Admissions and Student Services Representatives to Attend; Four Newburgh Full-Degree Programs to be Featured

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – With branch campus status conferred upon its Newburgh campus, SUNY Orange will profile the four full-degree programs that will available in Newburgh beginning this fall during a Newburgh Open House event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

The Open House, coordinated by the College’s Admissions staff and to be held in Room 221 of the Tower Building at One Washington Center, will allow prospective students to investigate SUNY Orange’s business management, criminal justice, human services and liberal arts (associate in arts) degrees. Faculty and staff members will also be on hand to provide information on transfer and career possibilities, support services, financial aid, scholarship and admissions.

By state Education Department standards, students taking classes at an extension center are mandated to complete portions of their degree requirements at their college or university’s primary campus. But once a site has been granted “branch campus” status, the institution may begin offering, at that location, all necessary courses leading to a degree or certificate. For SUNY Orange, that means students in these newly selected academic programs may complete all of their degree requirements in Newburgh without commuting to the Middletown campus.

The College has operated an extension center in Newburgh since 1990, first offering classes in the Broadway School before moving to the Tower Building (formerly the Key Bank Building) in 1997. SUNY Orange’s overall enrollment has increased 22.2 percent in the past seven years including a 2.4 percent surge this past fall that created a record enrollment level of 6,763 students. During that same span, Newburgh’s enrollment has risen by 40.3 percent to a combined total of 1,356 full- and part-time students. When completed, the branch campus is expected to allow the College to double its enrollment in Newburgh.

Construction on the new Kaplan Hall, which will anchor the northwest corner of the branch campus, began this past October and is currently on schedule for completion during the summer of 2010. Classes are expected to be offered in the building beginning with the Fall 2010 semester.

In total, SUNY Orange offers nearly 40 academic majors, boasts one of the finest student transfer success rates in the State University of New York system and provides diverse educational opportunities to help students meet their goals.

For more information on the Newburgh Open House, contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030. To RSVP for the event, visit the SUNY Orange web site at and click the “Admissions Events” link under the “Admissions” header.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940