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Dutchess Community College (DCC)

53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY

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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.

Academics

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:

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.

Athletics

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.

Athletic programs:

  • Soccer (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field

Extracurricular Activities

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships61%$4,755
Receiving Student Loans35%$4,609
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

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.

 DCCDutchess CountyNew York
Graduation Rate23.9%-21.5%
Transfer-out Rate20.5%-17.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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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 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

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

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

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
73%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
23:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$4,526