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Hudson Valley Community College Marks Record Enrollment in 50th Anniversary Year

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Marking its 50th anniversary this year, Hudson Valley Community College now has another reason to celebrate. The college announced today that it has reached a record enrollment for a second consecutive year.

The total number of full- and part-time students enrolled at the college as of the State University census date on Monday, September 15, was 11,741, which is 7 percent higher than enrollment at the same time last year. The 2002-03 academic year also saw record enrollment, with the college breaking the 11,000 student mark for the first time in its history, at 11,010 total students.

The college's growth can be attributed to several factors, including the rapid increase of online learning at the college. The number of enrollments in the college's distance learning courses increased 41 percent from Fall 2002 to Fall 2003, jumping from 1,643 students to 2,312 students.

Also a factor is the continued increase in the number of students taking advantage of the College in the High School program, which allows high school students to take college-level courses at their schools during their normal school day. That program expects to serve more than 1,500 students in high schools around the region this fall.

In addition, the number of new full-time students at the college grew 6 percent from Fall 2002 to Fall 2003, from 3,382 to 3,574.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.