SUNY Polytechnic Institute

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Former names
Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica (1966-1977); SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (1977-2014)[1]
Type Public
Established June 14, 1966
Endowment US $2.63 million (2011)[1]
President Bahgat Sammakia, Ph.D. (Interim President)
Vice-president Robert E. Geer
Provost William W. Durgin
Academic staff
187 (Fall 2011, Marcy),[1] 50 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
Students 2,917 (Fall 2013, Marcy)[2]
Undergraduates 2,314 (Fall 2013, Marcy),[2] 201 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
Postgraduates 603 (Fall 2013, Marcy),[2] 44 (Fall 2014, CNSE)
138 (Fall 2014, CNSE)[3]
Location Albany and Marcy, New York, United States
43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229Coordinates: 43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229

Suburban, Urban,

762 acres, Marcy campus[4]
Colors Blue, White and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division III, NEAC, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Sports Seven varsity teams
Mascot Wildcat
Affiliations State University of New York

The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, commonly referred to as SUNY Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Poly,[5] is a public research university with campuses in the town of Marcy in the Utica-Rome metropolitan area and Albany, New York. Founded in 1966 using classrooms at a primary school,[6] SUNY Poly is New York's public polytechnic college.[7] The Marcy campus, formerly the SUNY Institute of Technology, has a Utica, New York mailing address and was established in 1987. The Albany campus was formerly a component of the University at Albany, established in January 2003.

SUNY Poly is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[8] The university offers over 30 bachelor's degrees, 15 master's degrees, and three doctoral degrees within five different colleges. SUNY Poly students come from across the state of New York, throughout the United States, and more than twenty other nations. More than 25,000 alumni enjoy successful careers in a wide range of fields.[9]


Originally a graduate and upper-division (transfer) institution, SUNY Poly offered classes in temporary locations throughout Utica and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent Marcy campus in the 1980s.[10] In 2002, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a mission change, enabling SUNY Poly to offer upper-division programs in professional, technological, and applied studies. In 2003, SUNY Poly admitted its first class of freshmen, becoming a four-year institution.[11] This class graduated in May 2007.

The university's name derives from the 2014 merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, formerly a component of the University at Albany. This merger created five colleges within the Institute, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences and Management, the College of Nanoscale Engineering, and the College of Nanoscale Science.

Currently, the university offers programs in the disciplines, engineering, engineering technology, nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, as well as nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus. Other programs and degrees in business administration,[12] technology, nursing, design, professional studies, and the arts and sciences are offered at its Utica campus. The 2014 merger brought the first Ph.D program to the Utica campus in nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering, respectively.[13]



The Marcy campus occupies more than 400 acres, with major buildings, including three residential complexes, surrounded by trees and green landscape. The "west campus" property of more than 300 acres is reserved for the development of the Marcy NanoCenter. Construction and renovation projects totaling $100 million in recent years included a new student center, field house, and residence hall complex—all completed in 2011.

There are two academic halls on campus: William R. Kunsela Hall and James H. Donovan Hall.

Opened in March 2003, the Peter J. Cayan Library is on the southern portion of the campus.

SUNY Poly does not list its Marcy campus on its Employment map.[14]


Notable people who have visited the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering include President Barack Obama[15] and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.[16]

It was announced in September 2015 that the campus would receive a 504-bed dormitory and new campus center, to open in 2018.[17]


In 2014, SUNY Poly was organized into five colleges:


Semiconductors and microchips

The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering operates a pilot scale semiconductor fabrication plant in Albany, NY.


Currently, a US$250–300 million semiconductor manufacturing research facility known as the Computer Chip Commercialization Center or "Quad-C" is being constructed on the Marcy campus.[18] The research facility will host companies including GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH and Lam Research, who will lease space in the building owned by the university. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2015.[19]


Unique to the university, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is building a $750 million, 1.2 million sq. ft. (111,480 m²) solar panel manufacturing facility, to be leased by SolarCity in Buffalo, New York.[20] The facility would be the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere,[21] as well as one of the largest in the world,[21] and would employ over 3,000 workers.[21] The project is expected to be completed by 2016.[21]

The Marcy Nanocenter, a manufacturing facility for microchips and wafer fabrication, is slated to begin construction within 2016. The facility will be directly located across from the Marcy campus of the Institute.

Student life and governance

Residence halls

Oriskany Residence Hall, Marcy campus

Three residence halls are on the Marcy campus, including the oldest, Adirondack Residence Hall, Mohawk Residence Hall, constructed in the late-1990s and located on the northern portion of campus, and Oriskany Residence Hall, completed in 2011.

Students attending the Albany campus reside in a CrestHill Suites in downtown Albany.[22]


SUNY Poly Wildcats logo

SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The current roster of SUNY Poly varsity sports includes baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. SUNY Poly's athletic nickname is the Wildcats.

The Wildcat Field House, completed in 2011, features a state-of-the-art fitness center, two full-sized basketball courts and four volleyball courts, indoor practice facilities for all Wildcat teams, a running track, an expansive training room, team rooms, and offices for the athletics department’s administrative staff and coaches.[23] New athletic fields were also constructed as part of the field house project.

See also


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