SUNY College--Old Westbury

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 210

Old Westbury, NY 11568

Phone: (516) 876-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
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rolling admission

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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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SUNY College--Old Westbury is a public institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,217, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 604 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College--Old Westbury's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,624 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,874 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located on the historic North Shore of New York's Long Island, SUNY College at Old Westbury is a community dedicated to learning and leadership. The College at Old Westbury features a 604-acre campus of spectacular wooded and open land located just 20 miles from the center of New York City. The College at Old Westbury offers students a small college environment where each student is urged to develop his or her own individual talents, learn how that talent can be applied in society, and set the foundation for a lifetime of career, community and personal excellence. Through its broad multidisciplinary liberal arts programs, the College offers programs leading to Bachelor's of Arts, Bachelor's of Science and Bachelor's of Professional Studies degrees in such curricula as the arts, natural and behavioral sciences, business, teacher education and the humanities.

The curriculum at the College at Old Westbury is carefully designed to enable students to compete in the global economy or to pursue further studies at the finest graduate and professional schools.
Students enrolled at the College can select a course of study from the following Schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, Business and Education. The departments within the School of Arts and Sciences are: American Studies; Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Physics; English; History and Philosophy; Mathematics/Computer Information Sciences; Modern Languages; Politics, Economics and Law; Psychology; Sociology; and Visual Arts. The departments within the School of Business are: Accounting; Finance & Business Economics; and Management, Marketing, & Information Systems. The departments within the School of Education are: Childhood Education; Adolescence Education; and Exceptional Education. Graduate programs in Accounting, Taxation, Education and Mental Health Counseling are also available.

The strength of the College's academic offerings has attracted the interest of what has become one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. Offering instruction to this multicultural body of students is an equally diverse, internationally acclaimed faculty that boasts the highest percentage of Distinguished Teaching and Service Professors in the SUNY system. Old Westbury students learn from instructors who include a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Fulbright Scholars, a Guggenheim Fellow, a CASE New York State Professor of the Year and recent recipients of awards and research grants from such prestigious organizations as the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation.
To support its commitment to academic excellence, the College at Old Westbury strives to maintain a vibrant campus community geared to the personal and social growth of its students. Currently, the College offers a wide array of cultural and extracurricular events and supportive services for its students.
At Old Westbury, the cultivation of talents, acquisition of skills, and mastery of a robust core are central. With a guiding hand from a caring faculty, students pursue their studies within an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, where each one is offered the challenge of high standards and is given the support to achieve them. It is in this environment where Old Westbury students are prepared to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever pursuit they choose.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1965
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $168,574


When applying to SUNY College--Old Westbury, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at SUNY College--Old Westbury is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 52 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY College--Old Westbury is 18:1, and the school has 24.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY College--Old Westbury include: Accounting; Psychology, General; Social Sciences, Other; Communication and Media Studies; and Criminology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Accounting 14%
Psychology, General 14%
Social Sciences, Other 8%
Communication and Media Studies 6%
Criminology 6%

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Student Life

SUNY College--Old Westbury has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,217, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. At this school, 22 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78 percent of students live off campus. SUNY College--Old Westbury is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,422
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY College--Old Westbury offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY College--Old Westbury also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY College--Old Westbury, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at SUNY College--Old Westbury.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $6,624 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,874 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,700 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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