The just-released 2015-2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges survey ranks Farmingdale State College as one of the best regional colleges in the north. Among all public colleges in the north region, Farmingdale placed 11th. In addition, Farmingdale was also named one of the regional colleges with the lowest student debt load at graduation—the average debt owed by students due to the value of its tuition, currently just over $6,400 a year. It is the third-lowest debt load among regional colleges in the North.
U.S. News & World Report categorizes schools by their mission and uses up to 16 indicators of academic excellence in arriving at their rankings. Schools in each category are ranked against their peers.
Farmingdale has enrolled more than 8,700 students for the 2015-16 academic year (a three percent increase over the last academic year). Growth is strongest among part-time, transfer, and returning students.
Farmingdale offers more than 38 academic programs – including 29 baccalaureate degrees and eight associate degrees. These programs are offered in one of four schools: the School of Engineering Technology, the School of Business, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Arts and Sciences. Degrees in Business are the most popular.
“The State University of New York has historically offered students an affordable, accessible higher education that is second to none,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As we work to bring the benefits of a SUNY education to even more students through our Completion Agenda, we are proud to see so many of our colleges and universities recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year."
“Farmingdale State College’s enrollment continues to grow due to the excellence of our faculty/staff and the relevancy of our degrees,” said Farmingdale President Hubert Keen.“And this recognition of our value by U.S. News & World Report confirms our students’ good judgment.”