From the School

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.


From The School

Five Towns College seeks students who are generally able to benefit from the programs of study available at the College and who will enrich the lives of their fellow students by actively participating in the academic process and debate. Although all applicants are considered, the College encourages applications from students who have attained a minimum high school grade point average of 80 percent, and SAT scores of approximately 980 (old version) or 1350 (new version). Prospective students must submit a completed application and an official high school transcript. Transfer students must also submit official transcripts of all college-level work attempted. International students must present a TOEFL score of at least 520 (paper test) or its equivalent. The Admissions Office will consider the entirety of a candidate's application before rendering a decision on admissions. Students submitting GED scores of at least 2500 are also invited to apply for admission. Students may be admitted for deferred entrance or advanced standing. The College does accept students on an early admissions basis, although early decision is available. Admission into the Bachelor of Music program is contingent upon passing an audition demonstrating skill in performance on a major instrument or vocally. Applicants for the Theatre program are also auditioned. An interview may be required. Students are accepted on a rolling admission basis and are notified shortly after all required documents have been filed with the admissions office. New students may begin their studies at the start of either the fall semester or the spring semester. There is an application fee of $35. For further information, students should contact: Five Towns College Director of Admissions 305 North Service Road Dix Hills, NY 11746-5871 Telephone: 631-656-2110 World Wide Web:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
400 - 500
SAT Math
360 - 500
SAT Writing
390 - 480
ACT Composite
15 - 20

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities


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Academic Programs

The comprehensive program in Jazz/Commercial Music provides both a common core of technical studies and a foundation for specialized courses in the student's major are of concentration. The Audio Recording Technology includes the study of the theory of sound, recording electronics, engineering procedures, music production techniques, and audio/video post production in a sequence of courses designed to develop practical and technical skills. The Composition/Songwriting concentration provides intensive instruction in harmony, orchestration, counterpoint, MIDI, songwriting, keyboard techniques, form and analysis, commercial arranging and composition. In the Music Business concentration, the coursework includes the technical, legal, production, management, and merchandising and licensing aspects of the music business. The Musical Theatre/Vocal concentration includes coursework in music, movement, acting, voice, general education, and musical theatre production. The Performance concentration provides a foundation of specialized courses such as music history, harmony, counterpoint, improvisation, ensemble performance and private instruction. The Music Education program leads to New York State provisional certification in grades K-12. The Business Management program is designed for students planning to pursue careers as business management/marketing executives with firms in the area of record and music production, broadcasting, concert promotion, radio, television, theatre and communications. The Childhood Education program fulfills the New York State Education Department requirements for the Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (1-6). The Film/Video program is designed to provide the knowledge and technical expertise required to succeed in the wide range of career paths this interesting and expanding field has to offer; including cinematography, motion picture editing, and multi-camera television production. The Broadcasting students explore the technical, legal, programming, and marketing issues that guide mass media companies. In the Journalism concentration, students explore a variety of different journalistic styles, including news, script, feature, magazine, editorial and review writing. The Theatre Arts Program is designed for students interested in a career in the performing arts field as an actor, entertainer, director, stage managers, lighting or sound technician or any other related aspect of the dynamic and rapidly expanding entertainment industry.

Majors and Degrees Offered

2-Year Associate Degree Programs: Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Arts Literature Associate in Science (A.S.) in Business Administration Business Administration Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business Management Audio Recording Technology Business Management Music Business Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Jazz/Commercial Music Music Performance 4-Year Bachelor Degree Programs: Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) in Jazz/Commercial Music Music Performance Composition/Songwriting Musical Theater Audio Recording Technology Music Business Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) in Music Education Music Education Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) in Business Management Audio Recording Technology Music Business Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Film/Video Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Childhood Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mass Communication Broadcasting Journalism Graduate Degree Programs: Master of Music (Mus.M.) in Jazz/Commercial Music Concentrations: Music Performance Composition/Arranging Music History Music Technology Choral Conducting Master of Music (Mus.M.) in Music Education: Music Education Master of Education (M.S. Ed.) Childhood Education Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Music Performance Composition and Arranging Music Education Music History and Literature

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Radio and Television

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Management and Merchandising
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School



From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the tuition at Five Towns College was $20,400. Miscellaneous fees are approximately $600, and books are about $1,000. Private instruction fees for music students are $850 per semester. For information regarding on-campus room and board charges, contact the Five Towns College Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

Although Five Towns College is a modestly priced private institution, we recognize that tuition and fees is beyond the reach of many students. Five Towns College responds to the needs of these students with a comprehensive Financial Aid program. Approximately 81% of all FTC students receive some financial assistance. The Financial Aid Office administers several million dollars of student aid monies every year. FTC students are eligible to participate in all Title IV Student Financial Assistance programs, including Pell, FSEOG, FCWS, and the Direct Student Loan Program. New York State Residents may also participate in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Five Towns College also administers approximately $3,000,000 in grants and scholarships to deserving students. For applications and specific program requirements for each Financial Aid Program, students should contact the Five Towns College Financial Aid Office at (631) 656-2164 as early as possible.


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 30

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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
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Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


34% female
66% male
7% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time


From The School


The College's serene 40-acre campus, located in the wooded countryside of Dix Hills in the town of Huntington, New York, provides students with a park-like refuge where they can pursue their studies. Just off campus is Long Island's bustling Route 110 corridor, the home of numerous national and multinational corporations. New York City, with everything from Lincoln Center to Broadway is just a train ride away and provides students with some of the best cultural advantages in the world. Closer to campus, the many communities of Long Island abound with the cultural and recreational opportunities. The College is located within the historic town of Huntington, which is home to the Cinema Arts Center, Inter-Media Arts Center, Heckscher Museum, Vanderbilt Museum, numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, and quaint shops. The nearby shores of Jones Beach State Park and the Fire Island National Seashore are world renowned for their white, sandy beaches.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Five Towns College campus is equipped with the latest information technology and a wide variety of facilities that support the College's instructional program, student services, and extracurricular activities. These state-of-the-art facilities include three Audio Recording Studios, a Film/Television Studio, Piano Lab, MIDI Lab hosted by Apple iMacs, Computer Graphics/Video Editing Lab hosted by Apple iMacs, PC Lab, as well as the College Library, Learning Center, Music Rooms and Music Studios, Studio Theatres, Upbeat Cafe, Performing Arts Center and the College Store. Five Towns College is licensed by the Federal Communication Commission to operate commercial radio station WFTU (1570 AM). The main broadcast studio is located on the college campus at Dix Hills. The radio station is also streamed on the web. The College Library has more than 60,000 print and non-print materials. These include over 30,000 books, 400 periodical subscriptions, 6,500 records, 3,400 DVDs, and 5,000 CDs, as well as thousands of scores, arrangements, and individual pieces of sheet music. Through its membership in the Long Island Library Resource Council (LILRC), students have access to other libraries around the country. Multi-strand Fiber optic cabling is the College's backbone for its Local Area Network (LAN). A 50Mbps Ethernet hand off provides access to the World Wide Web. All students have access to this network and are provided with an e-mail account.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Off-campus internship opportunities are available for all Five Towns College students who have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites, including a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with a 2.5 in their major. In recent semesters, students have obtained valuable field experience interning for major corporations such as MTV, Atlantic Records, Polygram Records, CBS Records, EMI Records, MCA Records, Cablevision, Channel 12 News, The Power Station, SONY Records, Pyramid Recording Studios, and many others.

Campus Life

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Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

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Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office

305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, NY 11746



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Audio Studios
Film Video Studios
Radio Station

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Close to New York City
Shopping (Malls and Outlets)
Adventure Land (Amusement Park)
Huntington Village

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Open Houses (Dates Vary)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi's, Suffolk County S23 Bus, Babylon Train Station, Wyandanch Train Station, Huntington Train Station, LaGuardia Airport, JFK Airport, Penn Station, Grand Central Station

Driving Instructions to Campus
BY AUTOMOBILE From the East Long Island Expressway (LIE, Interstate Route 495) to Exit 51 Deer Park Avenue (Rte. 231). Continue West on the North Service Road for 1.5 miles to Burrs Lane. Turn right and proceed to College entrance on the right. From the West Long Island Expressway (LIE, Interstate Route 495) to Exit 50 (Bagatelle Road). Turn left on Bagatelle Road and proceed one- half mile to Half Hollow Road. Follow the signs to the College by turning right onto Burr’s Lane and proceed to the College’s entrance, located on the left.

Local Accommodations
Hilton in Melville, Mariott in Melville, Sheraton Four Points in Plainview, Holiday Inn in Hauppauge. Call for more details.
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