About NCC

One of every five college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County makes Nassau Community College his/her college of first choice. For most, NCC is the start of an experience that will lead to four or more years of advanced learning. For others, earning the two-year Associate Degree will lead to employment in the regional job market.

Sharing the classrooms are a growing number of more mature students. Some are attending college for the first time, others returning for specialized training that often leads to career change or advancement. More than a quarter of today's student population is over the age of 27. The College serves these "non-traditional" students with special adult orientation and advice from enrolled adult students.

Nassau Community College was created as part of the State University of New York by the Nassau County Board of Supervisors on February 9, 1959. When the College opened in a wing of the County Court House in Mineola on February 1, 1960, it had only 632 students.

Enrollment increased dramatically after 1962, when classes were moved to spacious facilities at the former U.S. Air Force base at Mitchel Field. It reached over 23,000 students in 1982, following the completion in 1978 of two new academic wings, a modern library, physical education complex, and administrative tower. Despite fewer high school graduates today, 23,404 students were enrolled in the Fall of 2014.

In January 1997, a new Social Sciences and Visual Arts Building opened, and in September of the same year the new 85,000-square-foot College Center became operational.

Having opened for classes in fall 2012, the 72,000 square foot Life Sciences Building, which houses the Chemistry and Nursing programs as well as common use classrooms, is the recipient of the LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The Life Sciences Building includes state-of-the-art organic and inorganic chemistry laboratories as well as advanced simulation laboratories modeled after modern hospital rooms for our nursing students. Every classroom is equipped with the latest digital audio visual resources to facilitate active learning.

In the fall of 2016, the new Student Service Center opened. It is a 30,000 square foot facility which houses all major student enrollment services – Admissions, Advisement, Placement Testing, Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Student Financial Affairs, ID Card issuing, Information Services and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) for NCC. The facility features a fully automated queuing system speeding up student registration and drastically reduce wait time. The Center includes information kiosks, self-service stations, and television monitors to keep student up to date on important college news.

As the needs of a maturing Nassau County change, the College, too, is evolving and developing. Among recent initiatives is a college-wide retention committee that is committed to finding ways of increasing the College's retention rate. The committee is represented and administration.

To help students expand their opportunities for easy transfer, the College engages in a cooperative effort with its SUNY/Long Island neighbors and the private colleges and universities that comprise the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education. In addition, NCC recently updated its degree audit program to the very popular DegreeWorks program as part of a SUNY wide initiative which enables students to stay aware of degree requirements, perform what-if scenarios, and eventually be to see how credits will transfer for students staying in the SUNY system.

Nassau Community College, the largest single campus community college of SUNY's 30 community colleges, enjoys a nationwide reputation for academic excellence and ease of transferability to four-year schools. Nassau's faculty is one of the best in New York State, having a higher than average number of Ph.D.’s and Ed.Ds and one of the lowest teacher/student ratios. The modern campus includes a library with sophisticated audio-visual facilities, as well as classroom/laboratory wings equipped with personal computers and state-of-the-art apparatus for instruction in over 70 different fields of study in business, fine and performing arts, health-related sciences, liberal arts and sciences, mathematics/computer processing, natural sciences, engineering technologies and social sciences. Weekend, evening and Distance Education courses are available as well.

At Nassau, the hours spent outside the classroom are as important as those spent in study. Students may join a club or create one, run a newspaper or run for office, book a band or play in it, deejay or dance, act or interact, work or play. The extensive campus life at Nassau Community College offers students the opportunity to sample their career choices or explore recreational areas of interest. Nassau campus life offers over 100 clubs to join and numerous recreational and social events to attend. Spring, summer, winter or fall, Nassau Community College offers students an outstanding array of activities for relaxation and personal growth.

Expert coaching in the finest indoor and outdoor athletic facilities has made the men's and women's varsity teams at Nassau a dominant force in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Individual athletes have gone on to prominence at senior colleges and universities, as well as in professional sports and as coaches and physical education teachers.

The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 267.284.5000
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The College is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents and by the New York State Department of Education to award two-year Associate Degrees in Arts (A.A.), Science (A.S.), Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associates of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.), and is also authorized to award Certificates for programs of study of less than two years. Specific academic programs are also accredited separately by appropriate professional organizations, including the following:

  • ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Phone: 404.975.5000, Fax: 404.975.5020);
  • Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting;
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegal Approval Commission;
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Mortuary Science AAS;
  • American Health Information Management Association;
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education;
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care;
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.;
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, New York State Department of Health;
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, Commission on Accreditation.

EXPECT A GREAT COMMUNITY: After all, community is our middle name. The NCC campus practically spills over with activities and events. And we understand that you're busy. It's why we work hard to bring fascinating people to the campus, free or low-cost events, and programs that you'll find worthwhile. Because although we can't add extra hours to your daily life, we can add life to your hours.

Ever notice how the most energetic and happy people tend to be the ones who also love to keep learning new things? We have. In fact, we see at least 15,000 of them every year in Nassau Community College's Continuing Education classes. They take advantage of our more than 300 Lifelong Learning courses to sharpen their skills, gain professional competencies or just indulge in a hobby they've always wanted to try.

So, here's a question: Where do you want to go? Whether your ultimate goal is a new career, a promotion, transfer to a four-year college, or getting more enjoyment out of life, the way to get there is Nassau Community College. NCC offers three different degrees, plus special certificate programs. Course schedules are flexible enough to work around your busy life.
Begin with excellent programs in more than 70 fields of study. You'll learn from faculty who are all about making connections in their fields and in their classrooms. You'll get experience in first-class facilities using the cutting-edge equipment and technology that you can expect to find in your career. And you'll have opportunities for internships, practica, and study abroad, all at a remarkable value. Talk about advanced!

Nassau Community College students exceed the national average of transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Our students arrive at their four-year institutions as juniors, fully prepared for the next leg of their educational journey. Plus, they've saved a bundle on tuition while at NCC. Get the straight story on how easy NCC can make your transferability.

Our full-time faculty rank at the top. They're first among the community colleges in New York State for the number of faculty members who receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. They hold doctorates at twice the national average for community colleges. And they're in your classrooms every day, every night and every weekend. Talk about dedication!

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