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Mohawk Valley Community College
Former names
New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Utica, Mohawk Valley Technical Institute
TypePublic community college
Established1946; 76 years ago (1946)
Parent institution
State University of New York
EndowmentUS $3.6 million
PresidentRandall J. VanWagoner
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

43°04′39″N 75°13′03″W / 43.07750°N 75.21750°W / 43.07750; -75.21750Coordinates: 43°04′39″N 75°13′03″W / 43.07750°N 75.21750°W / 43.07750; -75.21750
90 acres (0.36 km2)
ColorsSea green and gray   
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-State Athletic Conference
MascotMo Hawk

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) is a public community college in Oneida County, New York. It is part of the State University of New York system. MVCC was founded in 1946 as the first community college established in New York State and currently consists of the main campus in Utica, N.Y., and a branch campus in Rome, New York It is the largest college between Syracuse, N.Y., and Albany, N.Y.

MVCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 90 areas including liberal arts, nursing, surgical technology, computer science, remotely piloted aircraft systems, graphic design, criminal justice, airframe and power plant technology (aviation maintenance), engineering, culinary arts, and accounting.

MVCC also has non-credit courses available through its Corporate and Community Education Department, including training for security guards, Certified Nurse Assistants, paralegals, and tractor-trailer drivers. This department also has a variety of leisure learning courses and camps for kids throughout the year.


MVCC enrollment grew 25 percent from 2009 to 2012 and 2014 enrollment is 5,277 FTEs (full-time equivalent students). The average age of the students is 25.6 and 76 percent live in Oneida County. Twenty-one percent are minority students.

MVCC enrollment fell 22 percent from 2011 to 2015, and 2015-16 enrollment was 4,800 FTEs (full-time equivalent students). The average age for all students is 21.9, and the average age for full-time matriculated students is 22.7. Male students account for 49 percent of the population, and female students are at 51 percent. Twenty percent are minority students.

The school is served by approximately 132 full-time and 194 part-time faculty members. The full-time staff totals 160, with an additional 173 part-time staff. The student to faculty ratio is 20:1.[2]

Mohawk Valley Community College has been designated by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security as the Regional Resource Center for the Northeast region of the United States.[3]


MVCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and goes through a self-study process every 10 years to maintain this accreditation.[4]

MVCC also has a variety of programs that are accredited individually, including:

International students

MVCC gets exchange and international students from more than 20 countries all over the world, including Japan, Canada, Vietnam, Korea, Brazil, and China. The International Student Services Office assists them by providing an international student orientation, a mentor program, cultural workshops, trips, and events.[5]

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the official international honor society for two-year colleges. MVCC's chapter is Lambda Beta, and has more than 225 members. Eligibility requirements include a 3.5 GPA, the completion of at least 12 credits that count toward a degree, current MVCC enrollment, and adhesion to the moral standards of the society. MVCC's chapter participates in numerous service projects throughout the year with members donating hundreds of hours to the college and the local community.[6]


MVCC has more than 47,000 alumni, and approximately 20,000 of them reside in Central New York.[citation needed]

Student life

Residence life

MVCC Utica Campus; Residence Halls; North Halls
MVCC Utica Campus; Residence Halls; North Halls
MVCC Residence Hall Interior
MVCC Residence Hall Interior

MVCC has five residence halls — Daugherty, Huntington, Penfield, Butterfield, and Bellamy — that together house approximately 500 students. Each hall houses a professional, live-in staff member; a mix of single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms; study areas open 24/7.


All residential students must have a dining plan through MVCC's provider, Sodexo Campus Services. There is a main dining hall, the Snack Bar; a Resident Dining Hall; and Sammie's Sandwich Shop for grab-and-go options.[7]

Student activities

MVCC's co-curricular program is student-directed and -oriented. Students decide on the kinds of clubs, organizations, activities, and special events that happen at MVCC, providing opportunities for intellectual and individual growth; experience in planning events, activities, and programs; fiscal responsibility; and group leadership.

Clubs and organizations

At MVCC, there are many clubs and organizations for students to participate in. Some groups are related to academic majors, others to individual interests, religious, and honor societies. All offer students “hands-on” opportunities and combined with classroom learning, creates a well-rounded college experience for those who chose to participate. There are more than 50 on-campus clubs and organizations, including Student Congress, Criminal Justice Club, Drama Club, International Club, Latino and Black student unions, Psychology Club, Returning Adult Student Association, Strategic Gaming Club, Anime Club (Anime Haven), Student Nurses Organization, and Welders Among the Community.[8]

Events and guest services

The Office of Events and Guest Services at MVCC is split into four key categories, which include the MVCC Box Office (ticketing), MVCC Cultural Series (the college's bi-annual events and entertainment series), Facility Use (facilities rental, conferencing, and event coordination), and Graduation (Spring and Fall Commencement Ceremonies). Events and Guest Services continues to serve as one of the primary links between the community and the college, bringing more than 50,000 guests to the Rome and Utica campuses each year.

More than 60 different off-campus facility users/community organizations use the college's facilities each year, most of which use multiple dates throughout the year, with an approximate attendance of more than 40,000 people.

MVCC's Anime Club hosts an anime convention annually.[9]


MVCC's Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Events Center
MVCC's Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Events Center
MVCC Utica Campus; Fitness Center
MVCC Utica Campus; Fitness Center

MVCC offers individual and team sports for men and women. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

MVCC's athletic teams, known as the “Hawks,” are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). As part of the NJCAA, the Hawks compete in Region III and the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference. The program is administered under the guidelines of a Division III, non-scholarship institution.

Most MVCC coaches are full-time members of the Athletic, Physical Education & Recreation Department.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Mohawk Valley Community College College Profile". Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "About MVCC". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "NSA Northeast Regional Resource Center".
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  5. ^ "International Students".
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  7. ^ "Prospective Students - Residence Life & Housing".
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  9. ^ "Taka-Con at Mohawk Valley Community College". Retrieved October 21, 2019.