Dutchess Community College

Tel: (845)431-8000
  • The mission of Dutchess Community College is to provide open access to affordable, quality post-secondary education to citizens of Dutchess County and others. As a comprehensive community college, DCC offers college transfer and occupational/technical degree programs, certificate programs, lifelong learning opportunities, and service to the community. The College provides educational experiences that enable qualified students to expand their academic capabilities and further develop thinking and decision making skills. By providing a full collegiate experience, the College seeks to ensure that all students achieve their individual potential.
School Highlights
  • Dutchess Community College serves 9,905 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 52%.
  • Dutchess Community College is the only community colleges within Dutchess County, NY.
  • The nearest community college is Ulster County Community College (14.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 285 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
Dutchess Community College(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty285 staff85 staff
Dutchess Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 9,905 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has decreased from 39:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.46 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,905 students1,688 students
Dutchess Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio35:127:1
Dutchess Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,666 students1,163 students
Dutchess Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,239 students525 students
Dutchess Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Dutchess Community College Enrollment Breakdown NY All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Dutchess Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% Asian
Dutchess Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Dutchess Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Dutchess Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Dutchess Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Dutchess Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Dutchess Community College Non Resident (2009-2016)
% Unknown races
Dutchess Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NY All Ethnic Groups 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.0.460.70
Dutchess Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Dutchess Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$35,300
Dutchess Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,635 is less than the state average of $5,480. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,835 is less than the state average of $9,953. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,635$5,480
Dutchess Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,835$9,953
Dutchess Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid69%92%
Dutchess Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,250$13,747
Dutchess Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,868
Dutchess Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1957, DCC has the lowest tuition of any college or university in the state. The college offers Associate's degrees and Certificates in over 60 academic areas of study. Our curriculums include career-oriented programs as well as those designed for successful transfer to a four-year college or university. Dutchess Community College is situated on a 130-acre hilltop campus with fantastic scenery and a park-like setting. Graced with lovely buildings and facilities, the campus is also enhanced by beautiful landscaping and a broad array of sculptures and other art. On fair-weather days, many of the College's 8,000 students can be seen strolling along the walkways or studying in one of the many attractive outdoor settings. Class sizes at Dutchess are small, with the average class size being less than 20 students. Dutchess was the first college in the state to offer a comprehensive jointly-registered transfer program in teacher education (with SUNY New Paltz), covering birth through twelfth grade. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Did You Know?
For New York public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,480 per year for in-state students and $9,953 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,254 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in New York is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

New York 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 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in New York is St Paul's School of Nursing-Queens. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.