Farmingdale State College was founded in 1912 and is known as a stellar technology school. The School of Business is preparing students for cutting edge careers by seamlessly fusing technology and business together in ways that inspire students to shape their future. The SoB is composed of six departments: Business Management, Computer Systems, Applied Economics, Sport Management, Urban Horticulture and Design, and Visual Communications. Farmingdale was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in 2018 among Top Public Colleges in the North. In 2019, Forbes named FSC a “Best Value School.” Tuition at FSC is economically feasible, with students earning under $125,000 annually qualifying for free tuition through a statewide initiative.
Innovative bachelor’s degrees are offered in Business Analytics, Business Management, Global Business Management, Computer Programming and Information Systems, Applied Economics, Sport Management, Horticultural Technology Management, Art and Graphic Design, and Interaction Design. Business Management majors may focus on Accounting, Management, Marketing, International Business, or select electives from multiple areas. Global Business Management students are strongly encouraged to study outside of the United States and must complete six credit hours of Global Business electives.
Students can complement their degree with a minor in Organizational Leadership, Legal Studies, Computer Networking, Management Information Systems, Mobile Applications Development, Web Development, or Economics.
Certificates are also available in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Computer Information Systems, Computer Systems Technology, Cisco Certified Network Associate, and Ornamental Horticulture. All Farmingdale students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of applied learning. Some options include undergraduate research, field study, Day of Service and Advocacy, and co-op programs.
There are vast opportunities for business students to get involved, which can significantly increase their ability to get hired after graduation. Students can be groomed for a successful career through the Business Internship Program. Horticulture students can complete a summer internship at the Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens, over five acres of themed gardens. Economic students can study economic trends of Long Island’s top industries at the Business and Economics Research Center. Some of the organizations available for business students include Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, the International Business Club, Computer Technology Club, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Design Club, the Economics Club, Sports Management Club, Horticulture Club, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
The Nexus Learning Center features the Sherwin-Williams Sales Competition open to students from all SUNY campuses and the Innovation Challenge. In 2020, a Business Management student was awarded 2nd place and $2,000 in the sales competition. The Innovation Challenge turns students’ great ideas into cash prizes up to $1,000 and gives them the chance to network with industry experts. Students can also compete in the Business Plan Competition, which consists of a 10-minute presentation about their start-up.
Nexus also has a team of career specialists ready to help students create digital business cards, workshops on managing a professional image on social media, and access to New York’s most coveted in-person and virtual career fairs. Companies that recruit business students include Capital One, Kellogg’s, PNC Financial Services Group, and Wells Fargo.