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Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is a comprehensive coeducational public college offering two-year programs for the residents of Passaic County, New Jersey. A charter for setting up the college passed in 1968 primarily to serve the higher education needs of the residents of Passaic County. The college started enrolling students in 1971 and the first class graduated in 1973. Passaic County Community College currently has a total enrollment of more than 7,000 students.

The main campus of PCCC is located in Paterson with two Academic Centers in Wanaque and Passaic and a Public Safety Academy in Wayne. The main campus in Paterson features the Academic Hall, the Spine, Founders’ Hall, Hamilton Hall, and the Pruden Building.

The Passaic County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Passaic County Community College offers more than 60 Associate degrees and programs. The college offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The college offers the Associate in Arts degree programs for various areas of study such as Communication, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Humanities, Journalism, Psychology, Sociology, and Teacher Education. The Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Accounting, Management, International Business, Public Administration, Biotechnology, Exercise Science, and Environmental Science.

Passaic County Community College also offers the Applied Associate of Science (A.A.S.) degree programs for students who want to enter the work force directly after completing their courses. The areas of study that students in the Applied Associate of Science (A.A.S.) degree program can opt for include Accounting, Fire Science Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, and American Sign Language.

The college also offers various career-oriented certificate programs in areas such as Corrections, Criminal Justice, Network Administration, and Medical Coding.

Most Popular Fields of Study


To apply for admission to Passaic County Community College, students need to have a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent (GED or EDP). Students are also required to take the academic placement testing for evaluation of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

For academic programs that are in high demand, the college gives preference to Passaic County residents. Some programs such as Health Information Technology, Radiography, and Nursing have specific admission requirements. The application procedure involves submitting the completed admission form and official high school/college transcripts.

International students need to submit the application for admission and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts.

Financial Aid

Passaic County Community College participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Various types of financial aid available include scholarships and grants, loans, and employment opportunities. The federal grants available for students include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitive Grant, and the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG). Students can also apply for various loans such as Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Direct Parent Loans. Students can opt for work-study programs wherein they can seek employment with on or off-campus employers. Different scholarship options available for students include the Passaic County Community College Foundation Scholarships, NJSTARS, Edward and Virginia Casey Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Anthony J. Addeo Scholarship, Zonta Club of Ringwood Scholarship, and NJ Broadcasters Association Scholarships.

To apply for financial aid from Passaic County Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. PCCC recommends a priority deadline of June 1 to apply for financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Student Organizations

Passaic County Community College encourages students to participate in co-curricular activities to enhance their educational experience. The Student Association Government (SAG) represents the students’ interests and coordinates various students’ activities. The campus has a number of students clubs and organizations. Some of the more popular ones include Business Club, Asian American Student Club, Computer Club, Nursing Students Organization, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Science Club.

Student Services

Academic advisement facility is available for students to help them gather accurate information regarding college majors and academic programs. The Career Services office is responsible for providing career guidance to the students and helps them in gaining insights into their interests and skills. Other services provided by the Career Services office include career selection, job search assistance, employment opportunities, career fair, and workshops.

The Center for Student Success assists students with academic planning, goal setting, coping with stress associated with college life, and transfer planning. The college features a Child Development Center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The center provides services for children between 2 months of age through school age. The Library at the campus maintains a huge collection of resources in different formats.

Campus Facilities

The college also features the Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries which exhibit art works of individuals and world famous photographers, painters, and sculptors. The college bookstore stocks required textbooks, study guides, additional course materials, school supplies, stationery, clothing, gift items, and snacks.

Dining facilities are available for the students at the Cafeteria in the Academic Hall. The cafeteria serves coffee, breakfast, lunch, cold items (salads, beverages, and sandwiches), and dinner. Vending machines are also located at various places throughout the campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Passaic County Community College is a member of the NJCAA Region XIX and Garden State Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams include Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Women’s Volleyball. The men’s and women’s basketball teams of the Passaic County Community College have won numerous conference and regional championships over the past 6 years. The college also features a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, lockers, showers, and flat screen televisions. The game room is equipped with pool tables, air hockey, chess, foosball, dominos, and other board games.


  • Passaic County Community College. About PCCC. Web. 11 September 2011.
  • Passaic County Community College. Academic Programs at PCCC. Web. 11 September 2011.
  • Passaic County Community College. 2009/10 Student Handbook. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 55th in New Jersey and 3338th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.05
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 683 0.47
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.01
Forcible Rape 39 0.03
Robbery 751 0.51
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,790 1.22
Larceny 1,888 1.29
Vehicle theft 1,054 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Paterson, NJ 07505-1179
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,531 (4,531 urban / N/A rural)
Households782 (2.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,135
Families454 (3.33 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3409

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4077th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,165 $3,165 $6,330
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,001 $1,001 $1,001
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $106 $106 $211
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,472 $5,472 $8,637
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,409 $19,409 $22,574
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,069 $8,069 $11,234

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,954 $4,034 $3,954 $4,034 $6,969 $7,109
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,150(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,800 $10,530
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,358(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,358(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1291st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,715 ($72,844 male / $70,078 female)
Number of FT Faculty 103 (39 male / 64 female)
Number of PT Faculty 556
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,931,780

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