State University of New York College at Old Westbury: Narrative Description

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PO Box 210
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
Tel: (516)876-3000
Admissions: (516)876-3073
Fax: (516)876-3307
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 605-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 3,359. Faculty: 233 (127 full-time, 106 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,825 applied, 52% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 2,609 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 731 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 27 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 26% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 34% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 16% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at other units of the State University of New York System, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, New York Institute of Technology. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,610 full-time, $429 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $722 full-time, $113.50 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7914. College room only: $5624. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 55 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alianza Latina, Caribbean Student Association, Asian Club, Finance/Accounting Society. Major annual events: Welcome Back Old Westbury Day, Multicultural Festival, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 850 college housing spaces available; 837 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. SUNY College at Old Westbury Library plus 1 other with 196,000 books, 21,695 microform titles, 803 serials, 2,057 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 342 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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