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Herkimer County Community College
TypePublic community college
Established1966; 58 years ago (1966)
Parent institution
State University of New York
Officer in ChargeNicholas F. Laino
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

43°02′32″N 75°00′03″W / 43.042296°N 75.000916°W / 43.042296; -75.000916
500 acres (2.0 km2)
ColorsHunter green and gold   
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mountain Valley Athletic Conference
MascotThe Herkimer General

Herkimer County Community College, or Herkimer College since 2014, is a public community college in Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York. It is part of the State University of New York system.


The college was approved by the State University of New York in 1965, and the County Board of Supervisors authorized the college in 1966. The first class, numbering 221 freshmen, entered in the Fall of 1967 at a temporary campus in the Village of Ilion. The temporary campus was the upper floors of the Remington Arms Company. The current, permanent campus came into use in 1971.

In 2014, the college rebranded itself as Herkimer College, although it remains a two-year college.[3]

Herkimer College offers programs leading to associate degrees or certificates in several dozen program areas. The College's Internet Academy offers 20 degrees, three certificates and more than 150 courses, as well as support services, completely online.

Herkimer College began a new A.A.S degree in Esports Management in 2023.[4]

The college had previously partnered with Cazenovia College to offer a bachelor's degrees in "Criminal Justice and Homeland Security" and Inclusive Early Childhood on the Herkimer campus. Cazenovia, however, closed in 2023.


Herkimer's athletic program began with five sports in 1970, under the direction of Tom LaPuma, and has grown to include 19 varsity offerings. With its growth has come great success with 60 NJCAA National Championships, 128 Region III Championships, 169 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference championships, and 31 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards as of Spring 2020.[5]

Herkimer's men's lacrosse team had a lengthy streak of success from the late '80s through the 2000s, winning the national championship in 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2005. At times, several players were Iroquois, believed to be the largest Native American contingent in a collegiate lacrosse team.[6][7]

The Herkimer Generals athletics program has won the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup four times, in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020.[8] The award recognizes Herkimer as first in the nation among two-year non-scholarship athletic programs.

Herkimer College has an esports team competing nationally and the college has an esports arena on campus.[9]

Notable people




  1. ^ "SUNY Fast Facts". State University of New York (SUNY).
  2. ^ "Herkimer County Community College Profile". Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-12. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Tracey, Sara. "'H-triple-C' out, Herkimer College in". Herkimer Times Telegram. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  4. ^ "Herkimer College Announces New Esports Management Degree Program". 2023-02-13. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  5. ^ "About the Athletic Program".
  6. ^ Litsky, Frank (2001-04-19). "PLUS: LACROSSE; Herkimer's Iroquois Connection". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  7. ^ "Lacrosse - About the Program". Herkimer Athletics.
  8. ^ "About the Athletic Program".
  9. ^ "Herkimer College launching a degree program in Esports Management".