Farmingdale State College

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Farmingdale State College
Motto Let each become all one is capable of being.
Established 1912
Type Public
President Dr. W. Hubert Keen
Provost Dr. Lucia Cepriano
Undergraduates 8,000[1]
Location East Farmingdale, New York, United States
40°45′10″N 73°25′36″W / 40.752857°N 73.426574°W / 40.752857; -73.426574Coordinates: 40°45′10″N 73°25′36″W / 40.752857°N 73.426574°W / 40.752857; -73.426574
Campus Suburban, 380 acres (1.5 km2)[2]
Colors Green and White          
Nickname Rams
Mascot Rambo the Ram
Affiliations SUNY

Farmingdale State College,[3] is an American institute of higher education located on Long Island in East Farmingdale, New York,[4] with a small section in Old Bethpage. Formerly known as the State University of New York at Farmingdale or SUNY Farmingdale, it is a 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.

It currently offers bachelor's degrees in health sciences, biology, humanities and business along with different technical fields such as various engineering degrees, aeronautical science, computer information systems and construction technology. Farmingdale State College also has several associate degrees in various disciplines.


Founded in April 1912, Farmingdale State College is the oldest public institution of higher education on Long Island.[5] The founding of the College was originally proposed by State Assemblyman John Lupton of Mattituck 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, 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.[7]

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.[8]

The Memorial Oak was planted on June 4, 1921 to memorialize 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 as 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.”[9]

Official names of the college through the years:[10]

  • 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 36 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,
  • The School of Business,
  • The School of Health Sciences and
  • The School of Arts and Sciences.

At a glance[edit]

  • $6,793 annual tuition and fees (in-state residents)[11]
  • Named one of the best colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report 2013 & 2011 rankings
  • Offers 26 baccalaureate degrees and nine associate degrees
  • Ranked the second-safest campus in the U.S. in a nationwide statistical analysis[clarification needed]
  • Highly successful National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III athletics program
  • Numerous technology-enhanced "smart" classrooms
  • New Campus Center opening January 2013
  • New School of Business building to open in 2014
  • New Children's Center to open in 2013.
  • Full professors are paid $109,000.00 annually[12]
  • Associate professors are paid $78,900.00 annually[12]
  • Assistant professors are paid $68,000.00 annually[12]

Student-body profile[edit]

  • Enrollment of more than 8,000 students (2012-2013)[1][13]
  • 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 our 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 and our electric fuel powered campus fleet.[15]

The Campus Center featuring modern dining facilities, a more spacious bookstore, a ballroom and meeting rooms, plus a student lounge, opened January 2013. This new building serves as a campus gathering place, igniting student-faculty inter-actions, 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


The residence halls are convenient to academic and administrative areas on campus and offer an environment that supports and complements your academic endeavors. Residence hall living offers you the opportunity to meet other students and forge friendships that can last a lifetime. It also provides you with the opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyles, as well as learn more about yourself. Students who live in the residence halls can experience significant personal growth as a result of their new found independence

Residence Halls

  • Orchard Hall
  • Dewey Hall
  • Alumni Hall


Farmingdale State College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Rams are a member of the Skyline Conference.The purpose of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program is to support and expand the total educational experience offered by the College. The program serves as a laboratory for the education of the student-athletics 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.

Greek Life[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Michael DenDekker- Member of the New York State Assembly from the 34th district
  • Ryan LaFlare- wrestler; professional mixed martial arts fighter, currently competing in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship[16]
  • DJ Richie Rich- Is a 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 founded outside the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C
  • William N. Valavanis- Is a Greek-American bonsai master who carries on Yuji Yoshimura's tradition of teaching Japanese techniques and aesthetics to enthusiasts in the West


According to the just-released 2013 U.S. News & World Report, Farmingdale is ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the north

In November 2009, the Long Island Press reported that the college ranked 88th among the top-200 public college's highest graduate earning power on PayScale.[17]

As of May 12, 2012, The Daily Beast ranked the college as the fifth-safest campus in the nation for its 2010 listing.[18][19]

See also[edit]


  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". Newsday. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781438443676. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Traditions". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved April, 7 2014. 
  7. ^ Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781438443676. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781438443676. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Traditions". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved April, 7 2014. 
  10. ^ Cavaioli, Frank (2010). Farmingdale State College: A History. New York: SUNY Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781438443676. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tuition and Fees::Farmingdale State College". Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c
  13. ^ "Farmingdale State College--SUNY". Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ [clarification needed] "About Farmingdale". Farmingdale State College. 
  15. ^ "Farmingdale Campus Map". Farmingdale State College. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ryan LaFlare UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ [1]. Farmingdale State College.
  19. ^ Database (undated). "Safest Colleges". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 12, 2012.

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