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Distance Learning

Farmingdale State College understands the flexible scheduling and independent learning opportunities that today's students expect. We know you are busy and may not be able to adjust your schedule or commute to campus. Distance learning allows you to take a course here and there, and/or earn a college degree at your own convenience any time and any place.

Our distance learning is through Open SUNY which offers quality education in flexible formats with over 500 online degree options. Online courses can be just as impactful as a traditional on-campus class.

What to Expect

In an online college course, the instructor and students are connected to each other through the Internet. Students and professors are able to communicate and bond in this online platform. Students receive instruction, compose and submit assignments, ask questions of the instructor and other students, discuss issues and actively participate in the class all from the comfort of your home, office, library, or just about anywhere that has a WIFI connection.

Depending on the course and professor, there may be additional requirements such as other web-based materials, textbooks, application software, simulations, and even learning activities outside of the Internet like experiments, observations, or other projects.

Students should plan on spending 3-5 hours per credit each week in study, which works out to 9-12 hours for a 3-credit course. While course requirements may vary by course, students should also plan on interacting online in their course several times during the week. Online courses are available to degree-seeking students and to students who simply want to take courses for personal development as non-matriculated.

While students should always check with their advisors, credits earned in the program are typically transferable. You can also earn credits by combining traditional on-campus courses and distance learning studies from the colleges participating in Open SUNY.

Students Residing Outside New York State and taking Distance Learning Courses at Farmingdale State College 

Federal regulations require institutions delivering courses by distance learning to provide students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with the state approval or licensing entity in the student’s state of residency and any other relevant state official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint.

New York State Education: Filing a Complaint About a College or University

For all types of complaints concerning colleges and universities in New York State, the first course of action must be to try to resolve the complaint directly with the administration of the college or university involved.  If you are still unable to get a resolution or you are having trouble with your course and/or distance learning experience, please contact the Distance Learning Helpdesk at Our team of instructional designers will be able to help you get in touch with College contacts who can help you. 

The NYSED Filing a Complaint About a College or University site will provide information on where and how to file a complaint.  Please do not send a complaint to the Office of College and University Evaluation until you have read all of the information. This will assure that you are sending your complaint to the appropriate agency/office.

This link will provide you with all the information needed to file a complaint:


Last Modified 1/29/21