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Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College
Established 1912
Type Public
President Dr. W. Hubert Keen
Provost Dr. Lucia Cepriano
Undergraduates 8,162[1]
Location East Farmingdale, New York, United States
Campus Suburban, 380 acres (1.5 km2)[2]
Colors Green and White          
Nickname Rams
Mascot Rambo the Ram
Affiliations SUNY

Farmingdale State College[3] SUNY, is an American institution of higher education located on Long Island in East Farmingdale, New York.[4] Also known as the State University of New York at Farmingdale or SUNY Farmingdale, it is a public college of the State University of New York. The college was chartered in 1912 as a school of applied agriculture under the name of New York State School Of Agriculture on Long Island


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • At a glance 2.1
    • Student-body profile 2.2
  • Campus 3
  • Athletics 4
  • Notable Alumni 5
  • Rankings 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Farmingdale State College, SUNY was founded in 1912.[5] The founding of the College was originally proposed by State Assemblyman John Lupton in 1909. Lupton Hall, which houses the departments of Chemistry and Physics as well the School of Engineering Technology, now bears his name.

Two of the oldest buildings on campus are Hicks Hall and Cutler Hall, which were constructed in 1914 and were originally called the Horticulture and Agronomy Buildings, respectively. The buildings house four oil on canvas murals, painted in 1936 by local artists Frederick Marshall and C. E. Lessing as a part of the Works Progress Administration. The murals depict agricultural scenes, including wheat-threshing, rice harvesting, and cotton picking.[6]

Ward Hall, also constructed in 1914, was the original dormitory and now houses College offices, including Alumni Relations and Business Outreach. When the College first admitted students in March 1916, Ward Hall was not yet completed. Students slept instead in temporary quarters on the upper level of Conklin Hall, which was then the physical plant.[5]

Later historical buildings include Knapp Hall, completed in 1937, and Thompson Hall, competed in 1938, which were each built in the Georgian Colonial style.

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. delivered the address at the College’s second commencement exercises on May 26, 1920.[7]

A Memorial Oak was planted on June 4, 1921 to honor American soldiers killed in World War I. The Oak was planted in soil collected from all 48 states as well as from the allied nations from the war. A plaque gifted by the Class of 1927 rests at the base of the oak and reads:

“This Oak, Planted June 4, 1921, Commemorates The Efforts, Sacrifices And Achievements Of All Americans Who Gave Their Lives In The World War.

“Its Roots Rest in Soil From All The Allied Nations, From Every State And Dependency Of Our Country, From The Bloody Angle Of Gettysburg And From The Arc De Triomphe Of France.

“On Fames Eternal Camping-Ground Their Silent Tents Are Spread, And Glory Guards With Solemn Round The Bivouac Of The Dead.”[6]

Official names of the college through the years:[7]

  • New York State School Of Agriculture on Long Island, 1912
  • New York State School Of Applied Agriculture on Long Island, 1920
  • State Institute Of Applied Agriculture, 1924
  • State Institute Of Agriculture, 1939
  • Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute, 1946
  • SUNY Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale, 1953
  • Agricultural and Technical College at Farmingdale, 1966
  • SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale, 1987
  • SUNY Farmingdale, 1993
  • Farmingdale State College, 2006


Farmingdale offers more than 45 academic programs that all have a strong technical approach to learning. Each program falls under the authority of one of four Schools. These are the

  • School of Engineering Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Arts and Sciences

At a glance

  • $7,483 annual tuition and fees (in-state residents)(Fall 2014)[8]
  • Named one of the best colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report 2013 & 2011 rankings
  • Offers 29 baccalaureate degrees and 8 associate degrees
  • More than 200 faculty and student recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence
  • More than 40 campus clubs and honor society chapters
  • Highly successful National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III athletics program
  • Numerous technology-enhanced "smart" classrooms
  • New Campus Center opened in 2013
  • New School of Business building opened in early 2015
  • New Children's Center opened in 2013
  • Full professors are paid $109,000.00 annually[9]
  • Associate professors are paid $78,900.00 annually[9]
  • Assistant professors are paid $68,000.00 annually[9]

Student-body profile

  • Enrollment of more than 8,000 students (2013-2014)[1][10]
  • Student body is 30% minority: 17% Hispanic and 10% African American
  • 600 resident students
  • 122 international students
  • Average high-school GPA of 87 for incoming freshmen



The campus spans over 380 acres and has a total of more than 30 buildings. As SUNY's largest college of technology, the campus is a pioneer in renewable energy, through research at the Solar Energy Center (the first center to be accredited in the Northeast and the fourth in the nation), the establishment of the federally funded Green Building Institute, the electric-fuel powered campus fleet, our Solar Carport/Charging Station, and Energy Demonstration House.[12]

The Campus Center features modern dining facilities, a spacious bookstore, a ballroom and meeting rooms, plus a student lounge. The building serves as a campus gathering place, igniting student-faculty interactions, and provides a welcoming environment for visitors to the campus. And in keeping with Farmingdale's efforts in sustainability, the Campus Center also features an energy-efficient roofing structure. Farmingdale State College is primarily a commuter school, but does offer residence halls.


Farmingdale State College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and is a member of the Skyline Conference.The Intercollegiate Athletic Program supports and expands the total educational experience offered by the College. The program serves as a laboratory for the education of the student-athlete, and is conducted in keeping with the general educational mission of the College. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The newly renovated Nold Hall athletic facility offers world-class equipment and facilities.

Notable Alumni

  • Salvatore Ferro- President, CEO and part owner of Allure Home Improvements, Inc.
  • John Romita, Jr. - Illustrator for DC Comics, Superman title and long-time artist for Marvel Comics.
  • William Fichtner - Stage, screen, and television actor who has appeared in the TV series "Invasion" and "Prison Break." He also appeared in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 film)."
  • Michael DenDekker- Member of the New York State Assembly from the 34th district.
  • Ryan LaFlare- Professional mixed martial arts fighter, currently competing in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[13]
  • DJ Richie Rich- Former record producer and turntablist who was best known as a member of the New York-based rap trio 3rd Bass.
  • Roy Gussow- Was an American abstract sculptor known for his public pieces often crafted from polished stainless steel. Examples of his work can be found outside the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
  • William N. Valavanis- A Greek-American bonsai master who carries on Yuji Yoshimura's tradition of teaching Japanese techniques and aesthetics to enthusiasts in the West.
  • Arthur Corwin - President and CEO of the Moretrench American Corporation.
  • Fernando Caldeiro- was a NASA Astronaut. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in Aerospace Technology.
  • Robert Ench- Businessman and entrepreneur


  • According to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report, Farmingdale is ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the north.
  • In 2009, reported that the college ranked 88th among the Top 200 public college's highest graduate earning power.[14]
  • The Daily Beast ranked the college as the fifth-safest campus in the nation.[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Farmingdale State College Enrollement Up". Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Farmingdale State College". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Farmingdale State College". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Sherman, Tamar A. (June 29, 2000). "Community Of Interest / East Farmingdale".  
  5. ^ a b Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2.  
  6. ^ a b "Traditions". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2.  
  8. ^ "Tuition and Fees::Farmingdale State College". Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^ "Farmingdale State College--SUNY". Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "About Farmingdale". Farmingdale State College. 
  12. ^ "Farmingdale Campus Map" (PDF). Farmingdale State College. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ryan LaFlare UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ Staff (November 10, 2009). "Farmingdale State College Nationally Ranked in Graduate Earning Power – Campus Places in the Top 100 of the Nation's Public Colleges and Universities". Long Island Press. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  15. ^ [2]. Farmingdale State College.
  16. ^ Database (undated). "Safest Colleges". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  • rankingUS News
  • Frank J. Cavaioli, Farmingdale State College: A History (SUNY Press, 2012)

External links

  • Farmingdale State College official website
  • Farmingdale State College official athletics website
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