Fredonia is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts university in western New York that offers bachelor's and master's degree and advanced certificate programs.
In Fall 2013, the total enrollment is 5,405, with 5,103 undergraduates (97.2% are full time) and 302 graduate students (67.2% are full time).
In 1826, Fredonia, N.Y. residents established a form of higher education beyond the "common school" when they created the Fredonia Academy. Before long, the academy was known as a regional center for teacher-training. One of the era's most notable students was Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, known today as B.F. Goodrich. In 1948, Fredonia became one of the four-year colleges in the newly-created State University of New York system. From 1996 to 2012, tremendous growth took place at Fredonia that included the construction of new buildings and an expansion of enrollment by 25 percent, or 1,000 undergraduates. Graduate enrollment doubled, minority students quadrupled, and international students increased by a factor of 10. A major capital campaign raised nearly $17 million in private funds to support Fredonia.