The just-released 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges survey ranks Farmingdale State College as one of the best regional colleges in the north. Among all public colleges in the north region, Farmingdale placed 8th. In addition, Farmingdale was also named one of the regional colleges with the lowest student debt load at graduation—the average debt owed by students due to the value of its tuition, currently just over $6,000 a year.
Farmingdale is also listed at #28 among regional public and private institutions ranked in the survey. It is the only ranked Long Island college listed in this category.
U.S. News & World Report categorizes schools by their mission, and uses up to 16 indicators of academic excellence in arriving at their rankings. Schools in each category are ranked against their peers.
Farmingdale has enrolled nearly 8,500 students for the 2014-15 academic year, giving it the second highest undergraduate enrollment among Long Island colleges. Farmingdale offers more than 45 academic programs – including 29 baccalaureate degrees and eight associate degrees. These programs are offered in one of four schools: the School of Engineering Technology, the School of Business, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Arts and Sciences. Farmingdale has been ranked as the 5th Safest College in the country by UniversityPrimeTime.com.
“We are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News & World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like Farmingdale State College offer students top-quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today’s 21st- century global economy.”
“We are proud of the continuing progress Farmingdale is making,” said W. Hubert Keen, Farmingdale’s president. “The fact is, we are thriving in every conceivable way, and this is reflected by our booming enrollment. Students and parents understand that the superior education we provide at a very reasonable tuition rate is a great value. So it was no surprise to us that we ranked among the best colleges and also among the colleges in least student debt.”