Founded in 1966 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network, Genesee Community College (GCC) has a main campus located in Batavia, NY and has several branch campuses throughout the area. The college offers certificates and both professional and transferable associate degrees. GCC has agreements with many different colleges within the SUNY network, the state of New York, and the rest of the country.
Class sizes rarely exceed 30 students and the campus is situated on 240 rolling acres that are just 30 minutes or so from both the Rochester and Buffalo metropolitan areas. Students have the best of all worlds – a small, rural college with all of the advantages of a large university near a metropolitan area.
GCC offers more than 50 programs of study designed for a wide variety of needs. The school offers certificates, Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Arts degrees, and Associate in Science degrees. Students who wish to take a class or group of classes just for professional or personal enrichment may do so as well without needing to apply for admission.
For students with busy lives that would like to work time for classes or a degree into their lives, this school offers online programs. Students use interactive materials and methods such as email, e-libraries, course management software, video and audio programs and other media to make the learning experience valuable. All of the courses count as regular college credit and can be transferred just like their classroom equivalents.
High school students that want to get a head-start on college may enroll in the Advanced Studies Program. There are several advantages including the ability to take courses that count both toward high school graduation and as college credits. Students also get to enjoy the benefits of being a college student and also save a significant amount of money on tuition.
Genesee Community College participates in SUNY’s study-abroad program and offers several program-relevant opportunities to full-time qualifying students that wish to learn in a multi-cultural environment either on their own continent or abroad.
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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are generally made within two weeks of receiving a complete application package. Degree-seeking students wishing to apply must create an online account and complete the online application. There is also a paper application available either via the website or by mail. In addition to the application, students also need to submit high school transcripts and any college transcripts, if applicable.
Finally, applicants must either take the ACT or Genesee’s placement tests. Students who enroll for at least 6 credit hours are required to submit immunization records that show proof of measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. Though neither an interview or a campus visit is required, both are highly recommended.
Students who simply wish to take a class or two without pursuing a degree only need to complete the online form and register for the class(es).
International students and transfer students have additional requirements so those students should refer to the website or the school to ensure that application packets are complete.
GCC wants everybody to be able to afford a college education and in that spirit offers several different forms of financial aid. The school offers need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January. The school recommends applying for aid as soon as possible in order to be considered for every possible option available.
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Genesee Community College offers an NJCAA Region III athletics organization that offers several different intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming & diving. Men may also choose to play baseball and women have the additional option of volleyball. There’s also a cheerleading squad. The Cougars’ colors are blue and gold.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, this college also offers several different intercollegiate sports including badminton, billiards, flag football, golf, tennis, volleyball and floor hockey. There are nearly 20 games or sports total so most students will find something that they enjoy either playing or watching. Most of the intercollegiate and intramural sports, as well as many community athletic invitational events, are held in the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium.
The Batavia Campus pool holds a maximum of 100 users and is 12 ft deep at its deepest. There are scuba lessons, swim competitions and lessons, open swimming and community events.
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The school offers intercollegiate and intramural sports and there are several social, political and academic clubs available. Housing is available on campus in the Campus Cottages. Unlike many colleges, this isn’t standard dorm living. The Cottages feature actual apartments with living rooms and kitchens but, like many dorm buidings, there’s a central gathering area so that students can hang out together either in their apartments or in the public area. There’s also off-campus opportunities for students.
The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.