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Nassau Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College (NCC) is a public, 2-year institution located in Garden City, New York. Its 225-acre suburban campus is situated in central Long Island. NCC is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) school system. The college opened in 1960 and has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1967. NCC has earned additional accreditations for its music, nursing, physical therapy, radiologic technology, and funeral service education programs.

Academics

Nassau Community College awards associate's degrees and certificates. Students can choose from more than 70 fields of study. Some NCC programs are transferrable to 4-year colleges, while others prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. NCC has about 30 academic departments with 556 full-time faculty and 907 part-time instructors. With more than 23,000 students, the student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. According to the number of program completions for 2010-2011, a large percentage of the associate's degrees awarded by NCC were in the area of humanities. For certificates earned that year, most were in legal assistant/paralegal training.

Admissions

Nassau Community College has an open admissions policy. In order to be admitted, students must have a high school diploma or GED. Some programs have additional requirements, such as a minimum grade point average, class ranking, and prerequisite coursework. There is a $50 application fee. For most programs, students must apply by August 15 for the fall semester, January 5 for the spring term, or May 10 for summer classes. Some programs have earlier deadlines. For Fall 2011, 63% of the students attended NCC full-time, and 37% attended part-time. Half of the students were male, and half were female. The racial breakdown was 45% White, 21% Black or African American, 18% Hispanic or Latino, 6% Asian, and 10% other.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For 2011-2012, tuition was $4,495 for residents of New York or $8,485 for non-residents. The cost of books and supplies was $928. The college offers a tuition payment plan. In 2010-2011, 56% of NCC's first-time, full-time students received financial aid. Students are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Full-time students may also be eligible for aid through New York's Tuition Assistance Program. Part-time students can apply for assistance through the state's Aid for Part-Time Study program.

NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's and certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 23,550 in Fall 2011*
Student Housing No on-campus housing*
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs More than 70 fields of study; about 30 academic departments**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For 2010-2011:
Associate's: Humanities (1,142)
Certificate: Legal assistant/paralegal (66)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students starting in Fall 2007:
6% in normal program time
16% in 150% of normal program time
23% in twice the normal program time*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 4,999 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 71% of full-time students; 57% of part-time students (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date August 15 for fall, January 5 for spring, or May 10 for summer**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2011-2012) $4,495 for state residents and $8,485 for non-residents (includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (38%), Pell grants (32%), federal student loans (31%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 56% of first-time, full-time students received aid in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Nassau Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: One Education Drive, Garden City, New York 11530
  • Phone: (516) 572-7345
  • Website: www.ncc.edu

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