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Hartwick College – Oneonta, New York

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets –

“You haven’t heard much about Oneonta, New York?   Possibly you have made the pilgrimage to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, or to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, or the Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer.  If so, you’ve been in what is known as the “Leatherstocking Region,” of New York State, just north of the Catskill Mountains, and only moments from Oneonta, a village of about 13,000 roughly 250 miles north of New York City.  The term, “Leatherstocking Region,” comes from the stories of James Fennimore Cooper, whose home was, oddly enough, in Cooperstown, and whose focus was often on the region described in his “Leatherstocking Tales.”

The region is beautiful; Oneonta means, “city of hills,” and the setting for a college town could hardly be more pleasant.  The campus is literally built into the side of one of the hills and enjoys a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River Valley.  Should the exceptional campus not provide scenic richness enough, an extraordinary resource is found at their Pine Lake Environmental campus, about eight miles out of town.

Hartwick is a happy college of about 1500 men and women, grounded in the liberal arts, but also providing very strong programs in nursing, biological sciences, and environmental sciences.  The ways in which colleges describe themselves is often more smoke than substance, but in Hartwick’s case, its intentions are borne out by its many fine programs and by its consistent support of its essential principles…”

Look for the full profile of Hartwick in America’s Best Kept College Secrets.



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