Onondaga Community College, located in Syracuse, New York, began operations in 1961. The School is one of 30 locally sponsored community colleges in the State University of New York system. The school is located in central New York state, and is within 350 miles of all major urban centers in the northeastern United States. The school's campus is located in the woodland countryside of New York, offering scenic and quiet environs for study. The school offers over 50 programs of study through its nine buildings, and has recently opened a residence hall, making it one of the few two year institutions to do so. The school also has agreements in place with several SUNY four year institutions, allowing students to pursue a bachelor's degree through the Onondaga Community College campus. The school currently enrolls over 13,000 students a year, and strives to provide these students with a full college experience.
Onondaga Community College provides a variety of educational opportunities for its community, including transfer programs, vocation and career training programs, as well as adult and continuing education services. Academic transfer programs complete the first two years of a four year education, allowing the student to transfer in order to obtain a bachelor's degree through a four year institution. Due to the low cost of this option, it is a popular option among students pursuing post-secondary education. Career and vocational training programs impart the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. The fields covered by such programs typically require specific training, and once completed the students are qualified to work as professionals at the entry level. Graduates of the program may earn certificates or associate degrees, with certificate programs taking a year to complete and associate programs double that time.
Programs offered include:
The school also provides non credit courses for individuals who wish to pursue interests without the need for credit. Adult education courses provide educational opportunities for residents who wish to revisit their high school education.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students who wish to enroll at Onondaga Community College may complete the application online to begin the process. The applicant must provide proof of a high school diploma or equivalent, with some programs, particularly in the allied health fields, having additional requirements. Once initial documentation is received, the student will receive a notice of admission at which point he or she must provide proof of immunization and residency status, participate in orientation and take a placement exam. Once these are completed the student may register for classes after which the semester's tuition is due.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be done online and provides the school with the information necessary in order to determine need, eligibility and awards. The school's financial aid office may request additional financial aid information in order to more accurately disburse funds.
Onondaga Community College participates in a number of intercollegiate athletics, and has become known as a school of athletic success, having won five national championships between 2008-2011. The school competes through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and is the first school in the organization's history to have one simultaneous men's and women's lacrosse national championships. Intercollegiate athletics provide a forum for healthy competition, and allows participants to develop skills, such as teamwork and discipline, which can be applied to one's academic career and future.
Athletic programs offered:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Cross Country
- Softball (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. 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: $4,400-$5,300
- Out-of-State: $8,600-$10,320
- For part-time students, charges are between $180-$220 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||92%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||78%||$6,471|
|Receiving Student Loans||41%||$4,920|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Onondaga Community College may provide services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in New York.
|OCC||Onondaga 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 1967)
- Find all the other nursing 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 Onondaga 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Onondaga Community College.
- Cayuga County Community College in Auburn, NY (18 miles away)
- Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, NY (35 miles away)
- Mohawk Valley Community College - Utica Branch in Utica, NY (49 miles away)
- Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY (54 miles away)
- Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY (60 miles away)