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Morrisville State College Sees Record Number of Applications

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— It’s been a historic year. Morrisville State College welcomed its largest freshmen class in four years this past fall and now it is surpassing its admissions expectations for this coming fall, setting a record in the overall number of applications.

Morrisville State is still accepting applications until the first day of classes, Aug. 24, but expects to receive more than 5,200 of them this year, a 13 percent increase compared to last year, according to Thomas VerDow, director of admissions.

The wave of applications is attributable to several factors, VerDow said, among them the college’s 22 bachelor degree programs which have spurred substantial interest from prospective students and the college’s national reputation as a leader in integrating technology into the campus culture.

Additions in the college’s fleet of programs overall have piqued interest while new bachelor degrees have helped students choose Morrisville for more than just two years.

“Students now realize that you can begin in an associate degree, graduate and continue at Morrisville to earn a baccalaureate degree,” VerDow said.

They can also start out as a freshman in many of the bachelor degree programs.

“With so many choices, Morrisville State College has become a popular option for a college-bound student who is interested in a four-year experience here in Central New York,” he said.

An overall increased awareness of the college also factors in its boost in applications.

“More people are seeing the quality and exceptional value of an education at Morrisville,” VerDow said.

Among majors seeing an increase in applications are bachelor degrees in business administration, criminal justice and journalism and communications for online media, associate and bachelor degrees in nursing and the associate degree in sports, nutrition and fitness management, according to VerDow. 

The largest flux is coming from transfer students to four-year programs, a 34 percent bump.

Equally enticing to students is the college’s expertise in applied research and technology.

Students gain real-world experience, taking what they have learned in the classroom and putting it to use in on-campus learning laboratories and off-campus internships.

The college is also highly visible, actively recruiting at high schools, college fairs and specialty programs across the state and throughout the Northeast.

Internet access is also making it easy to learn about and apply to colleges, VerDow said.

Morrisville State College’s increase in applications means it can be more selective and communicate more effectively with a larger pool of applicants.

“We are able to be more selective and enroll the students that are the best fit for Morrisville,” VerDow said.
Applications are treated individually.

“We look at academic preparation, standardized exam scores, essays, letters of recommendation and the best possible fit to Morrisville,” VerDow said.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.