SUNY Orange Enrollment Also at All-Time High Following 2.4 Percent Spike this Semester

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A steady enrollment surge in recent years at SUNY Orange has kept the College's student population growing in lockstep with the overall enrollment expansion enjoyed system-wide by the State University of New York, and both the local college and the state system again report enrollment totals at all-time highs this fall.

For the second autumn in arow, SUNY Orange's enrollment rose by 2.4 percent, pushing the College's headcount to 6,922 students this fall. Simultaneously, the combined enrollment of SUNY's 64 campuses is at a record total of 464,981 students. The year-to-year increase of 25,458 students represents an increase of nearly six percent and is the largest single-year increase in SUNY’s history.

“These historic enrollment numbers clearly demonstrate that more people view SUNY as the best option for a world-class education at an affordable price,” said SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher. “We are committed to continuing to provide excellent educational opportunities and serving as an engine of economic recovery for New York. That is why SUNY is engaging in a system-wide strategic plan to make sure we can serve this increased demand in tough economic times.”

Over the past eight years, SUNY Orange's enrollment has grown 25.1 percent and a record 55.7 percent of SUNY Orange students attend the College full-time.

SUNY Enrollment Highlights

  • The 30 SUNY Community Colleges continue to enroll more students, 242,742, than the four-year campuses, 222,239.
  • Enrollments grew by 9.8 percent over the prior year at the community colleges.
  • Fueling the growth at the community colleges was an increase of 10.8 percent in first time full-time students, a 21.4 percent increase in new transfer students, and an11.8 percent increase in continuing students.
  • 222,239 students enrolled at the baccalaureate and doctoral granting campuses, 3,711 more students than in the prior year, an increase of 1.7 percent.

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Mike Albright
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