Broome Community College, founded in 1946, is a two-year college and a member of the largest college system in the world, the State University of New York, commonly known as SUNY.
Under the wing of SUNY, the college is sponsored by the County of Broome and a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All curriculums are registered by the State Education Department. Individual programs are accredited by a variety of sources when necessary, including but not limited to, the Commission on Higher Education, the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
The college strives to set itself apart from other community colleges with its access to excellent faculty and state-of-the-art technology. Campus services include information technology services, a learning assistance center, and the library and learning resources center featuring Wi-Fi access, multiple computer and reference labs, extensive media services, and even iPods available for student loan. Studies are flexible, and students may choose from full-time, part-time, day, evening, weekend, and online courses.
The college offers over 30 different associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science degree-granting programs in the following:
- Liberal Arts
- Business & Public Services
- Health Sciences
- Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics
The college also awards diplomas in 18 fields, short-term certificate programs in four fields, two-year university parallel programs like the Excelsior College Transfer Program, career-oriented programs, service learning programs and non-credit continuing education programs are available. The most popular and competitive departments are Health Sciences, featuring modern laboratory and medical facility the Decker Health Science Center complete with fully-equipped simulation rooms, and in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, featuring some of the most academically intense courses available on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Prospective students are invited to apply for admission online or by requesting a paper application. Students may apply for either the fall semester, which begins in August, or the spring semester, which begins in January. Both in-state and out-of-state students are accepted; however, out-of-state students will generally pay higher tuition prices. The college provides open admission to qualified candidates, with “special admissions” applying to some students. Early admission applicants seeking to take college level courses while still enrolled in high school constitute special admissions, as do international admission students, home schooled students, readmission students, ex-offenders, and students without a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
Anyone wishing to apply to one of the Health Science Programs will undergo a competitive admissions process. These programs begin in the fall semester only, with the exception of the Nursing: Evening/Weekender programs.
The school requires that all matriculated students take ACCUPLACER tests in the areas of math, English, and reading. The results are used by academic advisors to select a student’s courses. All full- and part-time students must complete the test unless they have recently taken the exam, have transferred in applicable credits, or the requirement has been waived by the Admissions Office.
Some students may qualify for the Educational Opportunity Program, which is designed to assist students who might not normally be accepted, and are in need of extra academic support as well as financial aid.
A wealth of options are available to students seeking financial aid. The campus Financial Aid Office will automatically send information to any student who requests financial assistance upon applying for admission. Financial aid is available to any student entering a degree or certificate program that is taking at least one class. There are three main types of financial aid which may be combined into a “financial aid package,” grants, loans, and part-time “work-study” employment.
In order to begin the process of seeking out financial aid all students must fill out the federal FAFSA application, which can be done online, and the New York State TAP or APTs applications. New York State programs are administered through the Higher Education Services Corporation.
Scholarships are another great option with more than $500,000 distributed over 800 financial awards given to students annually. The best time to apply for $200, $500, $1,000 and $2,500+ scholarships is during the Spring Scholarship Season. Freshmen, continuing students and graduating seniors are eligible. Transferring graduates may apply for the Baccalaureate, Frank Paul Lockheed Martin and DAR scholarships to assist with tuition at their 4-year college.
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With close to 9,000 students and over 50 clubs and organizations, students are sure to find a niche while on campus. During the campus “Common Hour” students enjoy lectures, concerns, and films. After class there are intramural sports teams, free access to open gym time, free ice skating, performances and plays at the Little Theater, and exciting organizations like the Chess Club, Fine Art & Design Club, the Ski Extreme Club and the Paintball Club to keep students busy.
While the college does provide access to a database of off-campus student housing, it maintains no responsibility for screening or approving of listings. Students get to campus by walking, driving, or using the public bus systems.
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The Hornets participate in athletics as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, and the subdivision of NJCAA Region III. Campus athletic facilities include gymnasiums, a weight room, a health and fitness center, a baseball field, a soccer and lacrosse complex, an ice rink, and tennis courts.
Men’s varsity teams compete in basketball, baseball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Women’s varsity teams compete in basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and tennis. A variety of intramural sports and activities are also available to students.
Broome Community College athletics are famous for long-time coach Dick Baldwin who holds the record for victories by a college coach, with 879. In recent years the women’s soccer team won the NCJAA Division II National Title in 2007, and again in 2008.
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