Onondaga Community College

4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Tel: (315)498-2622
12,749 students
Public institution
Onondaga Community College makes high quality educational programs and services accessible to our diverse citizenry, empowering individuals to explore and discover their inherent potential and to transform themselves to live, work and thrive in our global community.
School Highlights:
Onondaga Community College serves 12,749 students (50.41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 55%.
Onondaga Community College is one of 7 community colleges within Onondaga County, NY.
The nearest community college is Simmons Institute of Funeral Service Inc (2.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 361 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
College Onondaga Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 361 staff
61 staff
Onondaga Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 12,749 teachers has grown by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.27 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment 12,749 students 1,296 students
Onondaga Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
Onondaga Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 6,427 students
810 students
Onondaga Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 6,322 students
1,036 students
Onondaga Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Onondaga Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Onondaga Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Onondaga Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Onondaga Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Onondaga Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Onondaga Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Onondaga Community College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Onondaga Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Onondaga Community College Non Resident (2011-2013)
Onondaga Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.27 0.53
Onondaga Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,756 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has declined by 40% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,928 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,756 $5,694
Onondaga Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,928 $10,252
Onondaga Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 779 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 70%
Onondaga Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Onondaga Community College is a college of the State University of New York system and one of 30 locally sponsored community colleges throughout New York State. Onondaga County is the sponsor for Onondaga Community College. In 1962, OCC opened its doors to 500 entering freshmen at Midtown Plaza in the urban center of Syracuse, New York. Outgrowing the city center location, the College moved to its present site in 1973, situated on 216 acres on Onondaga Hill, four miles from the city. The campus is noted for its hills, wooded terrain and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Eight buildings housing over 50 different degree-granting programs and student residence halls designed to accommodate up to 500 students (slated to open in fall 2006) make up the present campus. Enrollment has grown from the original 500 to over 8,000 students. The curricula have been expanded from an original offering of eight programs to 47 today; the faculty has grown to keep pace with enrollment; the original graduating class of 1962 numbered 177. Now, nearly 1500 degrees are awarded annually. More than 20,000 persons have graduated since 1964 and over 500,000 citizens have availed themselves of the college's programs and services. Onondaga Community College students experience success in transferring to four-year colleges, both within and outside the State University of New York system. At the same time, the number of students completing the technological or career-oriented programs equals those planning to earn Baccalaureate degrees. We offer two-year degree programs that serve as job-entry educational experiences or transfer opportunities to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year campuses. An advantage of the SUNY system is that credits are easily transferable between campuses for students who want to continue their education beyond the community college level. We also offer shorter certificate programs. We are in the forefront of efforts to meet the accelerating pace of technological developments and requirements of continuing educational opportunity for all. The College endeavors to provide the full college experience and offers a full compliment of clubs and organizations to enrich student life. A comprehensive array of student support services enables our students to be successful in achieving their academic goals no matter what their life stage when entering the academic setting.

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Did You Know?
Syracuse community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.27, which is lower than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Syracuse is Bryant & Stratton College-Syracuse. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.