Nestled in the rolling hills of Long Island's North Shore, Five Towns College offers students the opportunity to study in a suburban environment that is within easy access of New York City. Founded in 1972 by a group of educators and community leaders who wished to provide students with an alternative to the large university atmosphere, Five Towns College is a nonsectarian, coeducational institution that places its emphasis on the student as an individual. Many students are drawn to Five Towns College because of its strong programs in music and music-related fields. Five Towns College is an institution of higher learning that offers two-year, four-year, master and doctoral degree programs. From as far away as England and Japan and from as close as Long Island and New York City, the 1,000 full-time students who attend the College reflect a rich cultural diversity. The College's enrollment is currently 60 percent men and 40 percent women; there is a minority population of approximately 35 percent. The College's music programs are contemporary in nature although classical musicians are also part of this creative community. Coeducational living accommodations are available on campus. Each Residence hall contains single and double occupancy rooms equipped with private bathrooms, broadband Internet access, cable television and other amenities. The College serves the cause of business, education, and the performing arts with emphasis on Jazz/Commercial music. The most popular programs are audio recording technology, broadcasting, journalism, music performance, music business, music and elementary education, theatre, and film/video production. The College seeks to foster, in those who participate in its intimate community, a noble commitment to ethical, intellectual, and social values and seeks to encourage and stimulate the pursuit of lifelong learning. It encourages its students to respect the differences of others as well as to develop their own unique talents to the fullest. To ensure that students place such high demands upon themselves, the College seeks out for its faculty, men and women who are committed to excellence in teaching, guidance, and scholarship. Five Towns College, in its recruitment and retention of individuals for membership in our college community, maintains an openness to all qualified persons.