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About Farmingdale State College


Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912, has a legacy of excellence and a rich history, with more than 93,000 graduates spread across the region and around the world. The first public college on Long Island, it has evolved from a school that primarily focused on agriculture education to SUNY's largest college of technology.

Farmingdale currently enrolls 9,300 students, giving it the second-highest undergraduate enrollment among Long Island four-year colleges and universities. Students may choose from among 39 bachelor and associate degrees in business, applied arts and sciences, health sciences and engineering technologies. In Fall 2017, Farmingdale's first master's degree – in Technology Management – will be offered as will a bachelor's in Interaction Design.
Students enjoy small, personalized classes with a dedicated faculty that includes 139 SUNY Chancellor's Award winners in teaching and service - 14 of whom are Distinguished Teaching/Service Professors. Partnerships with Long Island business and industry result in aggressive student recruitment for internships and full-time careers. Farmingdale has an enviable track record of placing its students in their chosen fields, with 74% finding employment related to their academic studies within six months of graduation. In addition, Farmingdale has been recognized for its value and affordability, graduating students with among the lowest level of debt in the U.S.

Farmingdale increasingly has developed a national presence to complement its strong regional identity. In recent years U.S. News & World Report – in its annual survey of top colleges and universities – has given Farmingdale high marks among public colleges in the North. In addition, since 2010 three national websites have ranked the college as among the safest in the nation.

Farmingdale's lush 380-acre campus is filled with historical buildings and recent additions such as a School of Business and Smart Energy House, as well as a renovated Information Commons and Athletics Complex. Other facilities include the Solar Energy Center, Solar Carport, Institute for Research and Technology Transfer, Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens, and a high-tech, energy-efficient Campus Center.

Strong connections exist with top business leaders on Long Island. Industry forums bring CEOs of the most important local industries – banking, bioscience, horticulture, healthcare, engineering/manufacturing and hospitality/tourism – to the campus, while academically focused meetings such as the STEM Summit and Social Justice Summit attract educators, students and members of the community. The Energy and Sustainability Conference, sponsored by the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center, reinforces Farmingdale's commitment to a greener Long Island.

The campus is also a thriving center of the state's Start-Up NY program, hosting three young high-tech companies at its Broad Hollow Bioscience Park. Farmingdale is also the home of the Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center and the Protect New York think tank.

Farmingdale State offers a comprehensive athletic program, consisting of 18 men's and women's teams, participating in NCAA Division III leagues.
More than 50 clubs offer the opportunity for students to develop academically, professionally and socially.

Farmingdale is in the heart of Long Island, on the Route 110 high-tech corridor. The campus is 50 minutes by train from Manhattan and just a few miles from some of New York's most beautiful beaches. Cultural and historical attractions are found in every direction.

For more information on Farmingdale's history, visit our archives.