View of Lake Otsego from Council Rock

View of Lake Otsego from Council Rock

this is cooperstown

 Mary ('15) volunteering at the Cooperstown Farmers' Market

Mary ('15) volunteering at the Cooperstown Farmers' Market

Cooperstown, NY is a small town of around 2,000 people.
It’s best known as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame,
and in the summer months, the tourism industry brings people from far and wide into the town. Although small, Cooperstown boasts many restaurants, museums, parks, shops, hotels, and even breweries.  

Cooperstown’s location on the shore of Otsego Lake, surrounded by hills, makes for beautiful views all year. Nature enthusiasts will find many opportunities for
hiking, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. In the winter, students enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Cooperstown is about 30 minutes from Oneonta, NY, the closest “city.” Other nearby cities include Utica (about 50 minutes away), Albany (about 1 ½ hours away), Binghamton (about 1 ½ hours away), and Syracuse (about 1 ¾ hours away).

 Cooptoberfest, Cooperstown's annual fall festival

Cooptoberfest, Cooperstown's annual fall festival

community

Like many small towns, Cooperstown has a close-knit,
active community. Students have the opportunity to
become members of this community through working with area businesses and nonprofits, attending local churches
and synagogues, or volunteering at festivals and events.
We believe it’s vital for museum professionals to participate in their communities, and students have the opportunity
to practice this in Cooperstown.

In addition to the Cooperstown community, CGP itself has a vibrant and active community. Students frequently gather for parties, potlucks, and events. The culture of the program encourages deep and lasting friendships between students.

 Apple picking at Middlefield Orchard is a favorite fall activity

Apple picking at Middlefield Orchard is a favorite fall activity

housing

There is no “official” CGP student housing. However, CGP has had connections with local landlords for years. Many rent their homes or apartments off-season to students for reasonable rates, from about $350 to $700 per month, or less to those who share a house or apartment. Options vary from studios, to two-bedroom apartments, to shared houses. Many are found in historic houses. Housing options can be found in the Village of Cooperstown as well as in nearby towns like Fly Creek, Milford, and Oneonta. Students visiting for Interview Weekend will receive Housing Packets that list available options and will have the opportunity to tour properties they are interested in.