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Cazenovia College Seal.jpg
TypePrivate college
Established1824; 198 years ago (1824)
Endowment$32.2 million (2014)[1]
PresidentDavid Bergh
Academic staff
154 (54 full-time, 100 part-time)
Students800 (Fall 2020)[2]
Undergraduates775 (Fall 2020)[2]
Postgraduates25 (Fall 2020)[2]
Location, ,

42°55′55″N 75°51′14″W / 42.9320°N 75.8538°W / 42.9320; -75.8538Coordinates: 42°55′55″N 75°51′14″W / 42.9320°N 75.8538°W / 42.9320; -75.8538
Colors   Blue & gold
Sporting affiliations
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Cazenovia College is a private college in Cazenovia, New York.


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] The seminary was created at the instigation of George Peck and several other prominent clergymen in the area. In 1839, the seminary initiated a three year course, as it was called, which was focused at the education of women. The seminary also had a missionary course, and in 1843 Sophronia Farrington (class of 1828) went out as the first female missionary to Africa, under the auspices of the Young Men's Missionary Society of Boston. This was the earliest foreign mission established by the Methodist Episcopal Church.[4]

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In 1942 church sponsorship of Cazenovia was withdrawn and it was reorganized to include a junior college program as well as the prep school with the name of Cazenovia Junior College.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] In 2019 it began its first graduate program, a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Hubbard Hall
Hubbard Hall


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

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2015-05-10.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Cazenovia College #13 in Regional Colleges North (tie) • Cazenovia, NY". US News. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "History of Cazenovia College". Cazenovia College.
  4. ^ First Fifty years of Cazenovia Seminary, 1825-1875: The Missionary Cohort. Accessed 26 August 2009.
  5. ^ "McDonald, William Calhoun". New Mexico State Record Center and Archives. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-07-14.