Five Towns College 2019-2020 Catalog 
    Sep 17, 2021  
Five Towns College 2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is on the 100-level wing of Old Main, and is where the Academic Support Center is housed. The Academic Support Center is open to all Five Towns College students on a drop-in basis. The Center provides tutoring, academic counseling, learning strategy seminars, and a variety of other services designed to help each student reach their academic potential. The Center also administers the College’s HEOP and Student Access Office.

  • HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) is designed for academically and economically disadvantaged students. If selected for the program, HEOP participants are required to attend a pre-freshman program during the summer preceding fall entry. Advising, counseling, tutoring and financial assistance are provided for these students for the duration of their degree programs if eligibility requirements are continuously met.
  • Student Access Office is designed to provide support services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.

Tutorial Services

One of the forms of academic assistance given to students who require help in their courses is the tutoring service provided by faculty members and peer tutors. A student can see their instructors during office hours. A student can also receive assistance in the Academic Support Center.

Students who have specific questions or need extra attention in order to master course material in Keyboard, Harmony, Sight Singing or Ear Training classes may obtain assistance from a member of the music faculty in the Music Division Office, the Keyboard Lab, or the Student Success Center.

Academic Advisement

Academic planning and advisement are an integral part of the ongoing educational process at the College and begin as soon as a student is accepted. Each student is assigned to a faculty member who serves as their academic advisor. Conferences with academic advisors provide opportunities for students to plan their programs and review their academic progress. Prior to each registration period academic advisors help students to prepare their programs for the following semester. Academic advisors may be consulted for individual needs at any time throughout the academic year during a regular schedule of office hours. Although academic advisement is provided, students are solely responsible for their course selections and for meeting degree requirements.

Career Services and Experiential Learning Center

The Career Services and Experiential Learning Center makes students aware of job opportunities and helps them acquire the necessary skills in searching for jobs, preparing resumes and cover letters, and doing well in interviews.

The selection of a career is one of the most crucial decisions a student is called upon to make. The College’s career education program, which includes testing, guidance, and reading materials, seeks to assist each student in making that decision.

The Center also facilitates the internship, cooperative education, study abroad, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Alumni Association

The Career Services Center is also home to the Alumni  Association. Five Towns College staff not only assist current students in locating internships and job placements but also serve to help alumni with career development, networking and adjustment into life after college. Upon graduation, students become a member of the Five Towns College Alumni Association. This is an established group of talented and accomplished professionals, many of whom have ventured into the entertainment, education, communications and media production industries. There is an Alumni Newsletter and ongoing networking opportunities.

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning refers to those educational opportunities that students experience outside of the regular class setting. Many courses and programs have experiential learning opportunities infused in the course objectives, while others are optional experiences that further programmatic and other institutional-level learning goals. Students attending Five Towns College enroll with the understanding that some experiential learning opportunities will necessitate that they travel to off-campus locations or participate at times outside of the normal academic class block. They also recognize that the College does not always provide transportation to such events, and in order for them to participate they will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Students seeking to register for their last semester of study are required to be current on any approved tuition payment plan. Students with unpaid or delinquent accounts will not be permitted to register for their last semester of study without the permission of the College Bursar. The College reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student whom the Registrar determines is within their final semester of study, but who has not filed an Application for Graduation.

Wellness Services

The College Counseling Office provides support and referrals for professional psychological services. The College Counselors meet individual students to discuss a broad scope of concerns related to academic, emotional, social, mental and overall well-being. Services provided are strictly confidential. Students are encouraged to either schedule appointments or come in as needed.

The College does not provide on-campus medical services, but maintains relationships with area health providers. These providers are included in the Student and Residence Life Handbooks. In addition, the College does not require that students purchase mandatory health insurance through the College, but they should present proof of health insurance through their own provider at the time of registration or re-registration.

Further, the College entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center/Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) and provides cost-free counseling, advocacy and physical and emotional support and medical care for sexual assault victims in compliance with NYS Education law, Article 129-B.

Personal Counseling

The individuality of each student is a basic concern of the College. Every effort is made to provide an environment in which each student can develop their particular capabilities and interests to the fullest. The College Counseling Office provides personal counseling in a confidential setting to assist students in making decisions related to personal and academic situations. Referrals to outside professional agencies may be made in situations requiring more specialized counseling.


The Living/Learning Center is a complex of four residence halls. Each building has a variety of single and double rooms, Internet access, cable TV, and other services.  A minimum mandatory meal plan is required. Students interested in on-campus living must file an applications for housing.

If granted, a housing license is valid for the current academic year/semester. While every effort is made to accommodate the housing needs of continuing students, the College does not guarantee that a subsequent license will be issued beyond the current academic year/semester. In order to respond  to the high demand for on-campus housing, students who have resided on campus for six (6) semesters may remain in residence on-campus thereafter only with the permission of the Director of Residential Life.

Students who reside on campus are required to attend classes on a full-time basis and to carry a course schedule of classes that meets four (4) days per week, except with permission of the Director of Residence Life.

Resident Life Fees

Single Room (per semester) $4,900
Double Room (per semester) $3,850
Single Room (5 Month) $6,000
Double Room (5 Month) $4,750
Refundable Dorm Damage $300
Late Housing Application Fee $50
Dorm Council $60
Laundry Allowance $25

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is designed to familiarize students with the College and with the social and recreational resources in the area. The New Student Orientation Fee of $115 is required for all new incoming students. Orientation includes an introduction to the general education, technological competency skills necessary to utilize various learning technologies, including knowledge of computer hardware and software, file management, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and email systems. It includes an overview of College policies and regulations, with emphasis on the development of self-management, career planning, and decision-making skills.

Orientation events include a special schedule of informal small group meetings where freshmen may share opinions and plans with other students and faculty members in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Students are encouraged to participate in varied campus activities so that they may become well-adjusted members of the College community. In addition, during this time, the required onboarding education under NYS Education law, Article 129-B is provided to all required populations.

Student Access Office and Disability Services

Five Towns College students who have a physical, medical, learning or psychiatric disability, either temporary or permanent, may receive reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In order to establish eligibility for such accommodations, students are required to submit a written application to the Student Access Office, which is available online and provide supporting documentation. Then, an appointment with the Director of Student Access will be scheduled in a timely manner to assess what reasonable accommodations are needed and can be provided.