|Be bold. Be a Viking.
Hudson Valley Community College adopted the Viking identity in the early 1960s after turning to faculty, staff and students to choose a college mascot. An alumna of that era noted the Viking was selected for its willingness to explore and discover.
The college's men's and women's athletic teams embraced the Viking too, and a large fiberglass Viking statue stood at the west end of the college's football field for more than 30 years. The Viking identity was further entrenched on campus with the creation of the Viking Child Care Center, Viking's Cove Bookstore and Viking Video Technologies. Each year, students square off against faculty and staff in the annual Viking Cup softball game while student teams from local high school compete in the Viking Trivia Pursuit Challenge as well.
The Viking was integrated into the college's overarching brand strategy in 2011 to create a unique position for the college. The tagline "Be bold. Be a Viking." was introduced to empower students to feel proud of their decision to attend Hudson Valley and to invite our community to forge their own paths, take on important educational endeavors and discover a personal college experience that's an incredible value.
Hudson Valley Community College serves approximately 13,000 students each semester, and employs more than 650 full- and part-time faculty members. Currently the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region of New York State, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs through its four schools: Business; Engineering & Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. 25 degree and certificates are offered in an online format.
Eight out of ten Hudson Valley students come from the immediate Capital Region, and the rest come from across New York State and many other states and foreign countries. The college ranks 58th (as of the 2013-2014 academic year) among the nation's two-year schools in the number of associate degrees awarded annually, and has more than 75,000 alumni.
Founded in 1953, the college is sponsored by Rensselaer County and is one of 30 community colleges that are part of the State University of New York system. The college is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the Governor (4), the Rensselaer County Legislature (5), and elected from among the student body (1).
The college's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) programs lead to immediate employment in industry, business, government and health agencies. The college's Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) programs prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, the college sponsors a number of certificate programs that can be completed in one year to prepare students for selected occupational specialties.
Hudson Valley has more than 350 transfer agreements
with four-year colleges and universities. More than 150 faculty and staff have earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Hudson Valley also offers Honors Tracks, known as the HonorScholar program
, which includes specialized business and liberal arts curriculums that are designed to prepare students for transfer to higher-level baccalaureate programs. Students who successfully complete the program receive Completion of Honors Study documentation upon graduation.
The college’s Workforce Development Institute
coordinates customized training for many area businesses and government agencies and its Office of Community and Professional Education
offers a wide variety of non-credit and short-term courses that serve a wide range of community and professional needs and interests.
The 120-acre campus provides extensive facilities to support its academic programs
, including the new 100,000-square-foot Science Center
that houses laboratory and classroom space for the college’s science programs and supports degree offerings in biological sciences, biotechnology, physical science and environmental science.
Other facilities on campus include the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
, the recently renovated Marvin Library Learning Commons
, the Teaching Gallery
, the Maureen Stapleton Theatre
, and the McDonough Sports Complex
, a 126,000-square-foot recreational facility that contains a field house and the ice rink.
facility in Malta, which the college opened in 2010, features more than a dozen state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to train the workforce in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including photovoltaic, home energy efficiency, geothermal, alternative fuels and wind energy. Business and Liberal Arts courses are offered at TEC-SMART and also at the college’s extension center in Albany at 175 Central Avenue
. In total, courses are offered at 11 Capital Region locations
- Student Services
- Athletics and Student Activities
For two consecutive years (2011-2012), Hudson Valley has been named one of 120 high-achieving two-year institutions eligible for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
. The eligibility puts the college among the top ten percent of the nation’s best community colleges, according to The Aspen Institute, which offers the $1 million prize.