Morrisville State College

Morrisville State College
Morrisville State College logo
Established 1908
Type Public
President Richard Carreno (interim)
Undergraduates 3,356
Location Morrisville, NY, United States
Colors Green, Black, Yellow
Mascot Mustang
Affiliations State University of New York

Morrisville State College,[1] formerly the State University of New York at Morrisville or SUNY Morrisville, is a college of the State University of New York. It offers 22 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees at two campuses in Central New York: Morrisville and Norwich. Programs are offered in Agricultural Sciences and Management, Animal and Equine Science, Computer Information Technology and many more.



The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Entrance to Morrisville
"Shop 24" at MSC

Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Agricultural Business Development
  • Automotive Management
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dairy Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Equine Science
  • Horticulture Business Management
  • Human Performance and Health Promotion
  • Information Technology: Application Software Development
  • Information Technology: Electronic Marketing and Publishing
  • Information Technology: End-User Support
  • Information Technology Management
  • Information Technology: Network Administration
  • Information Technology: Web Development
  • Journalism & Communication for Online Media
  • Nursing
  • Renewable Resources Technology
  • Science, Technology & Society
  • Technology Management
  • Technology Management: Resort & Recreation Services

Associate Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science - Dairy
  • Aquaculture and Aquatic Science
  • Architectural Studies and Design
  • Autobody Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET Option)
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design and Drafting Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Early Childhood
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation
  • Equine Racing Management
  • Equine Science and Management
  • Food Service Administration
  • Gaming and Casino Management
  • Health-Related Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Human Services
  • Individual Studies
  • Journalism Studies
  • Landscape Architectural Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Science, Biology Concentration
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Science, Chemistry Concentration
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Science, Mathematics Concentration
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Science, Physics Concentration
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science
  • Massage Therapy
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nursing
  • Office Technology - Information Processing
  • Office Administration - Office Management
  • Office Administration
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Residential Construction
  • Restaurant Management
  • Sports Nutrition and Fitness Management
  • Teacher Education (Transfer)
  • Travel and Tourism: Hospitality Management
  • Wood Products Technology

Certificate Programs

  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Casino Careers Professional Development
  • Office Technology

Campus layout

Whipple Administration Building

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 12 residence halls, split into 4 different locations:

  • The "Iroquois Quad" includes Cayuga, Mohawk, Onondaga, and Oneida halls, and is located in the center of campus.
  • The "Pond Quad" includes Helyar, Fountain View, Stewart, South, and West halls, and is located on the east side of campus. It is named for the Helyar Pond, which is overlooked by the dorms.
  • East Hall, a quiet dorm that consists of small suites of rooms, is located in the northeast corner of the campus.
  • The Morrisville Commons and Morrisville Commons II, suite-style dorms completed in 2006 and 2009 respectively, are on the far south end of campus. The Commons are owned by the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation, rather than Morrisvile State College itself. In the Fall 2007 semester, The commons underwent management changes, and by the Fall 2008 semester was fully a part of Morrisville State College Residence life. Because the Commons and Commons II are not owned by the college, alcohol is allowed in small quantities, and this is the only thing that separates The Commons from the rest of the dorms.

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

  • Bailey Hall, home to the Nursing Program
  • Bicknell Hall, contains a taxidermy museum and classrooms for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program.
  • Brooks Hall, home to the Hospitality Programs, gaming and casino lab, tour agency and the Madison County Tourism Office
  • Charlton Hall, which primarily houses the School of Business.
  • Crawford Hall, containing most of the large lecture halls on campus and the School of Liberal Arts.
  • Galbreath Hall, used mostly by the School of Science and Technology.
  • Marshall Hall, home to the School of Agriculture.
  • Shannon Hall, home to the Massage Therapy Program
  • Wood Technology Building, houses equipment for use in the Wood Technology and Residential Construction programs.

Other highlights include:

  • The Automotive Technology building, which includes classrooms and many large garages for student work in the Automotive program. The Automotive Performance center houses the body shop.
  • The Equine Center, located 3 miles (4.8 km) away from campus, two 100–foot by 200–foot indoor riding arenas and an 80–foot by 264–foot indoor riding arena, as well as two 100–foot by 200–foot outdoor riding arenas. Four horse barns with 180 permanent stalls and numerous paddocks, pastures and turnout areas allow MSC to house over 300 horses on campus. In addition, MSC's equine facilities include of a 34,000-square-foot (3,200 m2) breeding and training facility, a draft and driving horse training facility, four hot walkers, riding trails and a half–mile college harness racing track.
  • The Dairy Complex, Features many state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Morrisville State College. A freestall dairy complex was constructed in 2001. This new dairy facility houses 200 milking cows and is being used for teaching, demonstration, and student projects. It is equipped with an electronically-enhanced milking parlor and student-managed computer system. In addition, two heifer barns were recently constructed along with a new calf barn. These facilities along with a plug-flow anaerobic digester for handling animal waste and producing electrical power provide a tremendous learning environment for MSC students.
  • Horticulture Department, features 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) state-of-the-art greenhouses that feature tempered glass, automatic thermal/ shade curtains, 14 feet (4.3 m) high to the gutters, computer environmental controls, Netafim pressure-compensated irrigation system, semiautomatic photoperiod control area, ebb and flood bench area, tropical foliage collection, hydroponic tomato production area, cut flower production area, orchid breeding stock, hibiscus grafting stock, and our pair of department mascot iguana! Other facilities include a Campus Flowershop and Floral Design Lab, Botany and Tissue Culture Lab, Landscape Design / Architecture Studio with 15 Computer-Aided Design Stations, High Technology Lecture Room, Soils / Production Preparations Area with Custom Root Media Mixing, Campus Arboretum, and Specialized Plants and Planting Areas.
  • The Arboretum has over 100 native species, 5 dedicated environmental laboratories, Aquaculture facility, 800 acres (3.2 km2) of college forest property, Aquatic research vessel and mobile laboratory, Wildlife, fish and natural history museums, High technology forestry instrumentation, State of the art global positioning system (GPS) technology and geographic information system (GIS) software, 16 station natural resources GPS/GIS computer laboratory, On-campus ponds, streams, and natural areas, Heavy equipment including a log skidder, Crane lodge field station, Georgetown educational forest, Old growth forest Area, Owens Farm Wildlife Management Area, Nature trails.[2]
  • Students in hospitality programs have the opportunity to learn and work in a real-world environment in the college’s full-service restaurant, The Copper Turret. Located in the middle of the village of Morrisville, this historic structure was recently renovated to include a wireless classroom, learning kitchen and locker rooms. Students learn theory in class and then are able to use these skills in the restaurant, from buying and pricing food to preparation and serving. This up-close access to a working business is essential in preparing students for careers.[3]
  • Nelson Farms, is Morrisville State College’s small-scale food processing center located 8 miles (13 km) from the college in Nelson, N.Y. It serves New York farmers, small business owners and entrepreneurs in producing, packaging and marketing products. Currently, more than 250 clients produce 500+ products at the facility, with an average of 18,300 units produced per month. Clients’ products are carried in more than 1,000 retail outlets.
  • The Campus also includes a Travel Agency and a Casino Lab for students.
  • Being an agricultural college as well, the school has both a working (and award winning) Dairy of Distinction dairy farm located a short distance from campus and an extensive complex of equine science-related facilities, including a horse-racing track, located a few miles away on a side road.
  • The dormitory buildings are being rehabilitated one dormitory at a time. Windows are replaced, heating systems updated, and other work is being done. At least some of the rooms in the renovated dorms are being converted to "suite style" dorms, with multiple single rooms with common living areas.

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.[4] In the 2011 SGO election the Norwich campus had lots of attention from candidates, after communications between the Norwich SGO and main campus fell apart. Referred to by many students as the "brick wall" when attempting to get in contact with main campus.

Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation

The Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation is a non-profit corporation that provides dining and other services to the Morrisville campus. 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.[5]

The dining areas on campus include:

  • Seneca, located in the center of campus. Seneca features average college dining hall food throughout the day. Students can choose made to order deli sandwiches, hot entrées, soups, vegetables, a salad bar, grill items, and hot specials. Some breakfast items (cereal and toast) are available all day.
  • Mustang Alley is located in the Student Activities Building. There you can purchase a variety of salads, pannis, wraps, sandwiches and soups. Worlds fare rotates through a variety of ethnic choices: Mexican, Asian, Italian and Southern. 3rd Degree Grill offers burgers, Philly steaks, chicken quesadillas, chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, etc. Brick Yard Pizza, where they make their own dough, offers slices and a small pizza. There is also a grab and go section of frozen entrées, Molly's choice ice cream, bottled soda, premade wraps and more.
  • Smooth Jazzy Joz offers a variety of home baked goods, Green Mountain Coffee, smoothies, milk shakes and Molly's choice ice cream made right on campus. It is located in the Student Activities Building, right next to Mustang Alley.
  • Pit Stop, currently located next to Seneca. Offers items similar to a convenience store. A variety of snacks, drinks, baked goods, and candy is available. A daily lunch special is also offered.
  • Stix, located in the campus Ice Plex. Stix provides pizza, subs, and grill items and is the snack bar available for hockey games and other events at the Ice Plex.
  • Norwich Quick Pic, located on the Norwich campus. Quick Pic is a small room with 3 vending machines.
  • A highlight and addition to the campus is a 24-hour vending machine dubbed "Shop24". While the machine is popular in Europe with over 250 in operation, the college was the first college in the United States to adopt it. It offers a refrigerated Automated Convenience Store containing up to 200 products at 34 degrees F. Once cash or Campus card is inserted and products are picked, a robot will fetch and deliver your product.


Considered one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation (in the year 2001) for its ThinkPad program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace all phones in residence halls with individual cellular phones for students.[6]

On June 21, 2007, Morrisville State College announced the world's first large-scale implementation of a draft 802.11n wireless network.[7][8] The "n" radios are scheduled to be deployed in late September, roughly six weeks after the start of the fall semester. In the meantime, the campus will place a/b/g access points across campus.

The campus Computer Services department is currently deploying Lenovo T420 to new students and others that qualify. Windows 7 is currently being deployed as the base operating system. Linux-based tools are primarily used to repair infected Windows machines. The IT department frowns upon Linux being used on campus computers.

Some students wish to use their own laptops rather than those issued by the school. However, the school has many restrictions on this in place to encourage students to buy into the Thinkpad University program.[citation needed]


The New York state senate awarded $4 million for the creation of the New York Center for Liquid Biofuels at Morrisville State College 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.[9]

Anaerobic digestion can minimize odor, generate biogas, and allow more effective nutrient use by crops. To realize the potential energy, environmental, and cost saving benefits of anaerobic digestion, farmers need information to evaluate the energy, labor, land, and equipment costs.[10] sn The anaerobic digester project at SUNY Morrisville involves the design and construction of a hardtop plug-flow digester. The digester will biologically treat dairy manure and other organic waste generated on campus to produce a stable effluent with improved physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. In the system, biogas (about 60% methane) will be produced, captured, and combusted to generate heat and power using a 50 kW engine generator set. A boiler that runs on either biogas or propane will also be used to heat water during the startup phase of the system and anytime the engine generator set is not running.

The methane digester system at SUNY Morrisville was designed by David Palmer at Cow Power, Inc. It is sized to treat manure from over 350 milking cows and generate about 300,000 kWh per year from the recovered biogas. The project is being funded by NYSERDA and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, with additional support through U.S. Representative John McHugh, and from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Office in Golden, Colorado.

The digester project will generate data on the effectiveness of an internal combustion engine for converting biogas to energy; will track and evaluate project data, costs, and benefits; and will be used in Morrisville State College's academic programs to transfer information to others considering anaerobic digestion systems.

Wind energy

In 2003, SUNY Morrisville installed a 10 kW wind turbine at its dairy complex. Power generated by the turbine reduces energy costs at the complex by an average of $100 per month. In addition, the wind turbine is used as a real-world laboratory for students in agricultural science, agricultural engineering and renewable resources degree programs.[11]

At the request of the company which produces the wind turbine, the college is conducting research which compares the wind performance data in the geographical area against the productivity of the windmill.

Local farmers may also take tours of the wind turbine and corresponding equipment and operational data to assist them in determining the feasibility of using a small wind turbine to assist in powering their operations.

Weather station

A fully automated, self-contained weather station has been in operation at Morrisville State College since 2002. The weather station collects weather data which is used in support of various college projects, including alternative energy projects.[12]


  • Morrisville is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III
  • Student Athletes have contributed to MSC's long standing success as an institution and brought home a number of regional and national titles when MSC was a member of the NJCAA rather than NCAA Division III. MSC has also had many student athletes selected for post-season honors and All-Americans. Sports include Basketball, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.
  • Facilities
  • John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities - houses the main gymnasium (capacity 1,200), a state of the art fitness center, an auxiliary equipment/laundry room, athletic department staff offices and additional men's and women's locker rooms.
  • The Fitness Center - features a variety weight training machines, treadmills, steppers, elliptical trainers, free weights, other aerobic machines and a hardwood aerobics room.
  • The IcePlex - houses two regulation-sized rinks and serves as home ice for the men's hockey team. Several community organizations also call the IcePlex home. Within the twin-rink complex are classrooms that provide hand-on training, a first-aid room, 11 locker rooms, offices, a game room, pizza and sub shop and a pro shop. The IcePlex hosts hockey tournaments and hockey camps as well as ice skating shows by the IcePlex Skating Club.
  • The Recreation Center - is an artificial surfaced field house. Along with the full sized turf playing area the facility includes an indoor 200 meter turf track, laundry and equipment room, wresting room, and locker rooms and office for student athletes and coaches.
  • Athletic Training Room - Full-Time athletic trainers are available to athletes for care and prevention of injuries. The New Athletic training room serves athletes daily needs as well as rehabilitative needs following an injury, and is equipped with a variety of whirlpools and strength equipment machines.
  • Hamilton Hall - serves as a facility for intramural activities.
  • Outdoor facilities - The College features six outdoor tennis courts, and many athletic fields for football, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, softball, a beautiful hiking/walking trail, and a recently built athletic stadium was built on Drake Field for all field sports.

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