The Utica School of Commerce was founded by Thomas J. Risinger in 1896 in response to an early demand for specialized training in commerce and finance. His son, William S. Risinger, joined him in 1904 and, in 1919, became the head of the school. He retained this position until his retirement on March 1, 1966, at which time a new partnership was formed by Eleanor P., granddaughter of the founder, and Roger L. Williams. On July 1, 1976, they incorporated the school under the laws of New York. Philip M. Williams and John L. Crossley, sole stockholders of the Utica School of Commerce, Inc., are two of the Trustees on the Board of Trustees of the Utica School of Commerce, Inc. The college has prepared tens of thousands of young men and women during the past 113 years to assume responsibilities of leadership in every area of business, and today we continue in our second century as a leader in business education.
The Utica School of Commerce, at its founding in 1896, was located on the third floor of the Oneida National Bank Building on the
corner of Genesee and Bleecker Streets. In 1915, the school expanded
its facilities and moved to the Mayro Building in which it had its facilities for 63 years. On September 11, 1978, the Utica School of Commerce moved to its current location at 201 Bleecker Street.
In February 1985, the Utica School of Commerce opened its Madison County Branch at the Washington Avenue Community Center in Oneida, and in March 1986, moved to the New York State Jaycees’ Building on Route 5 in Canastota. The college opened its new campus adjacent to its former location in September 1992.
USC opened its Oneonta Branch in September 1985 in the Verizon Building at 17 Elm Street, Oneonta.
The Utica School of Commerce has wireless technology at all three of its campuses. This technology has given the college the ability to have every classroom become a computer lab where students bring laptop computers to class and have the ability to connect with the college’s computer and the Internet.
In response to the demand for more flexible scheduling, in 2004, USC added both credit and non-credit course offerings. With nearly 300 non-credit courses and a growing number of credit-bearing courses, USC is in the forefront of online education. See our website for more information.
The Utica School of Commerce is one of the originators of private business college education in New York. We are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni. USC continues to provide a friendly spirit, modern facilities and equipment, and a faculty dedicated to preparing students for high standards in a successful career.