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07/19/2004
Hudson Valley Community College's Summer Enrollment is Highest Ever

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 19, 2004

With a nearly 6 percent increase over last year, Hudson Valley Community College's summer enrollment is the highest in the school's history.

This year, the record-setting enrollment was 3,843 students, topping last year's summer enrollment of 3,639. The college had 3,695 students in summer 2002 and 2,996 students in summer 2001.

The college offers five separate summer terms to accommodate students, and each term ranges from three weeks to 12 weeks. Summer terms began on May 24 and July 6.

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students also increased over last year, rising from 625.8 FTE to 644.16 FTE. Full-time equivalent students are calculated by combining the enrollments of all students to create a hypothetical number of full-time students. A full-time student is one who takes 12 credit hours or more each semester.

College officials said one of the main reasons for the increase is the growing number of online course offerings. Hudson Valley offered 63 online course sections during the summer of 2004, compared to 51 sections in the previous summer. The college began offering online courses in the summer in 1998 with just one course and eight students.

Summer courses at Hudson Valley Community College have long been popular with students returning to the Capital Region because of the college's academic reputation and the ease with which the credits transfer.

The college has had three consecutive semesters of record enrollment, with history-making numbers in the Fall 2003, Spring 2004 semesters, as well.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.