Cayuga County is located in the center of the Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca research triangle.  We are centrally located  within the region of higher ed and research institutions like Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Cornell University.

Colleges & Universities

At the completion of the 2009-2010 school year, over 80% of high school graduates in Cayuga County planned on pursuing higher education. These graduates have many opportunities for learning nearby, whether it is at the two colleges located in Cayuga County or at institutions in neighboring counties.

Wells College

Named to Forbes’ Top College List in 2011, Wells College is a four-year liberal arts college that recently expanded its business program upon the completion of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. The new center includes the Innovation Lab, which mentors students on how to create solutions in any type of business or situation. Once an all-women’s institution, the college now has a coed enrollment of over 550 students studying a variety of subjects.

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Cayuga Community College

Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College provides 1,600 students with degree and certificate programs that are tailored for technical occupations, liberal arts education, or other careers.

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Other Institutions in the Region

There are also a number of quality colleges and universities located throughout the region that provide a range of educational opportunities.

Colleges and Universities near Cayuga County
College Location Website
Syracuse University Syracuse
Le Moyne College Syracuse
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse
SUNY College at Cortland Cortland
SUNY College at Oswego Oswego
New York Chiropractic College Seneca Falls
Cornell University Ithaca
Ithaca College Ithaca
Morrisville State College Morrisville
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
Bryant and Stratton Syracuse/Liverpool
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Syracuse
Crouse Hospital School of Nursing Syracuse
Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden

Those who live in Cayuga County place a high value on education. As a result, residents of the County are highly educated and make up an innovative workforce. From the various public and private K-12 schools to the colleges and universities in the surrounding regions, there are several opportunities for learning.


Cayuga County’s K-12 system produces a high number of graduates each year. Additionally, 85% of the county’s population over 25 years of age has a high school degree, which is higher than both the New York and United States averages. Source: US Census Bureau, 2011

There are twelve public school districts within Cayuga County, as well as numerous private options. While all of the school districts and private schools offer a productive and high quality educational experience, County students also have the opportunity to attend Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). BOCES provides both career and technical education opportunities to juniors and seniors who spend half of the day at their regular high school and the other half at the $41 million, LEED-certified BOCES facility in Aurelius.

With the goal of providing an environment for applied learning to prepare students for the demands of the modern workplace, each program is advised by a committee comprised of industry representatives who help the students find internships and employment upon the completion of the program. These representatives provide their input on the areas of study listed below.

Career and Technical Education Programs at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Program Career Opportunities
Applied Electrical Technology Electrician assistant, industrial maintenance, appliance repair
Auto Body Technology Body shop owner, auto body specialist or technician, claims adjuster
Automotive Technology Automotive technician, service writer, parts clerk
Computer Systems and Network Administration Hardware/software technician, desktop support, network administrator
Construction and Building Trades Construction laborer, contractor, building inspector, estimator
Culinary Arts Cook, professional chef, commercial baker, restaurant owner
Graphic Design and New Media Desktop publishing, illustration, digital photography, videography
Health Related Occupations Home health aide, certified nursing assistant, registered nurse
Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation Diesel mechanic, equipment operator, hydraulics technician
Machining and Welding Machinist, CNC operator, welder, fabricator, steamfitter
Outdoor Power Equipment and Powersports Technology Small engine mechanic, lawnmower mechanic
Plant, Animal and Life Sciences Veterinary medicine, animal nutrition, horticulture, greenhouse management