SUNYIT is seeing a substantial increase in overall enrollment this academic year. Classes start today for all students at SUNYIT, but the state's public polytechnic school says this year has seen its largest freshman class ever.

Official enrollment figures won't be available right away, but officials say the available data puts this year's freshman class at more than 275 students, up from about 200 last year.

"Driven by our new academic initiatives and Governor Andrew Cuomo's vision for the Quad-C partnership, rising enrollment confirms SUNYIT's growing reputation as a unique college of choice," said acting President Robert Geer. "This is an exciting time to be part of the SUNYIT family, and our future is bright."

SUNYIT has new academic programs this fall including a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in network and computer security and an advanced certificate in data analysis.

In addition to new academic programs, SUNYIT's physical campus is also expanding. Three new building have been added over the last two years, and a fourth, the $125 million Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) that will host advanced research and development initiatives, is under construction.