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1220 Coffeen St
Watertown, NY 13601-1897
p. 315-786-2200
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Jefferson Community College

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Jefferson Community College (JCC) is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Chartered in the 1960s, JCC is located in Watertown and offers numerous two-year associate’s degrees and career certification programs for its students.

Students can take classes on campus with accomplished instructors or online with the distance learning program. The online courses are of the same high educational standard as on-campus courses. With distance learning, students are not required to relocate or give up a current job or career in order to secure an associate’s degree. The credits earned through the online program are easily transferred to a four-year institution for students who wish to continue toward achieving a bachelor’s degree.


Students are encouraged to transfer to four-year institutions and complete a bachelor’s degree after graduation. As such, this community college has structured its academic program to make credit transfer simple. Students will take only courses that are recognized by universities and four-year institutions across the nation. While at school, students will learn how to manage a college-level schedule, how to study for college exams, how to effectively complete college assignments, and how to successfully manage the transition from high school to college.

Many different associate’s degree programs are offered. Students can choose from associate’s degrees in accounting, early childhood education, criminal justice, tourism, nursing, mathematics, science and much more. Students who do not wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree but instead hope to directly enter the work force may wish to consider a career certification program. These programs provide students with the information and knowledge required to excel in a chosen career.

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The admissions process is made quite simple because of its affiliation with the State University of New York. Applications are most frequently completed online. However, a few other options are available for students. Students who wish to apply can download a PDF of the application online and mail it, request an application to be mailed to their place of residence, or visit the Office of Admission and fill out an application there.

The admission staff is ready and willing to answer any questions students may have about applying. The staff members will help students fill out all the appropriate information and greatly improve their chances of being accepted. While this school does not require an ACT score or SAT score for admittance, these tests are greatly recommended for applying students. These tests will help the academic advisors place students in classes which will improve a student’s chance of success.

After applying to the school, students will typically hear back within forty-eight hours. In some instances, additional testing may be required. These assessment tests will not affect a student’s eligibility to attend. Instead, they serve to evaluate his or her academic history and knowledge and place the student in the correct classes.

Financial Aid

Because of New York state laws and government laws, students cannot receive information about available scholarships and student financial aid until after they are accepted. Students are encouraged to apply liberally to the schools of their choice and, after acceptance, talk to the financial aid staff to determine the options available.

Financial aid is easy to secure at Jefferson Community College. Because it is an accredited institution, students can receive federal loans and grants as well as private loans and private scholarships. The staff is willing to help students receive the financial assistance necessary for attendance at the school. It is the school’s mission to provide an affordable two-year education to as many students as possible.

Students who are seeking government-funded financial aid must fill out the FAFSA form online. This form can be accessed through the school’s website, or it can be filled out in the financial aid office.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6073rd for the average student loan amount.
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The JCC varsity team members are collectively known as the Cannoneers, and they have a rich history of sports competition and several exciting rivalries within their conference. The Mid-State Athletic Conference hosts the Cannoneers, and the teams have won over 15 championship titles in a few short years. Men can compete in varsity sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and golf, and women can compete in varsity sports such as softball, basketball, volleyball, and more.

Because of the large central park in Watertown, New York, students from the JCC campus are always gathering to play intramural sports or club sports for a more lighthearted alternative to varsity college sports. Students can get involved in the many athletic clubs on campus or participate in student-led yoga classes, martial arts courses, or aerobic fitness sessions.

Local Community

Watertown, New York is a beautiful and quaint town in upstate New York. With direct access via brand new interstates to downtown New York City, students have the option of spending a quiet afternoon near the black river in north New York or driving into the heart of the big city for a weekend getaway.

The New York State Zoo in Thompson, New York is only a few short miles from campus. This zoo is reputed to be one of the best in the nation, and many tourists seek out this destination each year. The town of Watertown itself is a beautiful gem in upstate New York. With a central park that includes miles of walking trails, fountains, benches, tennis courts, golf courts, outdoor concert arenas, and large open sporting arenas, students will always be able to experience the beauty of this town in a safe environment.

Information Summary

Ranks 219th in New York and 3170th 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 N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
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 64 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 9 0.03
Robbery 15 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 158 0.58
Larceny 847 3.12
Vehicle theft 114 0.42

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Watertown, NY 13601-1897
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population36,990 (28,035 urban / 8,955 rural)
Households14,591 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,576
Families9,149 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-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 District3621

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4250th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,864 $3,864 $5,832
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $533 $533 $533
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $161 $161 $243
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 $5,697 $5,697 $7,665
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,639 $13,639 $15,607
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,289 $8,289 $10,257

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,119 $4,277 $4,119 $4,277 $6,279 $5,927
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,150 $1,300
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,184 $5,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,100 $2,342
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,100 $2,342

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 2340th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,556 ($61,331 male / $59,230 female)
Number of FT Faculty 80 (34 male / 46 female)
Number of PT Faculty 246
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,595,132

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