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Location and Climate

Fast Facts

  • MVCC is located in the center of Upstate New York
  • MVCC has 2 campuses: Utica, New York (main campus) and Rome, New York (branch campus)
  • The population in Utica is 60,635
  • The population in Rome is 32,473
  • The population of the Mohawk Valley is approximately 600,000 people

Driving Distance to Major Cities from MVCC

  • Syracuse, N.Y.: 50 miles-- one hour drive
  • New York City: 250 miles -- 4 hour drive
  • Montreal: 305 miles --5 hour drive
  • Niagara Falls: 215 miles -- 3 ½ hour drive
  • Boston: 260 Miles -- 4 hour drive
  • Washington, DC: 400 Miles -- 6.5 hour drive

Climate and Culture in the Mohawk Valley

The Mohawk Valley has much to offer the students at MVCC. As a student here you will experience 4 distinct and separate seasons each as beautiful and invigorating as the next. The Mohawk Valley is only minutes from all types of recreation and cultural activities year round from skiing and ice skating in the winter to swimming and boating in the summer. In the autumn season you can enjoy breathtaking foliage and do not even have to leave campus to do so.

If it's action you're looking for, our Boilermaker Road Race is ranked in the top 100 road races in the country. There also are pro, semi-pro, and college sporting events and more than 40 golf courses. You can find rivers and lakes for fishing and boating, and the Adirondack Mountains for hiking, hunting, and camping. And, in the winter there are dozens of places to downhill and cross country ski, snowmobile, and ice skate.

Our cultural atmosphere is one of the best surprises. There are Broadway shows, internationally acclaimed concerts, world-class museum exhibits, local craft fairs, regional theaters, a casino resort, and a wealth of international markets and restaurants as over 40 languages are spoken in the city of Utica.

Please feel free to research some of the attractions of the Mohawk Valley before you arrive:

  • Oneida County Historical Society
  • Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
  • Stanley Performing Arts Center
  • National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • The Utica Zoo
  • The Turning Stone Casino
  • The Saranac Brewery
  • The Erie Canal
  • The Boilermaker Road Race
  • Fort Stanwix
  • Syracuse Handcock International Airport