Five Towns College Five Towns College

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Five Towns College

Located at the geographic heart of Long Island, Five Towns College has been preparing students for work in all phases of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. An independent, nonsectarian, coeducational institution, Five Towns College was initially founded by a group of Long Islanders who sought to provide students with an alternative to the "large university" experience. Indeed, FTC is a small college that values the individuality of each student. Today over 900 students come to study at the College's suburban campus at Dix Hills, New York, from every corner of the globe. Students are drawn to the College because of its reputation in music and the performing arts. The contemporary music programs at FTC are easily distinguished from classical music programs offered by other institutions. Indeed, Five Towns College was the first institution in New York State to offer a jazz/commercial music curriculum, and is considered the preeminent school in the region for music business and the recording arts and sciences.

Broadcast Journalismx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalxx 
Cinematography and Film/Video Productionx  
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, Generalx  
Elementary Education and Teachingx  
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Otherx  
Jazz/Jazz Studiesxx 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies x 
Mass Communication/Media Studiesx  
Music Managementxx 
Music Teacher Educationx  
Music, Generalxx 
Percussion Instrumentsxx 
Recording Arts Technology/Technicianxx 
Stringed Instrumentsxx 
Voice and Operaxx 
Woodwind Instrumentsxx 

Academic Life

The most popular programs are music business, childhood education, music performance, music teacher education, audio recording technology, film/video arts, and theatre arts. The College is committed to "hands-on" teaching. Thus, students are expected to become actively involved in out-of-class assignments, projects, recording sessions, television productions, and performance ensembles as may be applicable, so that they may be fully engaged in the academic process and debate. The faculty is more firmly engaged in teaching than it is in research. The College has a learning center, where students may drop in at any time for tutorial assistance in any subject matter offered by the faculty.

Campus Life

Through the elected Student Government, the students determine which extracurricular activities will be supported. Students participate in the Audio Club, The Record (campus newspaper), Year Book and Gospel Choir.  MENC, Phi Sigma National Honor Society, Video Club, Hip Hop Club and various intramural athletic leagues. Suggestions for new clubs and activities are always welcome. The Living/Learning center is a complex of four Residence Halls located on campus. Each building is equipped with a variety of single and double rooms, high speed Internet access, optional cable TV, telephone service and other amenities. 

Facilities and Resources

Five Towns College is located in Dix Hills, New York, the geographic heart of Long Island. Campus facilities and resources include The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts, an "acoustically perfect" auditorium with theatre-style seating for 600; four state-of-the-art recording studios, including an SSL fully automated 72-channel console; and a multi-formatted television studio, which emphasizes Beta Sp, DVCAM and digital formats. The Computer Center is equipped with a local area network (LAN) connecting 50 PCs each equipped with the fastest Pentium processors. Fully modernized MIDI and MAC labs provide the students with the latest technology. The campus gymnasium will include regulation basketball courts, men's and ladies' locker rooms, and an aerobics and dance center, as well as weight training equipment. At the center of the campus is the Upbeat Cafe and Courtyard, the student dining commons, where students gather between or after classes to enjoy a cup of coffee or to catch up on the day's events. The Five Towns College Library is a specialized collection, which uniquely supports the College's curricula. It consists of over 40,000 volumes, and nearly 15,000 non-print items, and subscribes to over 470 periodicals annually. The Library is assembled into a main collection, periodical collection, professional collection, and listening library. The card catalogs, as well as various other resources such as Info-Track and the World Wide Web, are accessible from nearly every PC on campus.

Financial Aid / Tuition

The Financial Aid Office at Five Towns College administered nearly $3.5 million worth of grants and loans. The College participates in all New York State, Title IV, and Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Programs. College grants and scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and/or merit. Transfer student applications are given equal consideration. Scholarships are offered in childhood education, music performance, theatre arts and mass communication.


Five Towns College seeks students who are genuinely able to benefit from the programs of study available at the College. Prospective students must submit a completed application and an official high school transcript. A campus interview is strongly recommended, and required in some cases. The SAT or ACT is required, and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must also submit official transcripts of all college-level work attempted. International applicants must present a TOEFL score of at least 70 (internet score) for undergraduates and 80 for graduates students or demonstrate command of the English language by successfully completed an ESL program approved by the College. An IELTS score of 6.5 for undergraduate and 7.0 for graduates are minimum requirements.  Applicants may apply to Five Towns College on a rolling admissions basis.

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