Five Towns College

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Coordinates: 40°47′41″N 73°22′09″W / 40.794789°N 73.369256°W / 40.794789; -73.369256

Five Towns College
Motto A Private College in the Public Service
Established chartered 1972, founded 1974
Type Private for Profit
President Susan Barr (interim)
Academic staff 125
Students 753[1]
Location Dix Hills, NY, USA
Campus Suburban 35 acres (14 ha)
Colors Maroon and White

Five Towns College is a for-profit[2] institution of higher learning located in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York. Although accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the college is on probation for failing to "show it has sufficient leadership to make decisions and fulfill its educational mission."[3]


Five Towns College was founded as a business school in 1972 by Stanley G. Cohen, Ed.D. and Lorraine Kleinman-Cohen, M.A. Programs at the college have moved to cover popular music, theatre, film, and communication.

The original proposed site for this college was to be in Lawrence in southwestern Nassau County, New York, an area known as "The Five Towns", but the college was actually sited in Merrick, New York. Five Towns College moved to Seaford, New York in 1982 and to its current location in Dix Hills in Suffolk County, New York in 1992.

Although the college is a for-profit college, its board of trustees and its founding president Stanley Cohen have argued that the college would be "better positioned to build an endowment if it were a nonprofit." Cohen, however, was removed from office in 2014 and shareholders have filed suit against the plan to make the college non-profit.[4]

The College is the licensee of WFTU, 1570 kHz, in Riverhead, New York a full-time AM broadcast station, which returned to the air in September 2013.[5]

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Five Towns College offers degree programs in:

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