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Record Number of New, Returning and Full-time Students Attend Hudson Valley Community College This Fall
Enrollment up 6 percent over 2008-2009 academic year

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the State University system, has set a new record for total number of students this fall, topping last year's record enrollment.

The college has 13,523 total students for the fall semester, including those enrolled in the College in the High School program, compared to 12,787 last year. That is a 6 percent growth over 2008. The college also set records in the number of new students, the number of full-time students and in the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students, a statistical calculation which includes part-time students. The college is up 10 percent over last year in new students enrolled in a degree program (4,112).

Much of the school's overall growth this year can be attributed to online learning. The number of students taking online courses exclusively (1,048) is up 9 percent over 2008. The number of online courses offered by the college has doubled since 2004 (151 in 2004: 301 in 2009) and the number of students taking those courses has also doubled during that time period.

Another growth factor is the number of non-matriculated students – those taking a few courses without officially matriculating into a degree program. The number of those students is up 2 percent over last year, from 1,617 to 1,654.

The college is offering two new certificates and one new degree program this fall. Biotechnology and Bereavement Studies are the two new certificate programs and a new degree program in Theatre Arts has drawn a class of 20 new students to the college.  

Student-to-faculty ratio continues to be low at the college, as well. Over the college's more than 70 degree and certificate programs, the student/faculty ratio is just over 20:1.

"As we look toward the opening of our new TEC-SMART facility in Malta next year, we are encouraged to see that Capital Region residents are continuing to look first to Hudson Valley Community College for their higher education," said Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak. "Our growth is a direct result of the high quality education we offer."  

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.