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SUNY College at Old Westbury

Contact Information 
SUNY College at Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568

    SUNY College at Old Westbury

About the College 
SUNY Old Westbury was originally founded in 1965 at Planting Fields in Oyster Bay at the former Coe Estate and Arboretum. By 1971, the college outgrew this estate and moved to its current site in Old Westbury. Currently located on over 600 acres of serene wooded land on Long island, this was the estate of Ambrose Clark, a well known agriculturalist, industrialist, and philanthropist.

While at first they appear to be just another public college located on Long Island, there is more than meets the eyes. Since its inception, SUNY Old Westbury has prided itself as being a very diverse campus. In fact, the first class in 1968 was made up of only 85 students from all over the US. As they continued to grow, so did their diverse student population. Now, not only does the Old Westbury campus cater to students in the US, but also students in 20 other countries around the world.

SUNY Old Westbury is ideally located. Basically there is something to do and enjoy minutes from the campus in any direction. Within a 20 mile radius you can enjoy picturesque beaches, excellent restaurants, and world class entertainment either at venues in Westbury or in downtown New York.

Much like other colleges and universities on Long Island, SUNY Old Westbury offers many activities for students. Students who attend the Old Westbury campus have a choice of more than 50 different organizations and clubs to join. With such an amazing selection to choose from, each student should be able to find something that will enhance their learning and promote cross cultural awareness and understanding.

They go above and beyond catering to students who have children below the school age. They offer an early childhood developmental program. This program located in the College Campus Center offers both daycare and preschool programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. With cost well below regular daycare and preschool programs, SUNY Old Westbury has found a way to tap into parents who want to continue and even further their education without having to worry about their young children.

If you are looking for a college that not only has over 40 programs of study and offers lots for students to do, then SUNY Old Westbury is a college that you will definitely want to check out. You would be hard-pressed to find a better public educational institution that offers such a diverse curriculum of degrees and is located so centrally that you can enjoy lots of wonderful activities both on and off campus.
Degrees Offered:
  • Less than one year certificate
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Other College Details:
  • 4-year, Public
  • Suburb: Large
  • Housing on Campus: Yes

Enrollment - Fall 2006 
Total Enrollment Undergraduate
3,450 3,411

Undergraduate Attendance Status
Part Time Full Time
614 2,797

Undergraduate Student Gender
Men Women
1,340 2,070

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity
White Black Hispanic Asian American
989 955 580 205 0 68 2,319

Undergraduate Student Age
24 years of age or Younger 25 years of age or Over
614 1,091

General College Information 
Special Learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army, Air Force)
  • Teacher certification
  • Distance learning opportunities
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
Carnegie Classification
  • Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Student Services
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling service
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers
  • On-campus day care for students' children
Religious Affiliation
  • Not applicable
Federal Aid
  • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Credit Accepted
  • Dual credit
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits

Estimated Student Expenses (Before Aid) 
Prices for Undergraduate Academic year

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007 2005-2006
Tuition and Fees
In State$0$0$5,177$5,071$5,071
Out Of State$0$0$11,431$11,331$11,331
Books and supplies$0$0$800$800$675
Living Arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$0$0$6,583$6,583$6,583
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2007-20082006-20072005-2006
In State
On Campus$0$0$16,737$15,914$15,789
Off Campus$0$0$15,335$15,229$15,104
Off Campus with Family$0$0$8,642$8,536$8,411
Out Of State
On Campus$0$0$22,991$22,991$22,991
Off Campus$0$0$21,589$21,489$21,364
Off Campus with Family$0$0$14,896$14,796$14,671

Note: Expenses data applies to first time full time degree (or certificate) seeking students.

Programs / Majors

Completions 2006-2007
Bachelor Master
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 24 -
Category Total 24 -
Biological and biomedical sciences
Biochemistry 4 -
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 -
Category Total 11 -
Business, management, marketing, and related support services
Accounting 81 10
Business Administration and Management, General 42 -
Finance, General 28 -
Labor and Industrial Relations 11 -
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 20 -
Category Total 182 10
Communication, journalism, and related programs
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric 48 -
Category Total 48 -
Computer and information sciences and support services
Computer and Information Sciences, General 8 -
Information Science/Studies 28 -
Category Total 36 -
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 7 -
Biology Teacher Education 1 -
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 -
Elementary Education and Teaching 64 -
Foreign Language Teacher Education 0 -
Mathematics Teacher Education 12 -
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 0 -
Social Studies Teacher Education 6 -
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 -
Special Education and Teaching, General 21 -
Category Total 114 -
English language and literature/letters
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 21 -
Category Total 21 -
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature 8 -
Category Total 8 -
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 7 -
Category Total 7 -
Mathematics and statistics
Mathematics, General 8 -
Category Total 8 -
Philosophy and religious studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 2 -
Category Total 2 -
Physical sciences
Chemistry, General 1 -
Category Total 1 -
Psychology, General 80 -
Category Total 80 -
Social sciences
Criminology 32 -
Social Sciences, Other 38 -
Sociology 37 -
Category Total 107 -
Visual and performing arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General 4 -
Category Total 4 -
Grand Total 653 10

Note: Data shown are for first majors.


Undergraduate application fee (2007-2008): $40
Undergraduate Admissions: Fall 2007
Number of applicants397716242352
Percent admitted54.9%54.9%55.0%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2007 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading440510
SAT Math450530
SAT Writing420500
ACT Composite1822

Retention and Graduation Rate

Retention Rates
Full Time Students
First-time student retention72%

Note: Retention rates measure the percentage of entering students who continue their studies the following fall.

Graduation Rates For full-time, first-time undergraduates who began program in 2000
Percentage of entering students counted in calculating graduation rate:40%
Overall graduation rate:33%
Transfer out Rate:36%

Overall graduation rate by gender28%36%

4 year5 year6 year
Bachelor's Degree Rate15%29%33%

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic (!)Asian/Pacific Islander (!)Race/ethnicity unknown
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity 33% 45% 30% 9% 27%

Note: (!) Interpret data with caution. There are insufficient cases for a reliable estimate.
Note: One or more categories are not present in the race/ethnicity graph because of an insufficient number of cases.
Note: Graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students who complete their program in a certain time. We report an overall graduation rate that counts students as graduates if this is their first time in college, they study full time, and they complete their program within 150% of its normal time. For a four-year degree program, entering students who complete within six years are counted as graduates.
Transfer-out rates measure the percentage of entering students who transfer to another institution within 150% of normal time to program completion.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate students: 2005-2006
Received AidDid NOT Receive Aid
Percentage of students receiving any financial aid81%19%

Federal GrantsState/Local GrantsStudent Loans
Percentage of students receiving types of financial aid54%75%54%
Average amount of types of financial aid received$2,985$2,404$1,654

Note: Data apply to first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students. Note: For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.


Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationAction
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education1/1/1976Accredited

Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationAction
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools5/17/2007Accredited

Quick Link: Financial Aid for Postsecondary Students - Accreditation & Participation.

Varsity Athletic Teams

2006-2007 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football)MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country66

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