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
MottoFocus, Thrive, Create
TypePrivate college
PresidentDr. David M. Cohen
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban 35 acres (14 ha)
ColorsMaroon and White
Nicknamethe Sound
MascotFader the Seagull

Five Towns College is a private college in Dix Hills, New York. The college's degree programs focus on music, media, and the performing arts.


Founded in 1972, Five Towns College holds an Absolute Charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents. The College's name comes from the original proposed campus, which was to be in Lawrence in southwestern Nassau County, New York, an area known as "The Five Towns". However, the college never opened in that location. Its first campus was sited in Merrick, New York (1973–1982). Its second campus was located in Seaford, New York (1982–1992). The college acquired its permanent home in Dix Hills in 1992 and relocated there for the Fall 1992 semester.


The college offers associate, bachelor, master's and doctoral degree programs through eight academic divisions. These include Music, Theatre Arts, Mass Communications, Film/Video, Business and Entertainment Industry Studies, Liberal Arts, Interactive Computer Graphics, and Teacher Education. Popular majors include Audio Recording Technology, Broadcasting, Musical Theatre, Journalism, and Music Teacher Education (Grades K-12).

Although the college offers a comprehensive music program that caters to all musical genres, it was the first in New York State to offer a program which focused on Jazz and Commercial Music. It was also the first to offer a program in Music Business, and has one of the most extensive programs in Audio Recording Technology.

Its programs of study are registered by the New York State Education Department. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). It also holds programmatic accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Student life[edit]

Approximately one-third of Five Towns College students reside on-campus in the college's Living/Learning Center - a complex of four residence halls with private bathrooms, student center and music practice rooms. The college is also home to the John Lennon Center for Music and Technology. The JLC is home to a suite of sound recording studios, film sound stage, interactive computer graphics lab, and student run radio station WFTU. The college is also equipped with a MIDI Studio, Film Editing Lab, and Piano/Keyboard Lab.

The Five Towns College Performing Arts Center is a fully rigged main stage theatre, with seating for 600. The college also includes a black box style playhouse, costume shop, and set design and construction workshop. Through its Theatre Arts Division. the college produces a variety of Broadway-style theatre productions each year, including musicals, dramas, and comedies. Through its Film/Video Division, students produce a variety of motion picture projects, including narrative, experimental and short films. The college annually hosts the Long Island Media Arts Show, The Luminary Student Film Awards, and the Long Island 48-hour Film Festival, among many others.

The Lorraine Kleinman and Stanley G. Cohen Memorial Library/Learning Resource Center (L/LRC) includes an extensive digital and bound collection of materials that support the academic programs. It also includes an Educational Technology Center for the training and development of online learning skills for both students and faculty. Additional support services include Wellness Counseling, Academic Advisement, and Tutoring Services. The college also has a professional Student Success Center, which supports the academic goals of students with documented learning disabilities pursuant to the American's With Disabilities Act (ADA). Five Towns College also offers the only Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) on Long Island, which provides additional support services for students who are designated as both academically and economically disadvantaged by the New York State Education Department.


The Five Towns College Sound Athletic Department is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). It competes as a full member of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC). The college offers men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Since 2020 it has been offering competition in e-sports. The college's mascot is Fader the Seagull (the "national bird" of Long Island). Home games are streamed around the world by Mass Communication degree program students, who provide play-by-play coverage from the College's television lab - Studio 400, which is located adjacent to the Sound Arena.


The college also operates a broadcast transmission facility for its FCC licensed radio station at Riverhead, NY.

College operated radio station broadcasts 24 hours at 1570 AM and streams around the world over the internet. The college anticipates FM broadcast operations to begin during the 2020-21 Academic Year.

Notable alumni[edit]


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