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July 11, 2008

Farmingdale State College Still Growing

College One of Fastest Growing in the Region

Farmingdale State College's enrollment-one of the fastest-growing of any college in the region-is experiencing another surge, campus officials said today. Applications for the fall 2008 semester have increased by more than ten percent over this same time last year, and enrollment has climbed by six percent.

Last fall, Farmingdale reached 103 percent of its enrollment target with 6,447 students. Since 2000, enrollment has increased 28 percent.

"We are more effectively communicating what we offer to our students," said Dr. Lucia Cepriano, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. "Students and their parents are learning that Farmingdale State offers an affordable, first-rate education at a four-year school that is growing in so many positive ways and is close to home."

Farmingdale State recently received $54.5 million in state funding announced by State Senators Charles. J. Fuschillo and Kenneth LaValle, and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, to renovate and modernize the campus infrastructure. Almost $29 million of that funding is allocated to construct a new School of Business building. Currently, business programs are scattered among three academic buildings.

The School of Business is one of the College's most successful programs, with an enrollment increase of over 35 percent over the past six years. The business school now has more than 1,800 students, representing approximately 29 percent of the College's total enrollment.

A Center for Applied Mathematics, an Information Commons to integrate library and other informational technology services, and a new Child Care Center are also being funded. Last year, Farmingdale announced that a new $25 million Student Center would open as soon as 2011.