Surge of 8.9 Percent Brings Student Head Count to 6,339

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – On the strength of its biggest spring enrollment surge in at least two decades, SUNY Orange’s student head count for this current spring semester has reached an all-time high of 6,339, an 8.9 percent increase over a year ago.

This semester’s enrollment total surpasses the College’s previous spring semester mark of 6,063 students who attended classes during the Spring 2007 semester. Additionally, the total number of credit hours being taken by students this semester has risen 7.8 percent to an all-time high of 62,464. Students enrolled full-time comprise 54.6 percent of the enrollment total.

Enrollment at the College’s Newburgh recently accredited branch campus is up 12.7 percent this semester, with students taking 16.8 percent more credit hours than a year ago. Community College in the High School (CCHS), a program that allows high school students to get a jump on their college education by taking college-level courses in their high school, saw its enrollment increase by 9.5 percent, with students accumulating 15.4 percent more credit hours.

Since 1992, SUNY Orange’s largest one-year jump in spring enrollment was 5.8 percent from 2002 to 2003.

SUNY Orange has watched its fall enrollment reach all-time highs in each of the last eight autumns. This past fall, student enrollment reached 6,922, a 2.4 percent increase from Fall 2008. Traditionally, fall enrollment numbers are higher than spring totals.

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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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940