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Just because you’re enrolling at a polytechnic institute doesn’t mean you have to earn a STEM degree. As a student of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, you just may have decided to earn a degree in a health-related field, or you know that a business degree from this university will be just as valuable as one from any other. Students at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute earn bachelor’s, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, and doctoral degrees focusing on research or scholarship.

Overview of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Students at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute earn bachelor’s, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, and doctoral degrees focusing on research or scholarship.

As you get to know your new home for the next few years, you can make your way out into the small suburb of Utica. There are plenty of interesting things to see and do. SUNY Polytechnic actually has three locations. Two are near Utica and the third is near Schenectady. You’ll also be pretty close to Albany, the capital of New York state.

As a student here, you’ll quickly see that the college’s population isn’t very big, only just over 3,000 students are enrolled each year. You can expect a reasonable student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, which can make discussing classes with your professors much easier, though you might still have to set up office time with them rather than catching them after class.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 57%
Year Founded 1966

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,006


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,463
Female 753

Graduate Student

Male 521
Female 269

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Male 2,263
Female 904


Male 1,607
Female 588

Acceptance Rate69%

Male 71%
Female 65%

Enrollment 415

Male 313
Female 102
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline June 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

For a recent academic year, your total expenses of attendance at SUNY Polytechnic Institute were $24,921 if you lived on-campus and $26,428 if you live off-campus. And, if you were an out-of-state student, your costs were $34,831 on-campus and $36,338 off-campus.

Universities charge all families the same amount, but they are eligible for varying amounts of financial aid based on their income. The average net price, which is the cost of attendance dafter financial aid is applied, means a family earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pays around $11,600. A family earning more than $110,001 pays around $18,990.

If you apply for financial aid, this can take quite a bit of the financial weight off of you and your parents. In a recent academic year, the average remaining money to be paid (average net price) was $14,420.

About 388 freshmen students applying for financial aid received an average award of $7,472 in grants and scholarships. A few less students (382) received institutional grants and scholarships, with their average award being $2,431.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,420
Average Total Aid $7,472
Students Receiving Financial Aid 96%
Room & Board $13,018

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,503
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,413
  • Books and Supplies - $1,400
  • Room & Board - $13,018
  • Other - $2,000


You’re going to make an important decision during your first year of school. Will you stay or will you transfer to a different school? If you stay, the college will include you in a vital percentage known as the retention rate. For SUNY Polytechnic, this is 74%, which is excellent. This statistic lets you know that the majority of students found the classes, the teachers, and even the general school culture worth coming back for in their second year of school.

The 4-year graduation rate is 35% and the 6-year graduation rate is 52%. This is the percentage of first-time students attending full-time who graduate within these time frames. Some students make take longer because they are attending part-time and working, while others may switch majors in the middle of their academic career and need a couple more years to take their remaining major courses.

The five most popular degree programs at SUNY Polytechnic are computer and information sciences and related support services; engineering, engineering technology, and engineering-related fields; business, management, marketing, and related support services; and health professions and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,006

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 112 Total Graduates / 21%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 67 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 34 Graduates
Information Science/Studies 11 Graduates
All Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Majors 96 Total Graduates / 18%
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 43 Graduates
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 30 Graduates
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 18 Graduates
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 5 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 86 Total Graduates / 16%
Engineering, Other 26 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 24 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 16 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 13 Graduates
All Business Majors 75 Total Graduates / 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 47 Graduates
Accounting 28 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 60 Total Graduates / 11%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 44 Graduates
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 16 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 18%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and begin working (depending on your major), you should be able to earn a pretty decent annual salary. Graduate’s early-career salaries average around $52,800 and their mid-career salaries are around $93,700.

The 4-year cost of your education does a lot to determine your eventual return on investment (ROI). This cost is $93,900 on average. After working for 20 years a graduate’s ROI averages around $374,000 after the 4-year cost of education is subtracted.

This differs substantially from what high school graduates who don’t go to college tend to earn. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,800
College Grads Average Salary $69,346
College Grads Mid Career Salary $96,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $693,460
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,657,460
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $57,680
10 Year Projected ROI $635,780
20 Year Projected ROI $1,599,780
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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