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Nassau Community College (NCC)

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Nassau Community College (NCC), located in Garden City, New York, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Located on a 225-acre campus in the middle of Long Island, NCC offers day, evening, weekend and continuing education classes in 70 fields of study. NCC is the largest single-campus community college in New York State, and offers associate degrees and professional certificates.

NCC faculty have been widely recognized for their expertise, and many have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members include many Fulbright Scholars, researchers, authors and artists, among others.  Buildings on campus include a childcare center and a new Life Sciences building.

A majority of NCC students transfer to four-year colleges or universities, where they will arrive as juniors, well-prepared to complete a bachelor's degree.

History

Nassau Community College was created in 1959 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It held its first classes in 1960 within one wing of the old Nassau County Courthouse, with just over 600 enrolled students. The school moved to the former Mitchell Air Force Base in 1962. The school later expanded to its current 225 acres.

Academics

The academic calendar of Nassau Community College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. There is also a shorter "Winterim" session that runs from December to mid-January, and short summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Academic units at NCC are organized into departments, programs and learning centers, rather than into colleges and schools. Academic departments at NCC are:

  • Accounting and Business
  • Africana Studies
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics Finance
  • Engineering, Physics & Technology
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  • History, Political Science & Geography
  • Hospitality Business
  • Library
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing, Retailing, Fashion Design & Interior Design
  • Mathematics, Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Office Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Reading Basic Education
  • Sociology
  • Student Personnel Services
  • Theatre & Dance

Student Life

Student support centers at Nassau Community College include Student Personnel Services, an Adult Resource Center, Career Development, and Center for Students with Disabilities, Educational Counseling, Job Placement, Psychological Counseling, a Women's Resource Center, and more.

NCC has many special programs to support student needs, including:

  • Honors Program
  • The Achilles Project
  • English as a Second Language
  • Distance Education
  • Weekend College
  • Summer Sessions
  • The College Experience
  • Learning Communities, N SINCC
  • International Study Programs
  • Programs for Military Personnel

Students at NCC may enjoy campus dances, performances at the NCC Theatre and Dance Department, or one of the many music concerts held on campus.  Multicultural fairs, blood drives, art exhibits, and intramural sports are other activities students can participate in. There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations to choose from, covering academic, religious, political and cultural interests, and more.

Traditions

The school colors are orange and blue. The NCC school mascot is a lion.

Athletics

Athletic teams at Nassau Community College belong to the Region XV Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The NCC Lions compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kickline Club
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleader and Dance Squads
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

NCC is a single-campus community college.

Community Life

Students at NCC can join a Learning Community to increase academic achievement, and make connections between courses. These programs provide opportunities for making new friends and additional interactions with faculty.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
    • Out-of-State: $8,000-$9,576
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $170-$200 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $330-$400 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid56%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships49%$5,130
Receiving Student Loans13%$4,862

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 10%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Nassau Community College may provide services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for NCC compared to community colleges in New York, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 NCCNassau CountyNew York
Graduation Rate14.4%-22.4%
Transfer-out Rate9.3%-17.8%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The list of colleges below are popular among students transferring out of Nassau Community College. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Funeral Service Education Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1991)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1971)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1986)
  • Music Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 1978)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Architecture

  • Interior Architecture (A)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

  • Communications Technologies and Support Services (A, C)
  • Photographic and Film Technology (A)
  • Prepress , Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design (C)

Communications and Journalism

  • Organizational Communication (A)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Information Science Studies (A)
  • Computer (A)
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (C)

Construction Trades

  • Construction Trades (C)

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Computer Systems Technology (A)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Paralegal (A, C)
  • Legal Administrative Assistant (A, C)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

  • Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology (A)

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Funeral Service (A)
  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (A)
  • Culinary Arts (A)

Recreation and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies (A)

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (A)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (A)
  • Fashion Design (A)
  • Music Performance (A)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (A)

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