Students interested in attending Nassau Community College should consult the college
website at www.ncc.edu/admissions
for up-to-date information and program requirements.
Students who wish to earn a degree or certificate at NCC should apply for matriculated
status by completing the College's application for admission and providing all required
documentation by the admissions completion deadline. An application fee will be charged.
Acceptance as a matriculated student in a particular program indicates that the student
has met all admissions requirements to be a degree or certificate candidate in that
program. Normally, matriculated students attend on a full-time basis (12-17 credits
per semester) although students should decide the academic load they are able to carry.
It is important to note that matriculated status is required in order to receive federal
and state financial assistance.
All degree or certificate candidates must possess a state-endorsed high school diploma
or a high school equivalency certificate. There are limited options for non-high school
graduates; refer to the section entitled "Enrollment Options for Non-High School Graduates".
Local school diplomas, such as I.E.P. and annotated diplomas, school leaving certificates,
and certificates of attendance are not valid for admission unless the school certifies
that the applicant has met all diploma requirements (including successful completion
of Regents Competency Testing or any other requirements) mandated by the State Education
Department of New York.
All students who have graduated from an approved high school or received a high school
equivalency (HSE) will be offered acceptance to an appropriate program of study. However,
some programs have specific requirements. The applicant’s high school record and,
in the case of a transfer student, college record(s) are the most important factors
for admission to selective programs such as Nursing and the Allied Health Sciences.
The results of the Scholastic Aptitude (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) are not
required but can be helpful in making a positive admission decision when the student
does not meet specific program criteria. SAT and/or ACT scores may also be used to
waive one or more parts of the College’s placement test. Students are encouraged to
submit test scores as part of the application process.
The Office of Admissions, in conjunction with several academic departments, holds
informational workshops and/or individual sessions with prospective students to ensure
that students are aware of prerequisites for admission to selective programs.
Information on criteria for admission to specific areas of study is found in the "Programs
& Admissions Requirements" chart that is included with the paper application for admission
and which can be viewed on the same college web page as the application for admission.
Because of the limited number of seats available in classrooms and laboratories, the
College reserves the right to limit matriculation into specific departments.
Applicants with international credentials and international applicants who require
a Student (F-1) Visa must submit additional application materials and must review
our latest requirements online at www.ncc.edu/admissions/internationalstudents.
Students are encouraged to complete an application found online at www.ncc.edu/admissions. For questions regarding the application process contact the Office of Admissions,
Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530-6793, or by calling
516.572.7345, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOINT ADMISSIONS WITH FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
Applicants who plan to continue their education at a four-year college after graduation
may be better prepared for acceptance by taking advantage of Nassau's joint admissions
options. Joint admissions agreements currently exist with SUNY-Stony Brook, SUNY-Old
Westbury, SUNY-Albany, Hofstra, Adelphi University, L.I.U. Post, Dowling College and
St. John's University.
Students can apply for joint admissions at the time that they apply for admission.
Joint admission applicants are usually contacted by the senior institution. Acceptance
to the senior institution is conditional upon receipt of the Nassau Community College
transcript and may require a particular grade point average and/or additional course
work to satisfy the senior college's entrance and/or graduation requirements. Students
are strongly encouraged to contact the senior college of their choice for further
information on the joint admissions opportunities.
For admission with advanced standing from an accredited college (s), students must
submit a copy of their high school credentials and official college records to the
Office of Admissions. All academic records should be mailed to: Office of Admissions,
Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530-6793. It is the
student's responsibility to make sure the College receives all official transcripts
by appropriate admission completion deadline dates. See the catalog section on Transferring
and Earning Credits.
Transfer Policy and Procedure:
The Office of Admissions will provide an evaluation of transfer credit for degree-seeking
students when an official college transcript is provided during the admissions process.
Once a student is in attendance, The Office of the Registrar oversees the maintenance of all academic
records and will assist in the evaluation of transfer credits or re-evaluation.
Only equivalent courses with a grade of “C” or higher will be accepted from other
regionally accredited postsecondary institutions. Credits from institutions other than regionally accredited schools will be reviewed
and may be evaluated for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Official, sealed
transcript(s) are required for evaluation. Students must complete a minimum of 33
residential credits at NCC within a degree program or 15 credits within a certificate
program (certain academic departments at NCC may limit the number of credits transferred
into their academic program). Transfer courses above the 33 credits will be initially excluded. Courses completed on a trimester
or quarterly basis will be converted to semester hour credits. It is recommended that
a student requests a re-evaluation of their transfer credits if they change their
program of study while in attendance. Students must submit a Change of Program request
in order to update their major.
Opportunities are available to students through a policy of credit allowance for "life
experience" and "credit by examination." Placement into courses or credit may be
granted as is approved by the College based on one or more of the following methods:
(1) Departmental criteria (including written examinations, interviews, evaluation
of past work or study, auditions, etc.); (2) College Level Examination Program (CLEP);
(3) College Proficiency Examination (CPE); (4) Advanced Placement tests (AP); (5)
International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; (6) United States Armed Forces Institute Examinations
(USAFI/DANTES). The departments awarding credit for advanced standing and/or "life
experience" are Accounting/Business Administration, Administrative Business Technology,
Allied Health, Art, Biology, Criminal Justice, Engineering/Physics/ Technology, Health/Physical
Education/Recreation, Hospitality Business, Marketing/Retailing, Mathematics/Computer
Science, Music, Nursing, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre/Dance.
Students interested in advanced standing and/or "life experience" credit should contact
the appropriate department.
If you do not agree with your transfer credit evaluation, please contact the Office
of Admissions before the start of classes or if classes have started contact the Office
of the Registrar. All requests must be made prior to the conclusion of the NCC Add/Drop
period of the semester for which you were admitted.
Note: Transfer credit from previous institutions will not compute in the grade point average
at Nassau Community College. Students must submit official high school and college
records to the Office of Admissions (One Education Drive, Garden City, N.Y. 11530-6793).
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the college receives all official
transcripts by appropriate admission deadline dates.
Service Members Opportunity College (SOC)
NCC offers active-duty military personnel evaluation of transfer credit. Students
must submit military based training transcripts prior to enrollment for review of
transfer credit. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Returning degree-seeking students who have attended another college after leaving
NCC must reapply online at ww.ncc.edu/apply. After acceptance the Office of Admissions
will conduct a transfer credit evaluation. Students who were academically dismissed
and want to return should review the Academic Standing section of this catalog for
information on how to be re-admitted or visit http://www.ncc.edu/campusservices/dean_of_students/academic_dismissal_appeal.shtml
Students in good academic standing who have previously attended Nassau Community College,
and have not enrolled at the College in four (4) consecutive semesters (including
fall, winterim, spring, or summer semesters) are considered to be returning students
for the purposes of registration. Such students must be readmitted and are charged a
re-admit fee. Returning students who have not attended another college may apply online at www.ncc.edu/apply or visit the Office
of the Registrar for re-admission. Returning students who have attended another college
after leaving NCC must reapply through the Office of Admissions, in order for their
transfer courses to be evaluated. Students who were dismissed and want to return should
review the Academic Standing section of this catalog for information on how to be
Returning students requesting a new area of study must submit to the Office of the
Registrar a Change of Program form approved by the appropriate academic department
chairperson. Students who were once enrolled in high-demand programs, such as Nursing
or one of the Allied Health Science programs, may not be permitted to re-enroll in
these departments if seats are not available.
Returning students interested in re-entering any of these high-demand programs should
contact the appropriate academic department. If readmission to the program is not
possible, students will have to select another program of study, if they wish to enroll
as degree-seeking students with matriculated status.
COURSE CATALOG FOR ADMISSION
Students may graduate under the official catalog in effect at the time they first
started at the College, provided the program of study has not been revised or discontinued
and five (5) years have not elapsed since it was revised or discontinued. If five
(5) years have elapsed, students must meet the current requirements of the program
NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS
Students who do not intend to pursue a degree or certificate at Nassau, but plan to
take courses for personal enrichment or professional growth, should apply as non-degree
students. Non-degree students are not required to take the College's skills placement
test unless the course(s) they wish to take require minimum scores on these tests.
In particular, they will be prohibited from enrolling in any credit-bearing English,
reading or mathematics courses until placement test results are available. Certain
exemptions are granted, as noted in the following section on Placement Tests.
Non-degree students are not eligible for state and federal financial aid programs.
Additionally, non-degree students may be restricted from taking certain courses due
to pre-requisites. Students in attendance who wish to change from non-degree to degree-seeking
(i.e. matriculated status) must contact the Office of the Registrar. Additional requirements
may have to be completed before matriculation can occur. Students should review the
Degree-Seeking Student section of this catalog for matriculation requirements.
Students who are matriculated at another institution may, with the permission of their
home institution, study at Nassau Community College for up to two consecutive semesters,
while still maintaining matriculated status at their home college. For information
and a Visiting Student application, visit us online or contact the Office of the Registrar.
ENROLLMENT OPTIONS FOR NON-HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
The College enables some high school students who have completed their junior year
to enroll as full-time freshmen. Arrangements can be made with the high school so
that successful completion of the freshman year of college entitles these students
to a high school diploma. Students applying for early admission normally must meet
the following minimum requirements:
- completion of the junior year (11th grade) of high school;
- completion of at least 16 academic units of college-prep courses in high school;
- achievement in high school that would place the applicant in the upper 20 percent
of the high school class;
- standardized test scores which give strong evidence of intellectual ability to do
- sufficient emotional maturity to cope with and benefit from an early college experience,
as evidenced in an interview with an admissions counselor;
- permission of the high school counselor or principal.
Applicants for the Early Admission option must complete the College's admission application.
Students are also required to arrange an appointment with an admissions counselor.
The following items are needed at the time of the interview:
- a brief statement of the intended purpose of early study;
- recommendation of a counselor or principal, including a list of specific courses that
the student must complete at the College to qualify for a high school diploma (if
- a transcript of high school courses completed and in progress;
- all available standardized test results;
- additional items may be requested.
High School Enrichment
The College allows some high school seniors to enroll in College courses (maximum
of two courses per semester) during the regular academic year, while continuing to
attend high school. Students applying for this enrichment option are expected to must
meet the following minimum requirements:
- completion of the junior year (11th grade) of high school;
- achievement in high school that would place the applicant in the upper 20 percent
in subjects being elected for advanced study;
- evidence of sufficient emotional maturity to cope with and benefit from an early college
experience as evidenced in an interview with an admissions counselor;
- acceptable general academic achievement in high school;
- permission of high school counselor or principal.
High school juniors and seniors who elect the High School Enrichment Option and who
have consistently excelled in high school can take a class in the Honors sequence
at the College. To qualify, students must have a 90 percent average in academic subjects
and a minimum score of 1500 on the PSAT or SAT exam (500 minimum on each of the critical
reading, writing and math sections). Interested students should contact the Honors
Program coordinator for additional information regarding application at 516.572.7194.
The High School Equivalency (HSE)
Nassau Community College's Office of Admissions will consider applications from students
who do not have high school diplomas and who want to earn high school equivalency
diploma (HSE) through the completion of college credits. These applicants normally
should meet the following minimum criteria:
- be at least 18 years of age;
- have been out of high school at least one year past the date of graduation of their
high school class;
- exhibit a genuine desire to obtain a college degree.
Students applying in this status must meet with a counselor from the Office of Admissions,
complete the regular admissions application, supply official high school credentials,
and take the basic skills placement test. Applicants who do not meet all of these
criteria may present unique circumstances to request special consideration for admission.
The State University of New York, State Education Department, High School Equivalency
Diploma Program provides that persons who have not earned a high school diploma may
be issued a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) if they "provide
satisfactory evidence that they have successfully completed twenty-four  credits
(semester hours) or the equivalent as a recognized candidate for a college-level degree
or certificate at an approved institution." The twenty-four credits must be distributed
as follows: six  credits in English language arts, including writing, speaking
and reading (literature); three  credits in mathematics; three  credits in natural
science; three  credits in social science; three  credits in humanities; and
six  credits that fulfill college degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged
to consult with academic advisors so that, as much as possible, the courses they take
will fulfill the requirements specified above for the equivalency diploma, as well
as for the Nassau college degree the student wishes to obtain. Non-credit lifelong
learning (continuing education) courses taken solely for personal or cultural enrichment,
and not part of a specific degree or certificate program, may not be used to obtain
an equivalency diploma. Students who have completed or who are nearing the completion
of these requirements should go to the Registrar's Office to obtain an application
for the equivalency diploma, which they must file with the New York State Education
Department. Students admitted under this program cannot be granted a degree or certificate
without the equivalency diploma granted by the state.
Applicants to the College without a high school diploma begin in non-degree status
based on their lack of a high school credential. Students who do not qualify for degree-seeking
status may, nonetheless, follow a degree or certificate program as non-degree students
in anticipation of their subsequently completing the HSE. Once students have received
the HSE, they may apply for degree-seeking status. While in non-degree status, students
are not eligible for financial aid.
Students Schooled at Home
Students schooled at home are encouraged to work with their school district office
to obtain a letter signed by the school superintendent which verifies that they have
completed the “substantial equivalent of a four-year high school program.”
While Nassau Community College recognizes home schooling as a legitimate educational
option, students schooled at home who are unable to present a superintendent’s letter
are considered to be without a high school diploma. As such , they are expected to
meet the same admission requirements listed for the high school equivalency.
Home schooled applicants may be eligible for the Early Admissions option described
above. It is recommended that students keep a detailed “unofficial transcript” of
courses completed with specific information such as reading lists and/or syllabi for
each course. In addition, writing samples and lab reports, formal documents from correspondence
schools or organizations through which courses were taken, and evaluations and/or
grades received for each subject may be helpful in evaluation students’ readiness
for particular programs of study. Submission of SAT and/or ACT scores, and scores
for other standardized tests, is highly recommended.
Students with special circumstances may speak to a representative in the Office of
GUARANTEED TRANSFER AGREEMENTS
Because Nassau Community College is a member of the State University of New York,
its students are guaranteed a full four-year degree at a SUNY institution if they
meet academic qualifications at the local campus and at the transfer school.
This guarantee may or may not be met at the SUNY senior institution of the student's
choice. The College has developed many articulation agreements with 4-year institutions,
both public and private, to guarantee acceptance for Nassau Community College graduates
who successfully complete certain criteria while in attendance here. Students are
urged to take advantage of these guaranteed programs.
Contact the NCC academic department involved or the Transfer Office in Nassau Hall
during the first semester of attendance to follow the correct course of study. Many
of these offerings are described in the "Programs of Study" section of this catalog.