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Dutchess Community College

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Dutchess Community College (DCC) is a two-year community college that is part of the 30 community colleges of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college primarily serves the people of Dutchess and Putnam counties and offers the lowest college tuition in the state of New York. Founded in 1957, the first classes at Dutchess were held in 1958.

The college is located about 70 miles north of New York City in the town of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, to the east of the Hudson River. There is another extension site, DCC South, in Wappingers Falls. The main campus at Poughkeepsie is spread over 140 acres and features the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art, Bowne Hall, Center for Business and Industry, Drumlin Hall, Dutchess Hall, and the Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library.

DCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.


The degrees offered at Dutchess include the Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees are aimed at students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university. These are two-year programs and comprise a core of liberal arts and science courses, additional required special courses related to the student’s field of interest, and electives. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for a specific career area. The degree programs offered at DCC are available for various fields of study, such as architectural and construction technologies, aviation science, art, business, and liberal arts and sciences.

The certificate programs offered at the the college include the Academic Certificate and the Applied Academic Certificate programs.

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Dutchess has adopted the Full Opportunity Plan of the State University of New York, wherein admission is granted to any person whose academic record and qualifications demonstrate competency to benefit from a college education. Students can seek either full-time or part-time admission to the college. Full-time students are enrolled for 12 or more credits per semester whereas part-time students are enrolled for 11 or fewer credits per semester.

Students seeking admission to DCC are required to submit the admission application forms and high school or college transcripts or GED scores. First-time college students are required to take the COMPASS/ASSET academic placement tests. ACT/SAT scores can be submitted, but they are not requirements for admission.

International students need to submit the international application for admission and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance educational expenses for a year. They are also required to submit their high school and college transcripts. Lastly, international applicants are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

Dutchess participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students manage their educational expenses. Different forms of financial aid available to students include: federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities and scholarships. Students interested in these opportunities must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.

The major federal and state aid programs for Dutchess students include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and New York State Aid for Part-time Study (APTS). Students may also be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal PLUS Loans. Student employment options include on- or off-campus part-time employment, community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Various scholarships available for the students of DCC include the Charles and Mabel Conklin Scholarship, Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, Melanie A. Kotes Memorial Chemistry Science Scholarships, and McCann Foundation Scholarship.

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Student services form an integral part of the total educational program at DCC. The Counseling and Career Services Office provides career guidance, educational counseling, transfer counseling, personal counseling, and job placement assistance to students. The Educational Opportunity Program provides support to students having limited financial and academic preparation. A day care center is available for parents at the college. The Student Activities Office is responsible for ensuring the enhancement of the students’ college experience by arranging trips, Friday night films, speaker series, on-campus events, and family festivals. The Student Government is a student body that promotes leadership skills. The college has numerous clubs, including Alpha Beta Gamma, Communications Society, Gamers Guild, Outdoor Adventure Club, Human Services Club, and Sci-Fi Alliance. The student newspaper is known as the Chronicle and offers staff positions to first- and second-year students. Dutchess also features a bookstore that stocks textbooks, school supplies, greeting cards, reference materials, and Dutchess-imprinted gifts.

Student Enrollment Demographics


DCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference. The official college colors are buff and blue, and the athletic teams are known as the Falcons. The college athletic teams participate in cross country, soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, golf, baseball, tennis, women’s softball, and bowling.

Information Summary

Ranks 226th in New York and 3279th 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 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 192 0.58
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.02
Forcible Rape 22 0.07
Robbery 107 0.33
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 283 0.86
Larceny 693 2.11
Vehicle theft 53 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population43,130 (42,465 urban / 665 rural)
Households15,394 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,594
Families9,004 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District3618

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1853rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,200 $3,200 $6,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $435 $435 $435
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $133 $133 $266
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 $17,265 $17,265 $20,465
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,435 $16,435 $19,635
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,935 $7,935 $11,135

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,320 $3,520 $3,320 $3,520 $6,220 $6,620
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,250(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A $8,690
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A $3,050
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,400 $8,100
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,100 $3,050
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,100 $3,050

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 Capacity465
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$6,600
Board Fee$2,730

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 112 191 24 3 845 11 1,225
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 4 6 20 30
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 4 7
Art/Art Studies, General 4 3 18 25
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 3 4
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 1 5 6
Business Administration and Management, General 3 12 22 3 1 104 1 150
Child Care and Support Services Management 3 5 16 24
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 8 8
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 1 6 10
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 8 8
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 3 2 1 2 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 3 4
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 2 16 18
Construction Trades, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science 11 12 61 1 89
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 8 11
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 2
Engineering, General 1 1 17 19
Fire Services Administration 1 1
General Studies 3 7 1 56 1 73
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 5 5
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
Human Services, General 8 14 18 41
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 23 40 4 205 1 279
Information Science/Studies 3 3 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 3 2 11 18
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 4 5 1 1 21 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 10 41 55
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 14 4 41 3 70
Music Performance, General 1 2 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 2 12 18
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 13 5 65 2 96
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 7 22 1 34
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 3 3 1 9 16
Teacher Assistant/Aide 5 6 1 18 31
Visual and Performing Arts, General 2 2 12 18
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1090th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,616 ($75,371 male / $68,962 female)
Number of FT Faculty 128 (59 male / 69 female)
Number of PT Faculty 623
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $10,681,744

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