Home Advanced Search Popular Degrees Largest Universities & Colleges

SUNY Westchester Community College (WCC)

75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY

Request Information

School Reviews

Overall Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Based on 1 Review for SUNY Westchester Community College

College Video

Sponsored Links

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

School Map

School Map of SUNY Westchester Community College
Campus image of SUNY Westchester Community College

History
Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college.

Enrollment
There are approximately 12,000 full- and part-time college credit students. Continuing education students bring the total number served by the college each semester to more than 20,000. Precise statistics about the college's enrollment history can be found in the Institutional Research & Planning pages.

Faculty
Westchester Community College’s faculty and professional staff have received more SUNY Chancellors Awards for Excellence than any other community college in the system. More than 98% hold masters or doctorate degrees in their fields. Student/faculty ratio is 16.1:1.  

Veteran Friendly Campus
The college, which opened in 1946 in order to train and educate veterans, welcomes those who have served our country. We are considered a "Veteran Friendly Campus" due to our extensive services for those who have spent time in the military.   

Degrees
The college offers more than 50 associate and certificate programs. We have three types of associate degrees in 36 subject areas: the Associate in Arts for students transferring to four-year institutions in the liberal arts; the Associate in Science for those transferring to four-year institutions for business, math, science or health careers; and the Associate in Applied Science for those preparing to seek immediate employment, change careers or transfer. In addition, certificate programs typically requiring between 15 to 33 credits are offered in approximately 20 career fields.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. In addition, the Westchester Community College Foundation offers $1 million in scholarships annually. Nearly one third of Westchester Community College students receive some form of financial aid.

Library
The Harold L. Drimmer Library / Learning Resource Center contains 198,000 volumes and 600 periodical titles, as well as more than 19 million searchable records and entries from 97 electronically-linked libraries.

Career & Transfer Center
The Career & Transfer Center helps students assess career options, plan career and curriculum, take steps toward transfer to a four-year college, prepare for job interviews, and locate and obtain jobs before and after graduation.

Child Care
Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College (Valhalla campus) provides year-round, fully licensed and accredited care for children of students, faculty, staff and other working parents. Ages six weeks - five years. 

Sports
Intercollegiate teams for men are fielded in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, and baseball. Women's intercollegiate teams include tennis, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The Westchester Community College Fitness Center provides access to cardiovascular equipment, universal, nautilus, and light free weights, pool, and tennis courts. College athletics also include intramural sports.

To get more information on other community colleges in New York and compare transfer rates, visit our community colleges in New York details page where you can find a complete list of community colleges including information on tuition and enrollment.

Get More Information About SUNY Westchester Community College

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,500. There is also a $35 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,300-$5,100
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,120
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $180-$210 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $490-$590 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 Aid57%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships54%$4,666
Receiving Student Loans11%$4,891

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, SUNY Westchester Community College may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges found throughout the state of New York, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 WCCWestchester CountyNew York
Graduation Rate11.4%-22.4%
Transfer-out Rate7.9%-17.8%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

Many students from SUNY Westchester Community College may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1974)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1988)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) (since 1997)
  • 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.

Get more information about the programs offered by SUNY Westchester Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

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

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Information Science Studies (A, C)
  • Computer (A)
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (A, C)
  • Web and Multimedia Management (C)

Education

  • Teacher Assistant (C)
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels (A)

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Civil Engineering Technology (A)
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) (C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A)
  • Mechanical Technology Technician (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Care (A, C)
  • Foodservice Administration and Management (A)
  • Human Development, Family Studies (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

  • Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology (A, C)

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (A)

Public Administration and Social Services

  • Community Organization and Advocacy (A, C)
  • Public Administration and Social Service (C)

Security and Protective Services

  • Police Science (A)
  • Corrections (A)
  • Security and Protective Services (C)

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (A)
  • Design and Applied Arts (C)
  • Film, Video and Photographic Arts (C)
  • Film Studies (A)

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to SUNY Westchester Community College.