Types of Students

Students entering NCCC are accepted under one of the following classifications:

New Students

Freshmen—applicants with no previous college experience—may be admitted in the fall, spring or summer semesters, depending upon program availability. See specific curriculum outlines in the catalog.

Re-Admit Students

A readmit student is one who previously attended NCCC in a matriculated status and who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Attended previously in a matriculated status but has interrupted enrollment for at least one semester
  • Was academically dismissed
  • Voluntarily withdrew from a matriculated status
  • Is an NCCC graduate in a certificate or an associate degree program wishing to continue enrollment in a different academic major

Readmit students who wish to continue their education at NCCC in a matriculated status must apply for readmission through the Admissions Office. Students who readmit to the College must follow the curriculum requirements at the time of readmission. Students who were academically dismissed and wish to readmit must file an academic appeal with the Office of Academic Affairs, Phone: 716-614-6450. www.niagaracc.suny.edu/academics/dismissal

Readmit students must also complete prerequisites as required in their program of choice before an application can be accepted.

Transfer Students

A transfer student is one who has completed at least one course at another college. Official transcript(s) will be evaluated to determine if any credits are applicable to the certificate or degree program. A minimum of 50 percent of the credits required for the certificate or degree program must be completed at NCCC.

CAUTION: Students must disclose all prior institutions attended and send official college transcript from each. Failure to do so could result in a reversal of admission decision.

To help you determine how your prior coursework will transfer to NCCC, you can find our online transfer articulation guide HERE. This is a listing by transfer institution of commonly accepted coursework and its equivalent at NCCC.

An official transcript can be obtained by student’s request from the Registrar’s Office at the previous college(s) attended. Transfer credits may be accepted for members of the U.S. Armed Forces by submitting a Certified DD214 Form.

Applicants are encouraged to submit standardized test scores (eg., SAT or ACT) as part of the application process for admission. If submitted, these tests will be used only to determine if the student must take the College placement tests.

It is important to note that you must be accepted into NCCC before scheduling placement tests (except for those programs, including allied health programs, which require testing PRIOR to acceptance).

Considering transferring within the SUNY system?
Visit the SUNY transfer page for more information.


International Students

NCCC welcomes students from different countries. NCCC requires the items listed below for admission to the College. International (F-1 Visa) students must attend full time with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and must be officially accepted (matriculated) into a degree program. Canadian students can attend on a part time basis.

 Acceptance into a degree program is based on the following items:

  • Completed NCCC application
  • Official High School (Secondary School) transcript in certified English translation with proof of graduation
  • Assessment for placement in reading, writing, and math. NCCC uses the testing instrument, ACCUPLACER for this purpose.

    It is important to note that you must be accepted into NCCC before scheduling placement tests (except for those programs, including allied health programs, which require testing PRIOR to acceptance).

  • Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella
  • TOEFL score: ibT(61) or paper (500)
  • Written autobiographical essay (Form FSA-2) highlighting the student's reasons for seeking admission to NCCC and a certified bank statement of financial support (Form FSA-4) equal to or greater than current tuition and living expenses estimated by the campus for one year. These required forms are found at: www.suny.edu/Student/forms.cfm. These are print-only forms and once completed, originals must be mailed to NCCC Office of Admissions.

It is necessary to require that completed applications for international students be received by July 15 for Fall enrollment and December 1 for Spring enrollment.