Dutchess Community College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is one of the thirty community colleges that operate under the State University of New York System (SUNY). DCC was founded in 1957, utilizing a location previously occupied by a hospital. The school is situated on a hill overlooking the town.
One third of graduates in the region attend Dutchess Community College and the school has awarded over 35,000 degrees and certificates since its founding, with 75% percent of graduates having remained in the Hudson Valley. The school is dedicated to providing a quality education to its service area and beyond and is actively involved with the community.
Dutchess Community College offers associate degree and certificate programs aimed at meeting the needs of a large number of students. Over 60 different programs are available, some occupationally oriented and providing the skills necessary to enter the work force immediately after graduating.
Other programs will fulfill the first two years of a four year education and allow for transfer to a bachelor degree granting institute, particularly those with whom the school has transfer agreements with. Certificate programs are generally shorter career oriented programs, and the credits earned are transferable to a degree program if the student chooses to pursue one at a later date.
Programs offered include:
- Architectural Technology
- Business Administration
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Humanities and Social Science
- Human Services
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Dutchess Community College must complete and submit the admissions application prior to the established deadline. Applications may be submitted physically or online. Once completed, students will be asked to submit any pertinent transcripts as well as take a placement exam.
The placement exam, also known as the COMPASS, will be used to determine what levels of courses are required by the student, and an appointment will be given by DCC in order to take the exam. Once these steps are completed, and the application reviewed, students will then be eligible to register for classes.
Financial aid is available in the form of federal and state grants, loans, and scholarships. Individuals interested or in need of financial aid must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and obtain a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Residents of New York may also submit an application to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Once completed the office of financial aid will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from which eligibility and financial aid awards will be determined. Students should check with the school to ensure that financial aid deadlines are met.
Dutchess Community College participates in several athletic programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division III, Region XV. The teams are known as the Falcons/Lady Falcons. The school actively supports its athletic teams, as it helps develop skills, such as teamwork and discipline that can be actively applied to life during and after college.
DCC has won numerous regional and national competitions, and maintains a tradition of success on field and in the classroom.
- Soccer (Men Only)
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
Dutchess Community College offers students with opportunities to expand their horizons through a variety of activities, trips and clubs that are available. From Friday Night Films to the Lyceum speaker series, students can partake of any of the offerings the school provides.
Student Government allows individuals interested in the betterment of the school or wanting to see politics first hand to participate. Clubs in particular allow for likeminded individuals to gather and discuss ideas and plan events regarding their topic of interest.
Some clubs available:
- Anthropology Club
- Business Club
- Engineering Club
- Game Design/Programming Club
- Outdoor Adventure Club
- Sci-Fi Alliance
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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 range:
- State Residents: $3,400-$4,000
- Out-of-State: $6,700-$8,064
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $140-$170 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $280-$340 per credit 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||73%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||61%||$4,755|
|Receiving Student Loans||35%||$4,609|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Dutchess Community College may offer services including:
- Distance learning
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
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 Dutchess Community College compared to community colleges in New York, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|DCC||Dutchess County||New York|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) (since 1960)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in New York
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 Dutchess 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 (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Dutchess Community College.
- Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY (14 miles away)
- Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY (33 miles away)
- Columbia - Greene Community College in Hudson, NY (35 miles away)
- Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY (39 miles away)
- Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY (42 miles away)