Consumer Information for all current and prospective Five Towns College students is included below. This is in compliance with regulatory, state, and federal statutes and the requirements of accrediting agencies, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and others.
COST OF ATTENDANCE
- Undergraduate/Graduate Cost of Attendance and Refund Polices can be found here.
- Net Price Calculator can be found here.
- The Satisfactory Academic Policy (SAP) can be found here.
- Important financial aid forms and links can be found here.
- The College holds an Absolute Charter issued by the NYS Board of Regents and its programs of study are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
- The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and its teacher education division is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- Five Towns College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
- Five Towns College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
- More information about accreditation can be found here.
The College’s 2022-23 and 2023-24 Academic Calendars can be found here.
STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND OUTCOMES DATA
For information about the institution’s Student Learning Assessment Plan and how it verifies student outcomes data, please learn more by clicking here.
Information about alternate measures of student success can be found here.
Effective July 1, 2019, Five Towns College has adopted and will be bound by the gainful employment rule as amended in 84 FR 31392, as published on July 1, 2019.
GRADUATION AND COMPLETION RATES
The College submits updated data to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Information about its Graduation Rates can be found here.
NYS MUSIC TEACHER EDUCATION PASS RATE
Click here to learn more about the Music Teacher Education Program and pass rates. Also, consult with the New York State Department of Education website for an overview of the accreditation process and registered programs.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICIES, ARTICULATION AND DUAL ENROLLMENT AGREEMENTS
- Information about College Transfer Credit policies can be found here.
- The College has several Articulation Agreements with other institutions of higher education. Click here to see these and/or contact the Registrar’s Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Information about Dual Enrollment Agreements can be found here.
ASSIGNMENT OF CREDIT HOUR
The College adheres to the NYSED Regulations of the Commissioner which state:
Semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments, except as otherwise provided pursuant to section 52.2(c)(4) of this Subchapter. This basic measure shall be adjusted proportionately to translate the value of other academic calendars and formats of study in relation to the credit granted for study during the two semesters that comprise an academic year.
This can be found on the OCUE website.
This information is also available in the College’s Catalog.
The College follows the Carnegie hour system described as:
“Postsecondary Credit Systems
Semester Calendar Credit Hours. Most U.S. higher education institutions operate on an academic year divided into two equal semesters of 15-16 weeks’ duration, with a winter break of 2-3 weeks and a summer session of 10-12 weeks, plus additional shorter breaks. The actual amount of academic work that goes into a single semester credit hour is often calculated as follows:
One lecture (taught) or seminar (discussion) credit hour represents 1 hour per week of scheduled class/seminar time and 2 hours of student preparation time. Most lecture and seminar courses are awarded 3 credit hours. Over an entire semester, this formula represents at least 45 hours of class time and 90 hours of student preparation.”
For more information about the Carnegie hour unit, please visit the Carnegie Foundation Website.
STUDENT LOAN COHORT DEFAULT RATES
Information about the institution’s Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates can be found here.
FEDERAL STUDENT AID INSTITUTION COMPOSITE RATIOS
In compliance with the Federal government’s Title IV requirements, the College’s financial responsibility is included in the Federal Student Aid Financial Responsibility Composite Score Data. Information about composite ratios and a listing of recent composite ratio scores is available here.
Five Towns College has maintained financially responsible composite ratio scores for the three most recent data cycles.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Information about academic support, tutoring, student access and reasonable accommodations and disability services can be found here. Please also review the Student Access and Disability Services section of the College Catalog, available here.
STUDENT LIFE & FACILITIES
Student Rights and Responsibilities related to Title IX, gender-based misconduct or NYS Education law, Article 129-B and the institutional Code of Conduct can be found here.
EQUITY IN ATHLETICS DATA ANALYSIS, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
As stated on its website, “The Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. This analysis cutting tool was designed to provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to equity in athletics data. The data are drawn from the OPE Equity in Athletics Disclosure Website database. This database consists of athletics data that are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), via a Web-based data collection, by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (i.e., those that participate in federal student aid programs) and that have an intercollegiate athletics program.”
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY POLICY & PROGRAM CONTACT PERSON:
The Five Towns College Director of Information Technology (IT), Mr. Craig Healy, is the institutional contact person. He can be reached at email@example.com and/or (631) 656-3150. He is aware of the policy and actively managing the institution’s security program.