Founded in 1966, Herkimer County Community College is located in Herkimer, NY and is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of schools. The school has on-campus housing, a vast new state-of-the-art library system and many other supports that enable students to be academically successful.
The college has an intercollegiate athletics organization and also has intramural sports. There are numerous student clubs and organizations and the housing facilities offer apartment-style living right on campus. Because of the school’s location, there are outdoor activities available year-round.
HCCC offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs. Transfer associate degrees are available for students who wish to complete the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree prior to transferring to a 4-year college or university in order to finish the program. These degrees are not stand-alone; they basically offer the same core curriculum that a student would take during the freshman and sophomore years at a university. This is a great way to save thousands of dollars while staying close to home.
Students who would like to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation may opt to earn a standard 2-year associate degree or a vocational certificate. Unlike the transfer associate, this degree is stand-alone and teaches all of the skills necessary to gain employment in a position that requires this advanced education.
The college has an honors program that offers many advantages to academically motivated students. Some of these benefits include access to additional scholarships and intimate, challenging classes.
Many of the programs offered are completely online. In addition to classes, the Internet Academy also offers support services online including registration, admission, student advisement, tutoring, transfer counseling, book ordering and more. The school understands that many people would not be able to pursue higher education in a traditional classroom setting and strives to provide everything that a student would need online.
Some students need a little extra assistance with basic classes in order to achieve success in particular programs, and some programs require general coursework in areas such as math, science, history or foreign language. To meet these needs, the General Education Program was established. Students should check with their academic advisors to determine whether or not one or more of these courses are required.
Finally, HCCC’s College Now Program provides the opportunity for high school students to begin taking college-level courses while concurrently finishing their high school educations. The courses occur right in the high school and may take the place of some of the core requirements necessary for graduation.
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HCCC requires all incoming students to have earned a high school diploma or GED. Applicants that aren’t residents of Herkimer County must have graduated with a minimum GPA or GED score. There are some possible alternatives to this requirement including high scores on the SAT or ACT or transferring in to the school with 6 or more college credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
The application process is simple. The first step is to complete the free online application. Next, students need to submit official high school and college transcripts including SAT/ACT scores if applicable, or a GED certificate with test scores issued by the state Department of Education. After submitting these documents, students should allow 7-10 business days for the school to process the packet. Students may register for classes as soon as they receive notification of acceptance and complete any other requirements that the school may have.
Financial aid is available to students in the form of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. There are several sources of aid including private sources, the state of New York, and the federal government. There are also additional scholarships for students participating in special programs such as the honors program. In order to begin the application for aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January.
Herkimer has an NCAA Division III athletics organization that competes in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. The school offers several different sports including men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, swimming & diving, tennis, bowling, and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball and women have the additional options of volleyball and softball. The school’s colors are green and gold.
There are also intramural sports offered to students at all athletic levels throughout the year.
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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. Many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7,000 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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