College Sees 4.3 Percent Surge in Fall Semester Head Count; Enrollment up 3.1 Percent in Newburgh

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Behind a 4.3 percent increase, SUNY Orange’s student enrollment has eclipsed the 7,000 plateau for the first time ever as 7,223 students registered for Fall 2010 classes, providing the College with a record-setting enrollment total for the ninth consecutive autumn.

The 4.3 percent surge is the highest seen by the College since 2002. After two successive years of strong increases--more than 5.0 percent each year--in full-time students and declines in part-time students, this fall’s part-time enrollment increased by 8.0 percent, far outpacing the 1.5 percent hike in full-time students (12 credits or more). This semester 54.2 percent of the students are full-time.

In addition, 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, continued its steady growth, jumping 3.7 percent (to 968 students) while enrollment in the College’s distance learning courses rose by 25.4 percent (to 459).

With the imminent completion of Kaplan Hall and its planned opening for classes in January, the College’s Newburgh campus enrollment rose by 3.1 percent.

“People have always valued their education but, today more than ever, they are also looking to maximize their educational dollars,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “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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Mike Albright
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