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Le Moyne, Utica preparing for transfer students from closing Cazenovia College

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Some Cazenovia College students are exploring options at other Central New York institutions after the private school on Wednesday abruptly announced plans to shut down next year.

The college, which sits at the southern end of Cazenovia Lake in Madison County, attributed the closure to financial issues and said it forged agreements with 10 other area schools where students can easily transfer to complete their degrees, according to its website.

Utica University's head of enrollment, Jeffrey Gates, said the school already received at least six applications from Cazenovia students. He said the university that's located nearly an hour to the north east of Cazenovia is working to make the transfer a seamless process.

“We'll take as many of their transfer credits as possible," Gates said. "And we'll review their financial aid to work with them to ensure that they're paying just about the same tuition, room and board and fees as they would if they were going to continue at Caz."

Utica is expecting to welcome around 200 students based on how its academic programs overlap with those at Cazenovia, Gates said.

In Syracuse, Le Moyne College is also hearing from interested students and plans on accepting around 80. Vice President of Enrollment Management Tim Lee said the goal is to keep graduation timelines and cost commitments intact.

“If they're expecting to have a semester and a half, we'll meet them at that, and they'll have a semester and a half to graduate," Lee said. "If they're paying, if they had a scholarship at Caz, we'll do what we can to make sure that that funding is covered."

Wells College, Elmira College, Keuka College and SUNY Oneonta are among the other schools planning to enroll Cazenovia students.

Cazenovia's website said it plans to announce additional institutions, known as teach out partners, that will offer more transition options to students. The school had about 750 full- and part-time students as of last year.

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