Founded in 1962, Niagara County Community College is situated on a beautiful, 250-acre rural residential campus just minutes from Buffalo, NY, Canada and Niagara Falls. The college offers over 70 certificate and degree programs and also has numerous unique programs such as the Disney College Program Experience that add incredible value to the school. Since NCCC is a unit of the State University of New York system, it has all of the advantages of a university while maintaining the small, community college appeal.
Niagara County Community College has an intercollegiate athletics club and also has numerous student clubs and organizations that make life at NCCC fulfilling and fun. Because of it’s unique location, there are unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping, dining and cultural entertainment. Buffalo is also home to several professional sports teams including the Buffalo Bills NFL team, the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team, the Buffalo Sabres NHL team, and the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team.
Niagara County Community College offers over 70 different courses of study that lead to either certificates or degrees. Students may earn an associate’s degree or certificate in order to start a new career or advance in a current field, or they may choose to earn a transfer degree in order to complete a baccalaureate program at a 4-year school. NCCC is a SUNY school and has partnerships with many colleges and universities within the SUNY network. There are also several unique programs that students may choose to participate in.
The Disney College Program Experience allows students to intern at Disney in Orlando, FL and earn college credits while learning, earning and living the Disney lifestyle. This program requires that students take a core group of classes called the Disney College Program Co-Op which is 6 credit hours and requires 240 hours of work. There are also several other programs available at Disney so that students may earn even more credits.
Niagara County Community College also offers the opportunity to learn in foreign lands via the SUNY study-abroad program. Students have the opportunity to study in more than 600 locations on all 7 continents. Where the student chooses to study depends upon the program being studied and the student’s preference.
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Niagara County Community College accepts applications on a rolling basis which means that students may apply right up until classes start or are full. Any individual may enroll for a single class but students wishing to pursue a degree need to complete the online NCCC SUNY application and submit it along with official high school transcripts or a copy of a GED and immunization records. Students are also required to take the placement test or submit proof of testing exemption. Students that would like to apply for financial aid should also complete the FAFSA at this point.
Transfer students are required to submit all college transcripts in addition to all of the requirements listed above. Some programs have prerequisite courses that must be taken prior to admission to the program so students should pay careful attention to the requirements of their chosen programs to ensure that these requirements are met prior to registration.
Transfer students must also submit proof of English proficiency if English is not the native language, as well as a statement of financial support equal to or greater than the cost of attending Niagara County Community College.
Students without a high school diploma who wish to pursue a degree must first complete the 24-hour high school equivalency program and apply for a GED from the New York State Education Department.
High school students wishing to get a headstart on a college degree may do so in one of two ways. Students may attend Niagara County Community College full-time and earn both their diploma and college credits or they may choose to attend high school and enroll part-time at NCCC. There are special requirements so students that are interested in either of these programs should contact a guidance counselor in order to get more information.
Niagara County Community College offers a comprehensive financial aid package that includes need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students may also choose to participate in the ROTC program which has even more scholarships available. In order to apply for financial aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January.
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Niagara County Community College offers an intercollegiate athletics association that is a Region III member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Thunderwolves compete in the Western New York Athletics conference and offer several sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, soccer. Men may also choose to compete in baseball and wrestling and women have the additional options of softball and volleyball. The school’s colors are gold and blue.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, NCCC also offers intramural club sports including flag football, dodgeball, floor hockey and basketball. There are also mini tournaments and group exercise sessions that include water aerobics and zumba. There are fitness classes offered individually as well and students have free access to personal training advice, plans and sessions. Niagara County Community College has a fitness center, racquetball courts, a swimming pool and an gym that all have hours of open availability.
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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.
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