Before becoming SUNY Adirondack, the college got its start as Adirondack Community College.


Read the timeline for important events in the school’s history.



A group of Warren County citizens, encouraged by County Supervisors, raised the idea of a local community college, and met with the Dean of Community Colleges of the State University of New York to discuss what could be done. An Action Committee was formed of both Warren and Washington county citizens, who then surveyed local students and their parents to determine their educational needs.



The Action Committee presented their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors in both counties and asked that they jointly sponsor the new college. The resolution passed, and in June, the formation of the college was approved by the Trustees of the State University of New York. In fall of that year, Adirondack Community College was selected as the official name of the future college.


February 1961

The ACC Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Charles R. Eisenhart as President of the college.


March 1961

A location on Lower Main Street in Hudson Falls was selected as the temporary campus location, with physical education classes taking place in the nearby YMCA facilities.


September 12, 1961

ACC opened the first day of classes with 215 students enrolled full-time. (The college's Opening Convocation took place on September 17.)



The Glens Falls Insurance Company gave Adirondack Community College 141 acres of land on Bay Road in Queensbury, which became the college's permanent site.



The college moved to its new campus on Bay Road after the close of the summer sessions in August.



The college was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.



The Wilton center opened, allowing students in Saratoga County easier access to some classes.



The college was renamed SUNY Adirondack.



The culinary arts program moved into its own building.

The college moved the Wilton extension center to a new state-of-the-art building.



The college opened a 400-bed residence hall, complete with residential suites, classrooms and a fitness center.


Read more college history HERE.