FAQs About College
Five Towns College on Long Island, NY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Five Towns College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Five Towns College’s initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced education preparation programs in Music Education are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The College’s educational programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education. Detailed information about the College is contained in the most recent college catalog.
You can find answers to our most frequently asked questions about college life, tuition, admissions and more college information below.
1. Where exactly is Five Towns College located?
Five Towns College is in Dix Hills, Suffolk County, New York, the geographic heart of Long Island. Dix Hills is in the Town of Huntington, one of Long Island’s historic North Shore towns. New York City is just a train ride away. Get directions to Five Towns College, and plan your visit today.
2. What is the campus like?
Five Towns College occupies a beautiful 40-acre campus in Dix Hills on Long Island. Approximately 700 full and part-time, graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled. There are four relatively new residence halls surrounded by a protective gate adjacent to the Main building with the Performing Arts Center, Sound Arena, television studios, WFTU radio station, computer labs and the Learning Resource/Library. The Center for Applied Music and Downbeat Student Center offer areas for student practice and entertainment. The Sound Soccer Fields and Upbeat add to the exciting collegiate environment all close to the major Long Island expressways and local towns.
3. What are the admission requirements?
All applicants must submit an admissions application, high school transcript, college transcripts (if applicable), and one letter of recommendation. SAT or ACT scores are optional. In some cases an applicant may be required to sit for an entrance examination administered by the College. See the complete listing of admissions requirements.
4. Is an interview or audition required?
An interview may be required on a case-by-case basis. An audition is required for all applicants seeking admission into the Music Performance or Theatre Arts degree programs, and a portfolio is required for the Film and Television and the Interactive Media Arts programs. In some instances, both the auditions and the portfolios may be pre-recorded and submitted online. For more information about the specifications, please go to: https://www.ftc.edu/audition-portfolio-requirements/
5. How much does it cost to attend?
Five Towns College is one of the most affordable, private, residential colleges on Long Island. Please click here for the updated tuition and fees.
6. Is there financial aid available?
Yes. Approximately 94% of all Five Towns College students receive some form of financial assistance to help pay tuition and other costs. Qualified students may receive state and federal grants, student loans and work-study employment. Need-based, merit-based and talent-based scholarships are also offered. The Financial Aid Office can help you apply for financial aid. Their services are free. Learn more about Financial Aid.
7. Does the College have dorms?
Yes. Students may reside in one of four modern, on-campus residence halls. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, broadband Internet access, personal heat and a/c, and cable television services. Most rooms are double occupancy but, in some instances, and based on proper documentation and availability, single rooms can be requested. Living on campus requires a mandatory meal plan. Learn more by going here: https://www.ftc.edu/student-life/residence-life/
8. Does the College have an internship program?
Yes. Five Towns College provides an internship program, which is required for some degree programs and encouraged in all others. The College is affiliated with some of the most recognized companies in the music and entertainment industry. Among them are Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Def Jam Records, Cablevision, MTV Networks, 20th Century Fox Films, and many more. Annual on-campus career fairs and speaker series provide our students the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from these and other professional organizations. Learn more about Career Services.
9. Can you tell me about campus life?
Campus life is focused on the full range of extra-curricular happenings and events that one could expect from a four-year institution of higher education. The Five Towns College Performing Arts Center typically has a vibrant and busy calendar where Theatre Division productions take center stage, Music Division concerts entertain and Film Festivals are presented for all to enjoy! There is also a full range of sports, multi-media performances and activities taking place.
For instance, the Sound Athletics program offers Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball teams and the institution is a member of the USCAA and the HVIAC. Sound Athletics also has Cross- Country and Esports teams. The Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, and the Office of Campus Events give students a forum to get involved with programming and stay engaged and involved in campus life. The College hosts exciting academic programs such as Jazz Sessions and Open Mic in the Upbeat Cafe so that students can integrate what they are learning about with in the classroom with real life experiences. Overall, the small school environment brings students together to support one another in whatever they enjoy doing. So, whether it is concerts, plays, television or radio productions, sports, or filmmaking, students stay active and engaged during their college years here. Learn more about Student Life.
10. What degrees are offered at Five Towns College?
Bachelor Degree Programs
- Business Management (B.B.A.)
Concentrations: Audio Recording Technology, Marketing, Management, and Music Entertainment Industry Studies
- Film and Television (B.F.A.)
- Interactive Media Arts (B.F.A.)
- Music Performance (Mus.B.)
Concentrations: Audio Recording Technology, Composition, Music Entertainment Industry Studies, Songwriting, and Performance
- Mass Communication- B.S.
Concentrations: Audio Recording Technology, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Live Entertainment and Media Production
- Music Teacher Education (K-12) (Mus.B.)
Concentrations: Instrumental Music and Vocal/Piano/Guitar
- Theatre Arts (B.F.A.)
Concentrations: Acting, Musical Theatre and Theatre Design and Technology
Associate Degree Programs
- Liberal Arts (A.A.)
Concentrations: Audio Recording Technology, Liberal Studies, Music, Music Entertainment Industry Studies, and Theatre Arts
- Interactive Media Arts (A.A.S.)
- Business Administration (A.A)
- Music Performance (A.A.S.)
Graduate Degree Programs
- Master of Music (M.M.)
M.M. Composition; M.M. Music History; M.M.Performance; M.M. Music Technology
- Master of Music (M. M.) Music Education
- Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Degrees: DMA-Composition and Arranging; DMA-Music Education; DMA-Music History and Literature; DMA-Music Performance
- New for Fall 2022: Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Sound Recording Technology