State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Former names
Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica (1966–1977)
State University of New York College of Technology at Utica-Rome (1977–1989)
State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome (1989–2014)
TypePublic university
EstablishedJune 14, 1966; 58 years ago (1966-06-14)
Parent institution
State University of New York
EndowmentUS $11.9 million (2022; Unaudited)[1]
ProvostAndrew Russell
PresidentWinston (Wole) Soboyejo[2]
Academic staff
290 (fall 2018)[3]
62 (fall 2019)[5]

43°08′02″N 75°13′44″W / 43.134°N 75.229°W / 43.134; -75.229
CampusSuburban, urban, 762 acres (308 ha), Marcy campus[6]
Colors    Blue, white, gold[citation needed]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III, NAC
MascotWalter T. Wildcat

The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Poly[7]) is a public university in Marcy, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Established in 1966 using classrooms at a primary school,[8] what became SUNY Poly is New York's public polytechnic college.[9] The college, formerly the SUNY Institute of Technology, has a Utica, New York mailing address and was established in 1987.

SUNY Poly is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university offers over 25 bachelor's degrees, 18 graduate level degrees, and five doctoral degrees within four different colleges. SUNY Poly students come from across the state of New York, throughout the United States, and more than twenty other nations, with more than 25,000 alumni.[10]


SUNY Poly was initially established in 1966 as a graduate and upper-division (transfer) institution in 1966 known as the Upper Division College at Herkimer/Rome/Utica. At that time, the school offered classes in temporary locations throughout Utica and at extension sites for several years until the first buildings were constructed on the permanent Marcy campus in the 1980s.[11] After a decade of growing enrollment, the school took on a new name in 1977, the State University of New York College of Technology at Utica-Rome. A decade later, in 1987, the school finally moved to its present location in Marcy and, two years later in 1989, changed its names again, becoming the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome.[12]

In 2002, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a mission change, enabling SUNY Poly to offer upper-division programs in professional, technological, and applied studies. In 2003, SUNY Poly admitted its first class of freshmen, becoming a four-year institution.[13] This class graduated in May 2007.

The university's current name, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, derives from the 2014 merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, a component of the University at Albany. This merger created five colleges within the institute, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Business Management, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The university offers programs in the disciplines of engineering, engineering technology, and other programs and degrees in business administration,[14] technology, nursing, design, professional studies, and the arts and sciences at its Utica campus, and nanoscale science, nanoscale engineering, as well as nanobioscience programs.

In 2017, the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY) allowed the opening of Park NanoScience Center which was initiated by Park Systems Corporation, a South Korean Nanometrology company.[15]

In August 2023, The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), was transferred back under the University of Albany's umbrella of colleges.


The college campus occupies more than 400 acres, with major buildings, including four residential complexes, surrounded by trees and green landscape. The "west campus" property of more than 300 acres is reserved for the development of the Marcy NanoCenter. Construction and renovation projects totaling $100 million in recent years included a new student center, field house, and residence hall complex—all completed in 2011.

There are two academic halls on campus: William R. Kunsela Hall and James H. Donovan Hall. Opened in March 2003, the Peter J. Cayan Library is on the southern portion of the campus.


SUNY Poly is organized into four colleges:

Residence halls

Oriskany Residence Hall

Four residence halls are on the college campus, including the oldest, Adirondack Residence Hall, Mohawk Residence Hall, constructed in the late-1990s and located on the northern portion of campus, Oriskany Residence Hall, completed in 2011, and Hilltop residence Hall, completed in 2020. In 2019, SUNY Poly broke ground on its next residence hall, opened in the fall 2020 semester. The residence hall is designed to be “zero-net, carbon certified,” exceeding existing energy codes with the infrastructure to add future on-site renewable energy production systems. Once these systems are installed, the building will use equal to or less than the energy annually it can produce on-site through renewable resources.[16]


SUNY Poly is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the North Atlantic Conference (formerly known as the North Eastern Athletic Conference, or NEAC). The current roster of SUNY Poly varsity sports includes baseball, softball, and men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and golf. SUNY Poly's athletic nickname is the Wildcats.

The Wildcat Field House, completed in 2011, features a state-of-the-art fitness center, two full-sized basketball courts and four volleyball courts, indoor practice facilities for all Wildcat teams, a running track, an expansive training room, team rooms, and offices for the athletics department's administrative staff and coaches.[17] A new multi-sport turf field, new baseball field, and an updated softball field were also constructed as part of the Wildcat Field House project. The SUNY Poly basketball teams play their home contests in the Campus Center Gym. The "CC" was completed in the early 1980s as the original home for Wildcat Athletics. Upon the completion of the Wildcat Field House, the Campus Center was retrofitted to be used solely for basketball. The most recent update to the gym was in 2016 when the scoreboard was updated and the floor and paint were refinished to match the current team identity. In the 2020-21 season, the Wildcats changed conferences, transitioning from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).[18]


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