MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) -- A record number of students showed up to SUNY IT's Acceptance Day Friday.
Applications have steadily increased over the last three years, and they received a record number this year.
The director of admissions, Jennifer Inh, credits the heavy focus on STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) learning nationwide.
In fact, 77 percent of the students there at Acceptance Day Friday are accepted to STEM majors like computer science and technology. Another contributing factor is the number of scholarships available for these types of majors. Ninh says there are actually too many jobs available in relation to the number of graduates in these fields.
Plus, Nano Utica and the construction of Quad-C is a huge draw for students.
"Students are considering us a top choice when they're choosing other schools that have the same type of degree programs we do. We're in the news all over the state and there's an excitement. You can feel it as you walk around campus. Students come visit and ask us questions from the far reaches of Long Island, out of state, we have the largest out-of-state accepted population as well. It really bodes well for what's going to happen at this school for our students, for jobs they're going to get and for the region as a whole," said Ninh.
SUNY-IT is expecting 700 people at the event.