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About Hudson Valley Community College

Be bold. Be a Viking.
Hudson Valley Community College adopted the Viking identity in the early 1960s after turning to faculty, staff and students to choose a college mascot. An alumna of that era noted the Viking was selected for its willingness to explore and discover.

The college's men's and women's athletic teams embraced the Viking too, and a large fiberglass Viking statue stood at the west end of the college's football field for more than 30 years. The Viking identity was further entrenched on campus with the creation of the Viking Child Care Center, Viking's Cove Bookstore and Viking Video Technologies. Each year, students square off against faculty and staff in the annual Viking Cup softball game while student teams from local high school compete in the Viking Trivia Pursuit Challenge as well.

The Viking was integrated into the college's overarching brand strategy in 2011 to create a unique position for the college. The tagline "Be bold. Be a Viking." was introduced to empower students to feel proud of their decision to attend Hudson Valley and to invite our community to forge their own paths, take on important educational endeavors and discover a personal college experience that's an incredible value.

Hudson Valley Community College serves approximately 13,000 students each semester, and employs more than 650 full- and part-time faculty members. Currently the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region of New York State, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs through its four schools: Business; Engineering & Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. 25 degree and certificates are offered in an online format.

Eight out of ten Hudson Valley students come from the immediate Capital Region, and the rest come from across New York State and many other states and foreign countries. The college ranks 58th (as of the 2013-2014 academic year) among the nation's two-year schools in the number of associate degrees awarded annually, and has more than 75,000 alumni.

Founded in 1953, the college is sponsored by Rensselaer County and is one of 30 community colleges that are part of the State University of New York system. The college is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the Governor (4), the Rensselaer County Legislature (5), and elected from among the student body (1).