia Junior College. It then became Cazenovia College for Women in 1961. In 1982 it returned to being co-educational and adopted its present name, although it was not recognized as a bachelor's degree-granting institution until 1988.[3]


Cazenovia College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.

Programs of study

Accounting, Art and Design, Business & Management, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies, Early Childhood Teacher Education, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Studies, Equine Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Human Services, Interior Design, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Photography, Psychology, Social Science, Sport Management, Studio Art, and Visual Communications.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Sciences, and Associate in Science through the Office of Extended Learning.


Art and Design, Business and Management, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Office of Extended Learning.

Notable alumni


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