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Westchester Community College

Overview

Westchester Community College is Large and Accomplished

Westchester Community College is a public, 2-year college and one of the largest community colleges affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It was founded in 1946, and in 1957 it relocated its main campus to 218 acres of the John A. Harford estate in Valhalla, New York.

Today the college has an annual part- and full-time student enrollment of approximately 13,000 individuals who attend classes at the main campus in Valhalla or at extension sites or locations in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Shrub Oak, Mahopac, Ossining, Port Chester, Peekskill, and White Plains. The college's Continuing Education Division is the largest in the SUNY system and raises the college's total student enrollment above 24,000.

Westchester Community College is recognized as a Veteran Friendly Campus with extensive services geared towards veterans. The college also has been recognized for its commitment to student diversity. The college has more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs.

Academic Overview

Westchester Community College is dedicated to the belief that growth and adaptation through educational experience are possible for individuals and organizations at all stages of development.

The college offers 3 types of associate degrees in 36 subject areas: the Associate in Arts (AA) degree for students transferring to 4-year institutions in the liberal arts; the Associate in Science (AS) degree for those transferring to 4-year institutions for business, math, science, or health careers; and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree for students preparing to seek immediate employment, change careers, or transfer.

In addition, Westchester Community College offers certificate programs in approximately 20 career fields that require between 15 and 33 credits to complete.

The college's Continuing Education Division offers programming for people of every age considering career choices, changes, or personal development. These programs include customized training for businesses, innovative programming for older adults, and an arts and culture series open to the public. The continuing education division is the largest in the state university of New York system.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree Program

Requirements for the AA degree at Westchester Community College are equivalent to the first 2 years at an accredited 4-year institution and emphasize the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates typically transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.

There are 4 AA degree programs at Westchester Community College: the Communications and Media Arts AA degree program; the Liberal Arts and Sciences/Childhood Education (Teacher Transfer) AA degree program; the Liberal Arts and Sciences/Humanities AA; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Social Science AA.

Associate of Science (AS) Degree Program

Requirements for the AS degree at the college are equivalent to the first 2 years at an accredited 4-year institution; they are designed to balance a professional orientation with the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates typically transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.

AS degrees are granted in a wide range of disciplines including various aspects of accounting, business, and computers; digital filmmaking; engineering; food service, food, and nutrition; human services; liberal arts, sciences/mathematics, and science; and individual studies.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program

The curriculum for the Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) prepares graduates for immediate employment within specific technical fields. The requirements combine specific career preparations with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Although the AAS is not intended as a transfer degree, graduates in some professions do transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.

The college offers 29 AAS degree programs in a wide range of disciplines from business, justice, human services, technology, energy, healthcare, food, education, veterinary technology, and entertainment.

Certificate Programs

The college offers 22 certificate programs covering virtually every sector of business, profession, and service that comprise today's economy.

Certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of skilled occupations. College credits earned in certificate programs can often be applied to parallel associate degrees offered at the college. Certificates provide a well-rounded course of study which may include English, mathematics, and science courses, in addition to occupational training.

Continuing Education Program at WCC

The Division of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College offers a large variety of affordable, quality, credit and non-credit classes for all ages at numerous Westchester Community College locations and online. The division's commitment to lifelong learning and professional development is exemplified by its comprehensive offering of programs and support.

Continuing education students at the college can not only improve career or language skills but also explore the creative side of life through a variety of workshops ranging from music, dance, and yoga to cooking, local history, and folklore.

Award Winning WCC Faculty

Westchester Community College's faculty members and professional staff members have received more SUNY Chancellors Awards for Excellence than those of any other community college in the SUNY system. More than 98% of faculty members hold master's or doctorate degrees in their fields. The student/faculty member ratio is 16:1.

Student Life at WCC

The Student Affairs Office is one of the busiest places on the main campus. This is where a student can access almost 80 different student clubs and organizations that cater to a wide variety of cultural, career, and personal interest fields. The office also is the hub for all student information on campus from bus schedules and voter registration forms to a variety of student services, athletics, scholarships, counseling, and employment services.

Westchester County Campus Just Minutes from Manhattan

The main campus of the college in Valhalla, NY, is located in Westchester County. The county is located 11 miles from Columbus Circle in New York City and has almost 1 million residents. Its geographical setting is beautiful, with the Long Island Sound on the southeast and the Hudson River on the west. Within the county's borders, the terrain is largely rolling hills, intersected by the Croton, Bronx, and Saw Mill rivers.

It has retained much of its rural character, while adopting the urban and suburban lifestyles dictated by its proximity to New York City.


Majors & Degrees


Degrees Offered
Certificates And Associate
Majors
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciencesfood Technology And Processingbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Administrative Assistant And Secretarial Science; Business Administration And Management; Finance; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsjournalism; Mass Communication/Mediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences; Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Related; Computer And Information Sciences Related; Computer And Information Systems Security; Computer Science; Computer Systems Networking And Telecommunications; Data Processing And Data Processing Technology; Information Science/Studieseducationeducation (Multiple Levels)Engineeringengineering Scienceengineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fieldscivil Engineering Technology; Electrical, Electronic And Communications Engineering Technology; Energy Management And Systems Technology; Engineering Technology; Environmental Control Technologies Related; Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technologyfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesapparel And Textile Manufacturing; Child Development; Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Managementhealth Professions And Related Programsclinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology; Dietetics; Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic); Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Respiratory Care Therapy; Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling; Veterinary/Animal Health Technologyhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescorrectionslegal Professions And Studieslegal Assistant/Paralegalliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitieshumanities; Liberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Science; Environmental Studiespersonal And Culinary Servicesculinary Artspublic Administration And Social Service Professionscommunity Organization And Advocacy; Public Administrationsocial Sciencessocial Sciencesvisual And Performing Artsdance; Design And Applied Arts Related; Film/Video And Photographic Arts Related; Fine/Studio Arts

Admissions


Freshman
Admission: 5,606 applied; 5,358 admitted; 2,715 enrolled

Applying
Options: early admission
Application fee: $35
Required: high school transcript
Recommended: interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous until 2/2 (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body


Undergraduate Student Population
13,997 Undergraduate Students, 53% Women, 47% Men, 7% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
21% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 28% Hispanic/Latino, 0.7% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.2% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 7% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
Representing 40 Other Countries

Campus Life


Housing
College Housing Not Available
Activities
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Deca Fashion Retail, Future Educators, Respiratory Club, Black Student Union, Diversity Action
Most popular organizations
Deca Fashion Retail, Future Educators, Respiratory Club, Black Student Union, Diversity Action
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Women&Apos;S Center
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters

Athletics


Athletics
Member:NJCAA

Faculty


Faculty
Total: 1,069Full-Time: 15% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 18 :1

Financial Aid


Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $4280 full-time, $179 per credit part-time; nonresident $11,770 full-time, $493 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location
Required fees:$443 full-time, $102 per term part-time
Payment plan:installment

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