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09/23/2008
Record Number of Students Again Likely at Hudson Valley Community College This Fall
Enrollment up 5 percent over 2007-2008 academic year

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept 23, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the State University system, continues to grow and will likely set a new record for total number of students this fall.

As of Monday, Sept. 15, the college had 11,186 total students, compared to 10,682 last year at this time. That is a 5 percent growth over 2007, which also was a record year for enrollment at the college. The college also will 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 5 percent over last year in new students (3,765), and up 3.3 percent in the total number of full-time students (7,226).

But the counting doesn’t stop there.

Although the college submitted its official census figures to Rensselaer County last week, a large portion of new enrollment won’t be finalized until October when the college counts students in its rapidly growing College in the High School program. Approximately 1,700 additional students will be enrolled through this offering, which allows Hudson Valley adjunct instructors to teach courses to high school students during their regular high school day. The program is offered in 28 high schools around the region, including two vocational centers.

Add the projected 1,700 high school students to the current total and the college believes it will serve nearly 13,000 total students this year.

Much of the school’s overall growth this year can be attributed to online learning and a growing number of part-time students. The number of students taking online courses exclusively (942) is up 18 percent over 2007. The number of non-matriculated students – those taking a few courses without officially matriculating into a degree program – is up 15 percent over last year.

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.

“The Capital Region is continuing to see that Hudson Valley delivers a diverse, high quality education at a very affordable price. They know they can start here and transfer virtually anywhere, with the right grades,” said Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak. “Our continued growth is a testament to the dedicated people on this campus working together to create opportunities for the people of the Capital Region.”

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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.