Finger Lakes Community College
MottoSuccess. It's in Our Nature.
TypePublic community college
Established1965; 57 years ago (1965)
Parent institution
State University of New York
Academic affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-State Athletic Conference, National Collegiate Honors Council
PresidentRobert K. Nye
Academic staff
342 [1]

42°52′21″N 77°14′34″W / 42.8724°N 77.2429°W / 42.8724; -77.2429Coordinates: 42°52′21″N 77°14′34″W / 42.8724°N 77.2429°W / 42.8724; -77.2429
250 acres (1.0 km2)
Colors   Blue and green
MascotFlick the Lake Monster

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) is a public community college in Canandaigua, New York. It is affiliated with the State University of New York and sponsored by Ontario County. The main campus is just east of the City of Canandaigua, with additional campus centers in Victor, Geneva, and Newark to serve the needs of Ontario County, Wayne County, Yates County and Seneca County in the Finger Lakes region of New York.


The original concrete main section with the Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in the background
The original concrete main section with the Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in the background
Construction of the new student life center and cafeteria
Construction of the new student life center and cafeteria

Finger Lakes Community College was established in 1965 and opened in 1967 as the Community College of the Finger Lakes (CCFL) in a storefront "campus" in Canandaigua, NY. The college now rests on 250 acres (1.0 km2) of park-like land just outside Canandaigua, and is home to the Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). The college now has affiliated housing in the 356 bed Suites at Laker Landing, adjacent to the campus. In Fall 2010, FLCC's headcount enrollment was 6,935 the highest in its history.

In July 2009, FLCC received a $1 Million gift from Constellation Brands and the Sands Family, the largest gift in the school's history. The main road leading to the campus was renamed Marvin Sands Drive in honor of Marvin Sands, the Sands' family patriarch and the Sands' family's dedication to FLCC and the region. In Fall 2009, FLCC named another "loop" road, connecting Marvin Sands Drive and "D" parking lot, Laker Lane after the college's athletic teams.


Construction of the Student Life Center began in early 2010; and opened in spring of 2012. The new building is 78,000 square feet (7,200 m2) and is a LEED certified green building housing the new 400-seat cafeteria, One-Stop (enrollment services) center, and bookstore, as well as the college's first auditorium (not including the CMAC), which seats 410. The upper floors of the original building have been renovated into classrooms and music recording technology spaces as part of the approximately $45 million project.[2]

Enrollment in 2015 was 6,761,.[3][4]


FLCC's distinctive dormitories
FLCC's distinctive dormitories
Presidents of the college
Name Title Tenure
Roy I. Satre President 1967 – August 3, 1971
Charles J. Meder Interim president
August 1971 – June 1972
June 1972 – July 1992
Daniel T. Hayes President July 1992 – June 2007
Barbara G. Risser President August 2007 - August 2016
Robert K. Nye President July 1, 2016 – present°


Academic complex courtyard
Academic complex courtyard

FLCC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National League for Nursing. All programs of instruction are registered with the Office of Higher Education of the New York State Education department.[3]

FLCC's Geneva Campus
FLCC's Geneva Campus

Finger Lakes Community College also operates the Muller Field Station at the southern end of Honeoye Lake which serves as an outdoor education facility, the East Hill Campus, in Naples, New York, site of the college's Wildland Fire Suppression Program, and the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, New York.


The Lakers are a non-scholarship member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Division III, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference, Finger Lakes Community College competes against two-year institutions throughout the state.

Teams compete in:

Intercollegiate Woodsmen competition requires the same serious conditioning and development of team play essential for any sport. The co-educational woodsmen squad was established at Finger Lakes Community College in 1974. Since 1982, the women's team has earned 11 championship titles and the men have earned 13, more than any other school in the fifty-two-year history of the sport. In Woodsmen competition the FLCC Team competes against both two- and four-year colleges and universities.


  1. ^ "Finger Lakes Community College Profile". Peterson's. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  2. ^ Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "FLCC Fast Facts". Finger Lakes Community College. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  4. ^ "FLCC Enrollment up by Double Digits". FLCC CAMPUS NEWS. Hopewell, New York: Finger Lakes Community College. 2009-08-31. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.