Presidential Search: History of the College

SUNY Delhi was initially founded in 1913 as the State School of Agriculture and Domestic Science at Delhi with a mission to stem the migration of young people from the area by preparing them for careers in farming. From its founding to today, the college has a long and proud tradition of applying hands-on education to prepare students to help meet the needs of the region and beyond.

Points in history:

  • In 1933, the college launched the country’s first building construction program to meet the growing need for carpenters and builders.
  • In 1941, the college officially became the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute at Delhi.
  • The college changed names again after World War II, becoming one of the original 14 state colleges and agricultural institutes to form the new State University of New York system. In 1964, “College” replaced “Institute” to make it the New York Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi.
  • In 1961, the college launched the Veterinary Science Technology program, the first of its kind in the US.
  • Baccalaureate degrees were introduced in the early 2000s.

Today, as one of the technology colleges within the public State University of New York system, Delhi focuses on integrating technology and hands-on, career-focused practices into each of its 60+ majors and programs, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in a combination of on-campus and online settings.

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