Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY

Keuka College

Who We Are

Believe in What We Can Do Together

Since its founding in 1890 as a spiritually centered college of liberal arts and practical learning, Keuka College has graduated generations of humanists and scientists, contributive citizens and caring leaders: women and men energetically engaged in the art of leading productive and fulfilling lives. Keuka College students are chosen for reasons of ability and character, and during their Keuka College years, they develop those abilities, discover others they did not know they had, and take responsibility not only of the course of their educations, but the pursuit of their own happiness.

The faculty and staff of the College work together in the spirit of fellowship and shared endeavor to provide an intellectually and experientially explorative, responsive and effective 21st century education one rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, committed to pre-professional preparation in the classroom and out in the field, and focused on developing in each student the cultural, historical and computational literacy necessary to achieve personal success in a world eager for people able to think both critically and creatively.

Keuka College is a warm, welcoming and diverse community of people of different faiths and beliefs, who share a fundamental optimism born of resilience and resourcefulness. Assembled on our serene college campus on the shore of one of the world s most beautiful glacial lakes, and in other venues around the region and across the globe, Keuka College students are engaging in the mindful, mutually supportive work of deep learning about themselves, about each other, and about the unmet needs of the world.

Diversity at Keuka

At Keuka College we believe that diversity is multifaceted and a naturally valuable asset. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate our differences. We believe that diversity encompasses the awareness and celebration of the many identities that make up our community, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religious status and sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, socio-economic status, age, culture, language, physical or mental ability, gender identity and expression, and region of origin.

In a world where the pursuit of safety and well-being are central, we will foster an inclusive environment in which we actively and intentionally work toward understanding, respecting, and appreciating diversity. We will accomplish this by increasing our awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. In doing so, we will move beyond tolerance to understanding, accepting, and celebrating our differences.

Our Values

Integrity. At Keuka College, behaving ethically and with integrity means being honest, keeping promises, and respecting the property and interests of others. Our personal and professional integrity guides the actions of our college community, supports the character development, wellness, and spirituality of our students, and makes us a more civil society. Keuka College develops integrity and ethical behavior in its students through the curriculum and by consistent modeling of honest and forthright behavior by the faculty, staff, administration, and alumni.

Academic Excellence. At Keuka College, academic excellence is central to the college s educational mission, and high expectations are set for students and faculty alike. We value intellectual achievement and scholarship, employ innovative and engaging educational practices to develop the whole person, and emphasize the cultivation of critical thinking skills and the love of learning. Academic excellence is not solely a function of the intellectual abilities of the college s students, but rather is highly dependent on the quality and rigor of the teaching/learning process.

Student-Centeredness. At Keuka College, we provide a holistic learning experience fostering the intellectual and personal growth of each student. Students, teachers, staff, and alumni are engaged in a way that connects the learning process to the world beyond the college. Through academic programs, collaborative partnerships and experiential learning experiences, Keuka students broaden their skills and perspectives of careers, personal responsibility, wellness, and civic engagement.

Diversity. At Keuka College, we acknowledge, respect, and celebrate our differences. Our community consists of many identities, each of which provides a valued perspective. We foster an inclusive environment in which we intentionally work toward understanding, respecting, and appreciating diversity. In doing so, we move beyond tolerance to understanding and mutual respect.

Global Perspective. At Keuka College, having a global perspective means being open-minded when working with people of diverse geographical origin and cultural heritage learning from them, and they from us. In order to prepare students for the world of the 21st century, we provide them with opportunities to learn and interact with other cultures, peoples, and perspectives. Student exposure occurs in many ways in the classroom through our domestic and international academic programs and curricula, and outside the classroom through multiple opportunities to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Stewardship. At Keuka College, we are committed to preserving and building our legacy for future generations and to fostering a sense of responsibility and commitment to the college. Active stewardship is an ethical and institutional responsibility that embodies careful, prudent utilization and management of our resources, including our people, financial holdings, natural resources, and capital assets. The College and its constituents have a moral and financial imperative to use our many and varied resources in ways that are effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Citizenship. At Keuka College, we believe citizenship includes aspects of leadership, service, and social responsibility. All members of the Keuka College community strive to be good leaders and exemplary citizens. Effective leaders and citizens exhibit common traits of wisdom, determination, vision, emotional intelligence, empathy and social responsibility. We actively model these qualities and mentor their development, thereby demonstrating and encouraging exemplary citizenship locally, nationally, and globally.