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January 29, 2014

Farmingdale State College’s official Fall 2013 enrollment figure is second in undergraduate enrollment among all Long Island four-year colleges—and the highest enrollment it has achieved since its transition to a baccalaureate institution in the 1990s.

Farmingdale’s Fall 2013 enrollment of 8,163 represents a 4.8 percent increase from Fall 2012 and a 106 percent increase in full-time students since 2000, among the highest in SUNY in that span. The figure is exceeded only by Stony Brook University’s undergraduate enrollment of 16,107.

“Farmingdale continues to attract high quality students because of the great value we provide—excellent faculty and popular academic programs that do a great job of preparing students to get good-paying jobs once they graduate, at the cost of SUNY tuition,” said W. Hubert Keen, the Farmingdale President. “Students want an education that will help them get jobs, and parents want to know their investment in college has been well spent.”

In a survey of May 2013 Farmingdale graduates, 92 percent of respondents reported being employed—with 63 percent employed in their degree or similar field.

Farmingdale’s growth in enrollment has been accompanied by a comprehensive campus construction and renovation project. A new Campus Center featuring modern dining, a bookstore, a ballroom, and lounge areas opened a year ago; a new building for the School of Business is expected to open later this year; new laboratories have been built and other academic areas restored; and a renovation of the athletics complex is nearly complete.

Farmingdale is also home to the first solar carport/charging station for electric vehicles in SUNY and is a pioneer in the research and implementation of green technologies.

“Farmingdale is progressing in so many ways—our academic standing, our research enterprise, and the beautification of our campus, to name a few,” Dr. Keen said. “All of this has contributed to the skyrocketing number of applications—more than 10,000 in each of the last three years—and the exponential increase in enrollment. I think it’s pretty apparent that we are an outstanding investment for students, parents, and regional businesses.”