History of the College

Hartwell Hall on the Brockport Campus in The 60's

Founded in 1835, The College at Brockport’s mission is to be an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation.

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As the only comprehensive public institution based in Monroe County, NY, The College at Brockport is part of the 64- campus system of the State University of New York State (SUNY) and is dedicated to building meaningful lives and vibrant communities. The College focuses on educating the whole student by providing rigorous classroom learning, faculty-student engagement in educationally purposeful activities inside and outside of the classroom, and exceptional co-curricular programs and support services.

The College's main campus consists of 464-acres with 74 buildings and structures that, along with athletic playing fields, occupy about one-quarter of the campus. The remaining area is gently rolling open or wooded land. The College mall, which stretches from traditional Hartwell Hall to contemporary high-rise residence halls, is bordered by trees, lawns and modern architecture. Near the midpoint of the mall is Seymour College Union, the center of campus life. In warm weather, the mall itself becomes the hub of activities for students.

The campus has recently undertaken major capital improvements, including a $44 million state of the art Special Events Recreation Center (2012), a renovated science building (2012), the renovation of Lathrop Hall as the new home of the Nursing program (2015) and the $30 million Liberal Arts Building (2014), which combines unique learning spaces, faculty offices, and artwork specifically commissioned for the College. Also on exhibit in the Liberal Arts Building is a large collection of paintings by renowned painter and poet, E.E. Cummings.

The College is committed to playing a significant role in the Greater Rochester region, and will be consolidating its operations at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in fall 2018. The REOC delivers comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development programs and provide support services leading to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, personal growth and development. Following the planned consolidation, the building will also be home to a significant number of the College's graduate programs, including the Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Social Work. The College is a leading partner with the Visual Studies Workshop, also in Rochester, providing MFA programs in a wide variety of artistic fields.

Last Updated 2/16/18

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