By GREGORY ZELLER //
Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are joining forces to speed students toward their baccalaureate degrees.
Trumpeting a “historic effort,” Farmingdale State College and Garden City-based Nassau Community College on Tuesday announced a new Joint Admissions Program that will “significantly ease the pathway” to bachelor’s degrees for NCC students, according to Farmingdale State.
Specifically, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, students who earn one of 16 related Associate Degrees at NCC will have automatic access to – and a leg up on – 13 Farmingdale State four-year bachelor-degree programs.
That two-year running start thrusts NCC graduates into Farmingdale State bachelor’s degree programs covering a wide range of subjects, including economics, mathematics, business management, bioscience, computer programming, electrical engineering, sport management and other hot 21st century fields.
The program is open to NCC Fall 2019 applicants who will be first-time matriculated freshmen, transfers with fewer than 24 credits from other accredited institutions and current matriculated NCC students who apply to the Joint Admissions Program prior to completing 24 credits.
The transfer students will have the same shot at grants and scholarships as other Farmingdale State students, based on their academic profile, GPA, program of study and need.
While exclusive to Farmingdale State and NCC, the new program is similar to other joint-admissions programs throughout the state university system, ranging from a program connecting Onondaga Community College and Syracuse’s SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to one plugging Suffolk County Community College into Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, Adelphi University, SUNY Old Westbury and NYIT, among other regional institutions.
This newest SUNY team-up is intended to provide “significant convenience for Nassau Community College students, many of whom are attracted to the baccalaureate programs at Farmingdale State College,” noted NCC President Hubert Keen.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Farmingdale on behalf of our students,” Keen said Tuesday.
While the new Joint Admissions Program marks “the largest-ever agreement between the two schools,” NCC-to-Farmingdale State is already a familiar path to many. In the Fall 2018 semester, 329 grads of the Garden City community college transferred to FSC – almost a quarter of all incoming transfer students, according to Farmingdale State, making NCC one of its largest feeder schools.
“Farmingdale State College and Nassau Community College have long worked together in the interests of our students,” FSC President John Nader said in a statement. “This agreement reinforces that strong relationship.
“We look forward to making them feel at home.”