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SUNY-Fredonia is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Criminal Justice Degree Program at SUNY-Fredonia

SUNY-Fredonia offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program features an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a solid understanding of the major concepts of the criminal justice field, including crime, criminal law and procedure, the juvenile justice system, and police science and security.

The BA in criminal justice program requires the completion of at least 120 credit hours, including general education courses, 18 credit hours of core requirements, six credit hours of statistics-research methods, and 18 credit hours of elective courses. The core courses include introduction to criminal justice, criminal law, criminology, introduction to corrections, and law enforcement policy and practice. Students must also complete a senior seminar. The statistics-research methods sequence includes statistics in the real world, statistics for psychology, and research methods. In the elective courses, students are encouraged to take classes that will assist in developing effective speaking and writing abilities.

Students also have the ability to participate in an internship as part of the program in criminal justice. Various local sponsors offer internship opportunities to students, including local police and sheriff departments, Department of Probation, county district attorney's office, local courts, and victim/witness programs.

The program also strongly encourages students to complete a minor in a related area.

About SUNY-Fredonia

SUNY-Fredonia is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts institution of higher learning residing in Fredonia, New York. The extended name is the State University of New York-Fredonia, and it is a part of the State University of New York system. It was established in 1826 as Fredonia Academy. It soon became a regional center for the training of future teachers. In 1866, the academy was authorized as one of the State of New York's new Normal Schools, and the name changed to Fredonia Normal School. After World War I, the school added liberal arts programs. In 1940, the school granted its first bachelor's degree. The name then changed to Fredonia State Teacher's College. The college became one of the four-year institutions in the State University of New York system in 1948. SUNY-Fredonia was one of the first colleges in the country to establish programs in Sound Recording Technology and Recombinant Gene Technology. The university greatly expanded from 1996 to 2012, adding numerous new structures and more than doubling enrollment. Today, SUNY-Fredonia is home to more than 4,600 students on its rural 256-acre campus, and it uses the semester-based academic calendar.

SUNY-Fredonia's mission is to teach, challenge, and motivate students to become competent, creative, skilled, and responsible professionals in today's dynamic world. It works to achieve its mission through scholarship, community involvement, entrepreneurship, and artistic expression. SUNY-Fredonia is committed to helping students graduate in four years with their bachelor's degree. It prides itself on its a "Fredonia in 4" program that features affordable tuition and committed advisors to help students meet their educational goals and maintain their costs of education.

SUNY-Fredonia offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and 15 master's degrees through the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Music, and School of Business. The most popular majors include business, marketing, management, education, communication, journalism, and speech pathology and audiology. The university also offers a Lifelong Learning program that enables students to take credit and noncredit courses.

The instructors at SUNY-Fredonia are passionate about teaching in various environments. They are committed to helping students succeed, and they engage in creative activities and various research efforts. The student to faculty ratio is 14 to one, with nearly 58 percent of classes with less than 20 students. Notable alumni from SUNY-Fredonia include B.F. Goodrich, James H. McGraw, Brian Frons, Mary McDonnell, Michael Marletta, Karl Holz, Kevin Moore, and Roberta Guaspari.

The U.S. News and World Report ranks SUNY-Fredonia number 50 in its 2019 edition of Regional Universities North. It is also ranked number 12 in Top Public Schools and 65 in Best Value Schools.

SUNY-Fredonia Accreditation Details

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education regionally accredits SUNY-Fredonia to grant bachelor's and master's degrees.

SUNY-Fredonia Application Requirements

SUNY-Fredonia has a rolling admissions policy. It is considered selective, with an acceptance rate of 65 percent of applicants admitted every year. The following materials are needed to complete the application process:


• SUNY Application or Common Application

• Official high school transcript

• Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities

• Official SAT or ACT scores

• Personal essay

• $50 nonrefundable application fee


• SUNY Application

• Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities

• Official graduate level test scores, such as the GRE and GMAT

• Letters of recommendation

• $50 nonrefundable application fee

• Additional requirements for specific programs

Tuition and Financial Aid



• Full-time in-state residents: $6,870 per year

• Full-time out-of-state residents: $16,650 per year


• Full-time in-state residents: $11,090 per year

• Full-time out-of-state residents: $22,650 per year

Financial Aid

SUNY-Fredonia offers numerous financial aid programs to assist students with paying for their higher education, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. Approximately 72 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive need-based financial aid. The average amount is around $6,752.


• President's Award of Excellence

• Fredonia Scholar Award

• Dean's Scholar Award

• Fredonia Promise Award

• Honors Program Scholarship

• Keeper of the Dream Scholarship

• Fredonia Commuter Scholar Award

• President's Out of State Scholar Award

• Alumni Scholarships

• Fredonia Transfer Scholar Award


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

• Federal TEACH Grant


• Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

• Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

• Federal PLUS Loan

• Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study program provides employment for students who show financial need, enabling them to make money to help pay for educational expenses. The program promotes community service to enable students to gain valuable experience. Students are typically paid biweekly at the current minimum wage in New York. Actual pay varies by each unique situation.

The bachelor's degree in criminal justice provides students with a solid foundation in the field to pursue various careers or advanced study. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Fredonia often pursue careers in court system administration, juvenile justice, adult corrections, law enforcement, crime data analysis, rehabilitation, and security.

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