In 1835 village leaders partnered with a Baptist group to build an institution of higher learning. In the Civil War era Malcolm MacVicar, the principal, was a visionary educator who saw the need for better education for teachers in New York and he led a campaign to get the state to establish a system of "Normal" schools across the state. The effort was a success, and in 1867 the Brockport Collegiate Institute became one of the new Normal schools. Brockport State Teachers College became part of the new SUNY system which was established in 1948. Since then, Brockport has become recognized throughout New York and within the SUNY system as an innovative and dynamic institution.
SUNY Brockport offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificates from the following schools:
- School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- School of Science and Mathematics
- School of Health and Human Performance
- School of Business Administration and Economics
- School of Education and Human Services
- The Graduate School
Since 2000, The College at Brockport has offered graduate and undergraduate online courses in various disciplines. Online courses and/or programs provide students and faculty with an innovative way to learn and teach asynchronously.