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January 6, 2009

Farmingdale State College Releases Report On Internships And Research

Over 500 Students Participated in Experiential Learning and Research Activities

Student Researchers in Bioscience Laboratory
Student Researchers in Bioscience Laboratory

Farmingdale State students are engaged in a variety of experiential learning activities, according to statistics compiled by the College. Last year, 536 students were involved with 15 different academic departments in internships, clinical training, and guided research activities. There were 255 students who did clinical assignments, with the vast majority of those enrolled in the Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs. An additional 218 students were placed in internships in such areas as Biology, Business Management, Computer Systems, Aviation, and Visual Communications; and another 63 students conducted research under the guidance of Farmingdale professors.

In addition, a report on employment by 2007 Farmingdale graduates reveals that seven academic programs had a 100 per cent success rate in placing graduates in full-time jobs. Of the 120 employers nationwide who reported hiring Farmingdale State graduates, 112 of the companies were from the Nassau-Suffolk region.

"The figures demonstrate the importance of Farmingdale State College to regional businesses and industries," said W. Hubert Keen, President of the College. "Our students are in high demand because of the experience they have in the workplace and in conducting research, even before they graduate."

Farmingdale now boasts an enrollment of 6,850, its largest since transitioning to a four-year baccalaureate institution in 1993. The enrollment figure represents 110 per cent of the enrollment target. Since 2000, enrollment of full-time students is up 62 per cent while total enrollment has grown 36 per cent; both figures are among the largest percentage increases in the SUNY system. Farmingdale remains the largest college of applied science and technology in SUNY.

"The quality of our academic programs, the way in which they are aligned with local industry to develop a skilled workforce, and the strength of our growing research enterprise and our internships are all significant factors in our increasing attractiveness," said Dr. Keen. "We are fortunate to have a dedicated faculty, quality students, and local and state legislators who recognize the critical role we play in the region." In addition, the number of applications is up 72 per cent per cent since 2000 to a total of nearly 9,000.