13-year trend continues
Farmingdale State College’s fall 2013 enrollment is 8,271—a 4.8 percent increase over a year ago—continuing a 13-year trend of robust increases in the number of students. Farmingdale now ranks second in undergraduate enrollment among all Long Island colleges and universities, behind only Stony Brook.
Farmingdale reached 105 percent of its total enrollment target and 111 percent of its target for continuing and returning students, an important measure of satisfaction among those already attending the College.
“With the breadth of our academic programs, the renovation of academic buildings and laboratories, the new construction in our athletics complex, the opening of a new Campus Center, and the beautification of the campus, there has never been a better time to be a faculty member, staff member—and especially a student—at Farmingdale,” said President W. Hubert Keen.
College officials point to several factors that have contributed to Farmingdale’s explosive growth—a 64 percent increase in total enrollment and a 106 percent increase in full-time enrollment since 2000.
For instance, Farmingdale ranked highly in two surveys that analyze the earnings power of students who are graduates. Payscale.com, which tracks trends in high education, ranked Farmingdale 107th among all public colleges in the nation in graduates’ salaries in a 2012 survey. Farmingdale also ranked 30th among 472 New York State Colleges in “Return On Investment” in an analysis released this year by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading resource for college affordability.
“Students want to get jobs and earn good salaries when they graduate,” Dr. Keen said. “And it’s no secret—their parents want them to get good jobs, too. Graduates of our array of academic programs in sophisticated disciplines are in high demand by business and industry. The data says we are preparing students excellently to earn a good living, and that message is getting through.”
In addition, Farmingdale has emphasized the value it provides at a SUNY tuition cost of less than $6,000 for an entire year, as opposed to the $30,000-50,000 tuition rate at many private colleges.
“We are growing in every conceivable way—enrollment, stature, quality of student—and the response we are getting from prospective, high-achieving students and their parents focuses very much on the quality they perceive at an extremely affordable price,” said Patrick Calabria, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Management, who said the incoming fall class averaged about an 88 GPA in high school. “We are increasingly seeing that parents want their children to have a good education but not be burdened with heavy student loans.”
In fact, Farmingdale was the only Long Island college—and the only college in the entire SUNY system—recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 for Least Student Debt upon graduation in an analysis of regional colleges in the North.
Additionally, Farmingdale’s ranking in the 2014 listing of best regional colleges in the North rose from #31 to #27 and was named a Military Friendly school again.