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SUNY Canton Hits All-Time Enrollment High

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

CANTON – SUNY Canton’s Fall 2008 enrollment is the highest in the college’s 102-year history, surpassing 3,000 students for the first time.

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The previous headcount highpoint was during the 1975-76 academic year when 2,833 students were enrolled.

The College has experienced dramatic growth over the last several years. Enrollment is up 10 percent from last year, 20 percent from four years ago, and more than 50 percent from the 1995-96 academic year, when there were a total of 2,013 students. There are currently 3,056 students enrolled this Fall.

College officials cite a number of reasons for the explosive increase, including several new highly-popular bachelor’s degree programs, returning students staying for four years instead of two, more transfer students, more international students, and a huge class of more than 1,300 new students.

“It’s been an incredible period of growth in the last 15 years,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy, who began his presidency in 1993. “Our faculty members have led the way by designing new in-demand career-oriented programs and diligently working to help transition seamlessly from a two-year college to a four-year college that offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 15 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed online. SUNY Canton OnLine, known as SUNY Canton OL, also continues to experience dramatic growth. The college is offering more than 100 online courses this semester, which is a 60 percent increase from just two years ago.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said. “It has allowed students to enroll in courses from all over the world. This year’s first-year class includes students from 12 different countries and 20 different states.”

Applications from prospective students increased nearly 20 percent last year, 28 percent from four years ago, and approximately 50 percent from the Fall ’97 semester. That trend is expected to continue with the addition of up to five new bachelor’s degrees within the next year.

“We’re the fastest growing college in Northern New York,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “The College has been progressing steadily since Dr. Kennedy took over 15 years ago, and lately it’s just been remarkable.”

In the last 15 years, the College has built new buildings, renovated numerous facilities, started offering bachelor’s degrees, began offering online classes, developed SUNY Canton OnLine, started offering completely online programs, as well as grown its Foundation assets from $1 million to more than $14 million, and much more.

Media inquiries should be directed to Randy Sieminski, Director of Public Relations, or call 315/386-7300.

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SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor Excels in Ironman Competition

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Bryan ParkerCANTON – SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor Bryan Parker had an extraordinary debut as an Ironman tri-athlete, finishing third in his age group and 52nd overall in the Ford Lake Placid Ironman event on Sunday.

Overcoming torrential downpours and painful blisters, the Canton native finished the race in an amazing time of 10 hours 0 minutes 57 seconds. The race is a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike, and then a marathon (26.2 mile run.) More than 2,300 people competed in the race.

Despite a flat tire in the biking portion of the event that delayed him for more than 12 minutes, Parker placed just 40 seconds behind the winner in his 18-24 year-old age group and 10 seconds behind the second place finisher in the group. Had his tire not gone flat, he would have undoubtedly finished first in his age group and in the top 25 overall.

Parker is a 2002 graduate of Hugh C. Williams High School of Canton. He previously finished first in his division and third overall at the Tupper Lake Tinman event on June 30, an event that is half the distance of the Ironman.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Potential Record Enrollment for SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Students in plazaIncreases in freshmen applications, transfers, continuing students and returning students are likely to generate the largest enrollment in the history of SUNY Canton this fall.

The school recorded its highest enrollment in 32 years last year and the second highest in school history. SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. That number is likely to be surpassed this fall.

Last fall, 2,776 students enrolled for the 2007-08 academic year, an increase of 158 students from the 2006-07 academic year. College officials are anticipating even more growth with the possibility of reaching 3,000 students in 2008-09 for the first time ever. They are attributing the College’s growth to a number of factors.

“More and more students are approaching college as an investment toward their career, instead of just paying for an education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That’s our specialty. We’re a great value and an excellent return on investment. We don’t just educate students, we help them develop their careers. In essence, they’re investing in themselves.”

Applications for this fall are up 16 percent from last year, 27 percent from two years ago, and 29 percent from four years ago. Admissions Director Jonathan Kent expects the College to process an all-time record number of freshmen, transfer, and overall applications. The College has already received more than 3,250 applications.

“Prospective students today are looking for quality, affordability, and results,” Kent said. “They recognize that SUNY Canton can give them all of that and much more. As a result, it’s been an extraordinary recruiting year for us.”

With 15 bachelor’s degree programs, students are now staying longer than when the school exclusively offered associate degrees. Former students are returning to earn their four-year degrees, and a growing number of international students, particularly from Bosnia, Russia, and Ukraine, are also contributing to the enrollment increase.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The College is offering more than 100 online courses this fall and expects more than 2,000 online course enrollments.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said. “We’ve nearly doubled the number of online courses in just the past two years.”

SUNY Canton OL had 210 online-only students last fall, a 52 percent increase from the previous fall’s total.

In the past 18 months, the College has added three new bachelor’s degrees: Graphic and Multi Media Design, Dental Hygiene, and Industrial Technology Management.

“The overall growth in our enrollment is beneficial not only to the College, but also to our local economy and businesses,” Kennedy said. “We conservatively estimate that every 100 students add an additional $250,000 annually to the North Country economy, so this growth is good news for all of us.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Unveils Website-based Social Networks

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton has unveiled two online social networks to help further link today’s web-savvy students, prospective students, and alumni with the college.

“Similar to social network sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, we’ve decided to create our own SUNY Canton specific social networking sites,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is one of the primary ways young people meet and communicate. We want to utilize the technologies that students are using to help ease their transition into college life, or help our alumni reconnect with their alma mater.”

The college constructed “Be a Roo” for admitted students who plan on attending SUNY Canton in Fall 2008 and “MyCanton” for current students and alumni. Both are user-controlled and self-modifiable networking gateways that allow users to select friends, create a photo gallery, stream music, and communicate via message board or “wall” posts. Be a Roo has an integrated live chat feature that allows students to talk directly to admissions counselors.

“Admitted students are communicating directly with each other, forming friendships, and becoming familiar with SUNY Canton,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “If they have questions about accommodations, services and scholarships, we have people to answer in an easy access and fun format.”

Some admitted students have been finding peers with like interests and preparing for their first-year as college students. A number of integrated applications add fun to networking site. Users can add post-it notes, get concert and event information, add YouTube videos and import “widgets” for their personal pages. They have also been joining each other in groups relating to athletic teams, academic majors, and social interests.

The MyCanton network has garnered campus-wide attention. Users have the option to create their own groups within the MyCanton site, so clubs and organizations have been using it as a tool to communicate and recruit new members.

The groups on MyCanton vary from the college’s student government to a forum for New York Giants fans at SUNY Canton.

MyCanton will also help create connections between current students and alumni at the college. Alumni can mentor students, find out about current happenings on campus, lend insight into post graduate career opportunities, or even make a job offer to a qualified senior.

Admitted students who want to join Be a Roo, need to email superroo@canton.edu and current students or alumni email webmaster@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Offering Instant Admissions Sessions

Monday, January 14th, 2008

SUNY ApplicationSUNY Canton admissions counselors will be holding instant admissions sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Jan. 14 until the first day of Spring Semester, Jan. 21 in the College’s French Hall offices.

“Students typically must send an application in for review before starting college,” said Jonathan Kent, SUNY Canton Director of admissions “We can eliminate all of that waiting and give students an answer quickly with instant admissions.”

For future students to complete the admission process, they should bring an official high school transcript or official GED test scores, a check or money order for their $40 application fee, and a completed application. Transfer students should also bring official transcripts from their previous college.

SUNY Canton financial aid counselors are also available to help students and their parents and can explain deferred tuition payment options. Potential students applying for financial aid should bring with them a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Appointments are not necessary, but strongly recommended. Call 315-386-7123/ 800-388-7123 to schedule an appointment.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

 

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SUNY Canton’s Enrollment Second Highest in College History

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

SUNY Canton’s Fall 2007 enrollment is the highest in 32 years and the second highest in school history, topped only by its 1975-76 headcount highpoint.

To date, 2,776 students have enrolled which is an increase of 158 students from last year’s total of 2,618, which was the fourth highest enrollment figure in the college’s history.

“The growth in our enrollment not only reflects well on the college, but it’s also a tremendous boost to our local economy and businesses,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “By offering more bachelor’s degrees, we’re seeing a large increase in the number of transfer, continuing and returning students. Students are transferring here from other two- and four-year schools, and current students are staying here to earn their bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed totally online.

“Our bachelor’s degree students are often older and more financially independent than traditional two-year students,” Kennedy added. “These students make a significant impact on the area’s economy.”

SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. The only other time the college had surpassed 2,700 students was in the Fall of 1981-82 academic year with 2,704 students. This year’s enrollment growth includes 1,254 first-time SUNY Canton students, including 404 transfer students.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The college is offering 84 online courses this semester, which is a 40 percent increase from a year ago. There are a total of 1,880 online course enrollments, which reflects a 29 percent increase from last Fall.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said.

SUNY Canton OL has 210 online only students this semester, a 52 percent increase from last Fall’s total of 138.

According to Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent, “It’s been exciting to see almost 1,300 new students enroll at SUNY Canton, including students from Bosnia, Ukraine, and Russia. It is also exciting to know that our Fall enrollment numbers will continue to grow as we accept applications for our Late Start Program, which offers classes that begin in mid-September and mid-October.”

 

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Why Wait? Instant Admissions at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

It’s not too late to begin a hands-on education at SUNY Canton this Fall.

SUNY Canton’s admissions counselors are now conducting instant admissions, enabling prospective students who have not yet applied to begin college this fall.

“Instant admission sessions eliminate the processing time and waiting,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan D. Kent. “With the proper forms, we are able to make a decision within minutes of reviewing an application.”

Instant admissions are underway and will run through the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 28, at SUNY Canton.

For prospective students to fully complete the admission process, they should bring an official high school transcript or official GED test scores, a check or money order for their $40 application fee, and a completed application. If students have previously attended college, they should also bring official transcripts.

SUNY Canton financial aid counselors are also available to help students and their parents and can explain deferred tuition payment options. Potential students applying for financial aid should bring with them a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Appointments are not necessary, but strongly recommended to avoid wait time. Call 315-386-7123/ 800-388-7123 to schedule an appointment. The Admissions Office is located in French Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours are available by appointment.

 

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Applications on the Rise at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Applications to attend SUNY Canton this fall are up nearly 20 percent from last year and almost 30 percent from five years ago. Acceptances to the College are up by similar percentages.

“We’re on a pace right now to receive the largest number of applications in the college’s history,” said Vice President for Advancement Dave Gerlach. “Combined with a large number of continuing students, we’re projecting one of the highest enrollment years in the history of the college this fall.”

SUNY Canton began the 2006-07 academic year with just over 2,600 students, the fourth largest number in the college’s 100-year history and the highest since 1990-91.

More than 2,300 applications have been received to date, up by more than 350 from last year and an increase of more than 500 from five years ago. SUNY Canton has surpassed 3,300 applications just twice in college history.

Final Spring Open House is April 21

SUNY Canton will offer this academic year’s final Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 21.

Although the Open House is free, reservations are required through the Admissions Office at 1-800-388-7123 or 315-386-7123. Online reservations can also be made at www.canton.edu.

Following a 9 a.m. registration, participants will learn about the financial aid and admissions process and take a tour of campus. Later, students meet with faculty about SUNY Canton’s academic programs.

Participants will also have lunch, free of charge, in Chaney Dining Center, which serves the students that live in SUNY Canton’s residence halls.

Prospective students that are unable to attend Saturday’s Open House should call or email the Admissions Office for an individual appointment.

 

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