SUNY Morrisville
TypePublic college
Established1908; 116 years ago (1908)
Parent institution
State University of New York
Endowment$2.3 million (2019)[1]
PresidentDavid E. Rogers[2]
Undergraduates2,486 (Fall 2020) [1]
Location, ,
United States
Campus150 acres (0.61 km2)
ColorsGreen and White

State University of New York at Morrisville (formerly Morrisville State College[3]) or SUNY Morrisville is a public college with two locations in New York, one in Morrisville and one in Norwich. It is part of the State University of New York system. It offers 23 bachelor's degrees,[2] 52 associate degrees, and three certificate programs, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


SUNY Morrisville is located in Central New York, 32 miles (51 km) southeast of Syracuse in the village of Morrisville, New York. Morrisville is adjacent to the towns of Cazenovia, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) to the west, and Hamilton, 8.4 miles (13.5 km) to the east.


The university was initially established in 1908 as the New York State School of Agriculture at Morrisville.[4]


Industrial hemp

SUNY Morrisville was one of the first campuses to hold a license to grow industrial hemp for grain and fiber research applications. This research program is being led by Agronomy professor Dr. Gilbert Jenkins and Morrisville students. While Industrial Hemp is very responsive to nitrogen inputs in terms on increased grain production, at the same time, fiber quality may decrease with high N inputs. We are looking to develop a grain yield response curve for nitrogen fertilization, test a variety of fertilization timing options, and sources of N fertilizer to maximize grain production. Fiber quantity and quality will be measured to determine if it is possible to harvest high quality fiber from a dual purpose crop, or whether nitrogen recommendations are divergent for fiber and grain production purposes.[citation needed]

Recently the college announced the creation of a cannabis industry minor.[5]


SUNY Morrisville Aquatic Science and Aquaculture Program houses a breeding colony of Hippocampus erectus, the lined seahorse, and is currently working on experiments that address larval seahorse health and the conservation of seahorses.


The New York State Senate awarded $4 million for the creation of the New York Center for Liquid Biofuels at SUNY Morrisville with a facility based in Cortland County. The grant for the center will help fund a biodiesel infrastructure in New York State through the construction of an oilseed crushing and biodiesel processing plant and extensive research in the use of biofuels and byproducts.[6]

Weather station

A fully automated, self-contained weather station has been in operation at SUNY Morrisville since 2002. The weather station collects weather data which is used in support of various college projects, including alternative energy projects.[7]


"Shop 24" at SUNY Morrisville
Whipple Administration Building
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Morrisville campus

The Morrisville campus includes over 50 buildings spread across an area adjacent to US 20. The campus is in Morrisville, located in Central New York, about 30 miles (48 km) from both Syracuse and Utica. Morrisville is a small town, however a bus on a major route arrives and departs campus twice each day. The campus is situated on 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land with more than 48 buildings, several athletic fields and 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of college-managed farm and woodland.

This includes twelve residence halls, split into four different locations:

The academic buildings are spread out across the entire campus. They include:

Norwich campus

A branch campus in Norwich, New York offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango area residents and employers.[8]


The SUNY Morrisville athletic teams are called the Mustangs. The university is a member of the NCAA Division III ranks, primarily competing in the United East Conference (UEC; formerly known as the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) until after the 2020–21 school year) since the 2009–10 academic year; while its football team competes in the Empire 8; its women's ice hockey competes in the Northeast Women's Hockey League (NEWHL);[9] and its field hockey and men's ice hockey teams compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC; which they previously competed as a full member from 2007–08 to 2008–09).

SUNY Morrisville competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball; and co-ed sports include hunt seat and Western equestrian.


Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation

The Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation is a non-profit corporation that provides dining and other services to the Morrisville campus and elsewhere including SUNY-ESF.[10] As a separate corporation, it is not bound by the same rules that the state imposes on the SUNY schools themselves, namely it is not bound by the same level of openness that public institutions are required to maintain.[11]

SUNY Syracuse EOC

The Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (SUNY Syracuse EOC) has been administered by SUNY Morrisville since 1973.[12]

Horse drug testing

Since 2010, Morrisville has also been home to the laboratory that tests racehorses for illegal performance enhancing drugs.[13][14]

Notable alumni


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