FAQs  

ADMISSIONS

COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID

ACADEMICS

ABOUT NCCC

STUDENT LIFE




ADMISSIONS

Q. How do I apply to NCCC?

A. Applying to NCCC is simple—and it’s free if you use NCCC’s application form rather than SUNY’s. Visit the admissions section for specific application requirements.

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Q. When is the application deadline?

A. With NCCC’s open-enrollment admissions policy, applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The sooner you send in your completed application, the sooner you’ll get a reply.

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COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID

Q. How much does it cost to attend NCCC?

A. As part of the SUNY network, NCCC remains one of the most affordable schools in the state. You could pay thousands of dollars in tuition alone for a semester at a four-year school—or spend the same amount for a full year of tuition, fees, and supplies at NCCC. Click here for a list of tuition and fees.

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Q. Can I receive financial aid?

A. NCCC wants to ensure that every admitted student who wants to attend the college does so, regardless of his or her financial situation. Federal aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and work-study opportunities. About 80 percent of NCCC students receive some type of financial aid. You’ll have to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. Need help navigating the confusing maze of financial aid? Start here.

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Q. Does NCCC offer any scholarships?

NCCC offers a variety of Scholarships through the NCCC Foundation, Inc.

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Q. What are the FAFSA codes for NCCC?

A. NCCC’s Federal Pell Code is 002874, and the State TAP Code is 2215.

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ACADEMICS

Q. What programs do you offer?

A. You can choose from seventy (70) programs in some of the fastest-growing fields. Just click on the programs link below for more information.

See a complete list of our programs.

 

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Q. How long does it take to complete a program?

A. In general, full-time students enrolled in a certificate program finish in as little as ten months. Associate degrees take roughly two years of full-time study. If you’re enrolled on a part-time basis, it will take longer to finish these programs.

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Q. Will credits I earn at NCCC transfer to other institutions?

A. With NCCC’s dual admission, joint registration and transfer articulation programs, you can complete your associate degree at NCCC and transfer to a four-year institution as a junior. Participating schools include:

Canisius College Daemen College D’Youville College Hilbert College Medaille College New York Chiropractic College Niagara University SUNY at Buffalo (UB) SUNY College at Brockport SUNY College at Buffalo (Buff State) SUNY College at Fredonia SUNY Empire State College SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry SUNY Upstate Medical University and many more!

More information about dual admission can be found here.

Plus, you’ll find that many credits you earn at NCCC can be transferred into other institutions.

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Q. Can I get credit for prior learning?

A. NCCC recognizes that learning occurs throughout life. That’s why you can get credit for knowledge you’ve gained through work experience or other pursuits—credit that can count toward your degree or certificate. Visit Credit for Prior Learning to find out how.

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Q. What academic calendar do you follow?

A. NCCC uses the semester system, with classes offered during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer session. A detailed calendar can be found here.

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Q. Do you offer any distance-learning programs?

A. Distance education gives you the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. With NCCC’s online courses, your course work can fit your schedule, not the other way around. NCCC is an affiliate of the SUNY Learning Network, giving you access to a broad array of classes. Click here to check out what’s available.

NCCC’s partnership with Franklin University makes it easy for you to earn your bachelor’s degree, giving you the edge in today’s competitive job market. You can take a combination of classes held at NCCC and online through Franklin University in such cutting-edge programs as:

Accounting
Applied Management
Business Administration
Computer Science
Digital Communication
Health-Care Management
Information Technology
Management
Management Information Systems
Public Safety Management

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Q. Are internships and study abroad opportunities available?

A. You can apply knowledge gained in the classroom where it matters most—in the real world. Internships are offered in a variety of programs. Or explore other cultures by studying abroad for a couple weeks or even a year.

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Q. What other educational opportunities does NCCC offer?

A. All community residents can benefit from NCCC’s Department of Workforce Training and Community Development. Learn new computer skills or start a GED, certificate, or college program. Find out more here.

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Q. What academic, career-placement, or other services can I take advantage of?

A. Here’s a sampling of how NCCC can help you:

 

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ABOUT NCCC

Q. Where is NCCC?

A. NCCC’s beautiful 250-acre campus is located in Sanborn, N.Y., a rural area about 10 miles east of Niagara Falls, 15 miles north of Buffalo, and 150 miles south of Toronto.

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Q. What is there to do in the area?

A. NCCC is just minutes from Niagara Falls, a tourist destination that draws millions of visitors each year, enjoying the majestic scenery up close. Niagara Falls is also home to some of the newest casinos on the East Coast. Buffalo is about 20 minutes from NCCC’s campus, offering students many opportunities for cultural and sports entertainment, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is a 90-minute drive from NCCC.

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Q. What are your alumni up to?

A. Nearly 90 percent of NCCC graduates remain in Western New York. All recent graduates from specific health and medical programs either are continuing their education or have already found a job in the field. More than half of all NCCC graduates attend four-year institutions in the United States and abroad.

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Q. What’s the makeup of the student body?

A. NCCC is a diverse learning community, serving students from all walks of life. The college has over 6,500 students, 59 percent of whom are women; 10 percent are minority students. About 1 percent are international students from six other countries. Nearly 5 percent of students transfer to NCCC from another institution.

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Q. What’s the student-to-faculty ratio?

A. NCCC’s 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio means smaller class sizes, higher-quality teaching, and the personal attention you need to succeed. We pride ourselves on having the best instructors around, who’ll get to know you as a person, taking the time to work with you one-on-one.

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Q. What academic and student facilities are available?

A. At NCCC, your success is the number-one priority. That’s why the college has invested so much money over the last few years in upgrades. Technological enhancements alone include teacher workstations, video projectors, screens, DVD players, VCRs, sound systems, Sympodium interactive pen display systems, and mobile “smart” carts with wireless laptop computers.

But NCCC has much more. Interested in sports? You’ll find a brand-new fitness center as well as a 2,200-seat gymnasium, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a bowling alley, athletic fields, a dance studio, and racquetball, squash, and tennis courts. Other facilities include an art gallery, a 700-seat theater, radio and TV stations, a snack bar and dining rooms, and a fully automated library.

You can take a virtual tour of the NCCC campus to see more. Or contact us to see the campus in person.

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Q. Whom should I contact for more information?

A. Questions about NCCC? Let us help you. Just get in touch with Kathy Saunders, Director of Admissions.

Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, N.Y.14132

Phone: 716.614.6200
Fax: 716.614.6820
E-mail: admissions@niagaracc.suny.edu

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STUDENT LIFE

Q. Is on-campus housing available?

A. NCCC opend brand-new on-campus housing in August 2008, which accommodates almost 350 students . The region has plenty of off-campus housing within a reasonable drive to NCCC. Currently, students who live off campus pay around $400–$700 a month for an apartment.

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Q. Are student meal plans available?

A. NCCC hosts a vast range of dining options, so you can get a bite to eat to satisfy whatever you’re craving. Sign up for a meal plan—it is more convenient than cash and ultimately saves money. Find out more here.

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Q. What can I do on campus?

A. Outside the classroom, you can engage an array of activities. More than 40 clubs and organizations call NCCC home. There’s always a theatrical, dance, musical, or other artistic performance on campus. The student government helps draw national speakers and entertainers to NCCC. Many students get involved in competitive or intramural sports.

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Q. Does NCCC have an athletics program?

A. NCCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, earning both regional and national reputations and placing among the finest in the nation. A number of competitive sports are available to men and women—check ’em out here. Or join NCCC’s intramural program and play sports like badminton, flag football, racquetball, swimming, and tennis.

NCCC has invested more than $2.4 million for a new health education and fitness center and for renovating the gymnasium and baseball and softball fields. Soon, we’ll upgrade existing facilities, construct a new field house and restrooms, and develop facilities to support new men’s and women’s teams in such growing sports as lacrosse, cross-country, and swimming.

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Q. Is transportation available?

A. Public transportation is limited—most students drive to campus.

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