SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Summer Session 2011SUNY Canton will offer its largest Summer Session to date and one of the most extensive in New York beginning in May.

The College will offer more than 150 courses with most being offered online but some being offered on campus. Summer Session begins May 31 and concludes August 5 and consists of five sessions where all courses offered are 15-week courses condensed into smaller time frames. The College offers five sessions to allow students to fit in several courses throughout the summer.

“The State University of New York wants campuses to offer general education requirements year-round, something SUNY Canton has been doing for several years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have the experience and are well-equipped to handle another year of record-breaking Summer Session enrollments and offer a quality education, all while better serving the entire SUNY community.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, that fulfill certain major requirements across the entire SUNY system have been in the highest demand each of the past several years.

“We work to make these courses easily transferable to a student’s home institution,” said SUNY Canton’s OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We anticipate these core courses, as well as our other career-driven course offerings, will fill up quickly.”

In 2010, The College saw a 47 percent increase from the year before with nearly 1,300 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown nearly 300 percent. Part of that success stems from an increase of online courses being offered through the College.

“One of the best parts about our summer offerings is that students can take classes from anywhere,” Brown said. “Because we offer the vast majority of our courses fully online, students don’t need to change their plans or find ways to travel to campus every day. With fuel and transportation costs rising, being able to take courses from home is not only convenient and affordable, but it also keeps more money in the student’s pocket.”

Brown notes another highlight of Summer Session is that it meets the demands and needs of more than just college students. “High school graduates and high school students who meet the course’s prerequisite requirements are also taking the opportunity to prepare them for work at the college level. We also work with students from various curriculums who are transitioning into a new career and are finding it necessary to continue their education.”

Course registration will open on Monday, April 25 and conclude on the first day of classes of each session. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs. For more information or to register, visit

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