Otsego County has some of the best public school systems in upstate New York. The county is rural in nature, so its schools feature small class sizes, averaging about 14 students per teacher in K–12 classrooms. This explains why all of the schools in the county have a wonderfully safe community feeling, enhancing success for the students and pride among the residents. The county is home to both Cooperstown and Oneonta, giving youngsters field trip opportunities to such wonderful educational venues as the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, nearby Howe Cavern, and Foothills Performing Arts Center. Oneonta is also home to two 4-year colleges, Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta.