SUNY ORANGE FALL ENROLLMENT UP 2.4 PERCENT

10/14/2008

College Sees Sizeable Growth in Full-Time Enrollment; Total Headcount at an All-Time High

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Riding the wave of a sizeable increase in full-time students this Fall, SUNY Orange’s total enrollment for this semester has risen by 2.4 percent over a year ago, boosting the overall student headcount to an all-time high of 6,763. It marks the seventh consecutive Fall that SUNY Orange’s total enrollment has increased.

In all, SUNY Orange saw 5.8 percent more students enroll on a full-time basis this Fall, pushing the College’s total of full-time students to 3,653. Full-time students now comprise 54.0 percent of the College’s entire student body. Part-time enrollment—students taking less than 12 credit hours in the semester—slipped 1.30 percent to 3,110 students.

The Community College in the High School Program, in which eligible high school students can enroll in college-level courses offered in their high school, saw its enrollment surge by 13.0 percent to 842 students.

“We’ve been seeing increases in full-time enrollment over the past several years, but this year’s jump is a bit higher than normal,” says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “People have always valued their education but, today more than ever, they are also looking to maximize their educational dollars in relation to their rising expenses in so many other areas. Community colleges continue to be a smart way to invest in education, and SUNY Orange offers a rigorous education at an affordable price.”

SUNY Orange is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the largest state system of higher education in the United States. Nearly 50 percent of students in the SUNY system attend community college.

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