Hartwick College is a private, independent liberal arts college located in Oneonta, New York. Hartwick College’s heritage dates back to 1797 when Hartwick Seminary was founded through the will of John Christopher Hartwick, a Lutheran minister from Germany who came to the Colonies in 1746 for the purpose of leading mission congregations of early settlers along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. In 1816 the New York State Legislator incorporated the new school as a classical academy and theological seminary. Lutheran leaders decided to add a four-year “college department” to the Seminary in the mid-1920’s and in 1928 Hartwick College opened. Forty years later in 1968, the College left the Lutheran church in an amicable separation and became an independent college.
Academic ProgramsHartwick College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s mission is to be “an engaged community, [which] integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.” Hartwick College offers more than 30 majors which culminate in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Major programs include accounting, anthropology, art, art history, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, environmental chemistry, French, geology and environmental sciences, German, history, information science, mathematics, medical technology, music, music education, nursing, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, and theatre arts. An Individual Student Program (self-designed major) is also offered for students with interests that lie outside of the established majors Hartwick College has to offer.
Hartwick College is also home to a variety of centers, institutes, and historically significant selections which enrich student’s intellectual opportunities and enhance campus life. These include the Amphibian Research Laboratory, Ernest B. Wright Observatory, Pine Lake Institute for Sustainability Studies & Environmental Campus, Stevens-German Library & Paul F. Cooper Jr. Archives, and the Yager Museum of Art & Culture.
Student LifeMore than 1,500 students are enrolled at Hartwick College – all of whom are undergraduates. Approximately three-fourths of students are New York State residents, though representatives from more than 25 states and nearly two dozen foreign nations make up Hartwick College’s student body. The male to female ratio at the College is approximately 40% and 60%, respectively, and nearly 20% of students identify themselves as ALANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native American).
Nearly 80% of students choose to live on-campus in College housing; Hartwick College offers living arrangements in the form of traditional residence halls, suites, and townhouse apartments. A number of students also live on Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, which is located about eight miles away from the main campus. More than 70 special interest student organizations are active on Hartwick College’s campus, including a vibrant Greek life presence. Hartwick College’s athletic teams compete at the NAIA Division III level, and more than 25% of students participate in one or more sports.