Rockland Community College is a two-year community college located in Rockland, NY. It’s part of the State University of New York network and offers professional certificates and associate’s degrees. Students may also take courses for personal or professional enrichment. High school students that would like to get a jump on their college careers may complete their senior years at Rockland and have up to 34 hours of college completed by the time they officially graduate from high school.
Rockland’s goal is to provide an educational opportunity to all who seek one and who can benefit from instruction. Regardless of whether students want to take just a class or two or begin the path toward a doctorate, Rockland Community College is an excellent place to start.
Rockland Community College offers more than 40 different degree and certificate programs throughout all areas of study. Students may earn career certificates, technical certificates, Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, Associate in Science (AS) degrees and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Certificates can generally be completed in one year or less and associate’s degrees require 60 credit hours, which usually takes about two years.
The AA and the AS are designed so that students may complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree at Rockland and then transfer to a four-year college or university to finish their baccalaureate degree. There are multiple reasons why students would do this – Rockland is much less expensive than most four-year schools and students can can stay closer to home for another two years.
The AAS is designed so that students may begin careers immediately after completing the degree.
SUNY has several educational requirements for students that are completing a 4 year degree. Students at Rockland that plan to transfer to another SUNY school to finish a degree can take many of these courses during the first two years.
In addition to traditional classes, Rockland Community College also offers night and weekend classes 7 days a week. Students can actually attend class full-time during these sessions and complete a degree without needing to quit a job to do it.
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Rockland Community College has an open enrollment policy and strives to provide an education to all who can benefit from instruction. There are minimal entrance requirements for students wishing to pursue a certificate or degree and they include the completed application (either paper or online) along with the fee, an official high school transcript or proof of GED and immunizations as required by the state of New York.
Students who just want to take courses for personal or professional enrichment may only need to submit the application and fee. Transfer students may be required to submit transcripts from their previous/current school.
High school students with a good GPA may also choose to finish their senior year of high school at Rockland Community College. Those who choose to do this will earn their high school diplomas while also earning up to 34 college credits. Classes must meet high school graduation requirements and students must take English and math placement tests.
Rockland Community College offers several different forms of financial aid including need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students that wish to apply for financial aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January.
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Rockland Community College offers an intercollegiate athletics organization that’s a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. They compete in the Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference and offer several sports teams including men’s and women’s golf and basketball. Men may also choose to play baseball, golf and soccer and women may also play tennis and volleyball. RCC also offers intramural sports.
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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.
- RCC Rockland Community College State University of New York. SUNY Rockland Community College. 2011. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
- SUNY State University of New York. State University of New York. 2011. Web. 27 Sept 2011.