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Winterterm Enrollment Grows 60 Percent

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw exactly 800 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm ever.

Winterterm enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago in 2005-2006.

Winterterm enrollment mirrors the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for the past two years, including 3,300 students at the beginning of the Fall 2009 Semester.

“Our back-to-back record-setting enrollment, along with incredible Winterterm and Summerterm growth demonstrates how well students and community members are recognizing the excellent academic programs that we offer,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve broadened the access to a quality career-driven higher education through affordable tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that for the second straight year, nearly 60 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded course selection.”

The College’s Director of Admissions, Jonathan Kent credits the career-driven educational focus for much of the expansion. “Whether we’re talking about our specialty Winterterm or Summerterm sessions, or our traditional semester, we are without a doubt the fastest growing college in the North Country,” he said. “There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, students will probably have a career waiting for them when they graduate.”

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


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SUNY Canton’s First-Year Enrollment Up 20 Percent

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

For the second consecutive year, SUNY Canton has reached an all-time enrollment high. More than 3,300 students are enrolled for the Fall 2009 Semester, topping last year’s previous record of 3,056 students.

First-year, full-time students recorded the largest percentage increase among student categories with a new freshmen class of 972 students. That’s a 20 percent increase from last year’s large incoming class of 810 and a 32 percent increase for the full-time, first-year class of two years ago.

“We are strategically growing our way through the statewide SUNY budget crisis,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve had a remarkable response to our in-demand, career-oriented degrees, particularly our newest bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. Students are recognizing the great value of a SUNY Canton education.”

Enrollment Increases

While enrollments are generally up throughout the SUNY system, SUNY Canton’s freshmen increase is likely among the largest. Overall College enrollment as of Wednesday morning was 3,343 students. Prior to last year, the College’s record enrollment was during the 1975-76 academic year when 2,833 students were enrolled.

“We’ve had back-to-back extraordinary recruiting years accompanied by a steady growth of continuing and returning students,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “That has also allowed us to increase our selectivity, particularly in our most competitive programs. We denied nearly twice as many applicants this year than last year.”

International and online programs have also seen dramatic growth over the past several years. More than 300 Bosnian students will be taking courses online from the American University of Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are among the total of more than 1,600 new students this year, which includes 211 full-time transfer students.

“As one of the largest businesses in this area, SUNY Canton recognizes its obligation to help the local economy battle through tough economic times,” said Kennedy. “We strive to be a leader in that area. We have the ability to do that by creating desirable, modern, innovative academic programs that attract more students. Those students come to the North Country and make an immediate, significant impact on the area’s businesses.”

The College has experienced dramatic growth over the last several years. Enrollment is up nearly 10 percent from last year, 28 percent from two years ago, and more than 60 percent from the 1998-99 academic year, when there were a total of 2,078 students.

“Our four-day academic week and our online classes are very popular,” added Kent. “They are among the many factors that explain why more and more students are choosing SUNY Canton. This year, we have also welcomed more than 50 former General Motors and Alcoa employees from Massena who are looking to transform or ignite their careers.”

Applications from prospective students increased 22 percent in the last year, 37 percent from two years ago, and were 77 percent higher than the Fall 2000 semester.

Northland Associates of Syracuse, a company that employs and subcontracts numerous local workers, is currently constructing SUNY Canton’s new $41 million athletic facility. The College also plans to begin building a new residence hall within the next year or two. SUNY Canton is expecting to add as many as five new bachelor’s degrees within the next year, including Sports Management, Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Renovations were recently completed on the College’s nursing laboratories, and renovation work is nearly complete in Nevaldine Technology Center, home of the College’s Engineering Technology programs.

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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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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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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