Finger Lakes Higher Education—Colleges & Universities

The Finger Lakes region is home to some well known and well established colleges and universities offering studies in an array of degree programs. From our two year college - Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) with campus facilities in Canandaigua, Geneva, and Victor to the  prestigious Division 3 Hobart and William Smith Colleges to those that are nearby in Rochester, Syracuse, Geneseo and Ithaca - the Finger Lakes is one college town after another.

Finger Lakes Community College

Originally established in 1965 as Community College of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Community College or FLCC is just east of Canandaigua, with satellite campuses in Victor, Geneva, and Newark.

FLCC also operates several key research properties including the Muller Field Station in Honeoye, East Hill Campus in Naples, the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, and a Victor campus with a technology focus. The FLCC Lakers' Woodsman team is often a contender in national competitions.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Referred to as The Colleges, Hobart and William Smith Colleges were founded as two separate colleges, Hobart for men, in 1822, and William Smith for women, in 1908. Today the colleges operate under a "coordinate college" system, sharing the same campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum while each college maintains its own traditions, deans and student government.

HWS is located in Geneva, with part of the campus right on the shores of Seneca Lake. HWS maintains close ties with Geneva and is a vital part of the local community, giving students better access to a variety of internship and work opportunities and opportunities for travel abroad.

The New York State Agriculture Station in Geneva

For more than 125 years, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva has been committed to developing cutting-edge technologies for New York state's food and agriculture industries. The Ag Station, as locals call it, is part of Cornell University in Ithaca, about an hour's drive from Geneva.

NYSAES has the oldest and largest apple breeding program in the country, and is the birthplace of such popular apple varieties as Empire, Cortland, Jonagold and Macoun.

Today, the Ag Station also serve the state's booming grape, wine and beer industries, bioenergy crop producers, food entrepreneurs, and vegetable growers who want to stay on top of pests and diseases. In addition to the Geneva campus, NYSAES cover more than 700 acres of test plots, orchards and vineyards.


St. John Fisher College

Located in PIttsford, an eastern suburb of Rochester, St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of higher education. St. John Fisher College welcomes students of all backgrounds to its 35 academic majors and 11 pre-professional programs. The college is passionate about civic engagement and community service, having been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching in 2015. This commitment to community gives students a strong foundation in their academic careers and beyond.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

The Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta (a suburb south of Rochester) is one of the Finger Lakes region's largest educational institutions with more than 16,000 students. Founded in 1829, RIT is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. RIT also has international locations in Eastern Europe, Dubai, and China. RIT is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, or NTID, and is a leader in American Sign Language education and studies.

University of Rochester

Though composed of more than 200 academic majors and 2,000 faculty, the University of Rochester, located in Rochester, maintains a relatively low student-to-faculty teacher ratio, 10:1, allowing for personalized instruction at a larger university. The University of Rochester is home to notable technical facilities, such as the Institute of Optics and the Omega Laser Facility, as well as notable institutions in the world of the arts such as the Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery.

Keuka College

Keuka College was founded in 1890 and is located on the shore of Keuka Lake in the central Finger Lakes community of Keuka Park. Keuka College is a private, undergraduate and graduate, residential college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on campus and through its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program and international programs in China and Vietnam.