Dutchess Community College

  • 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 8,691 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 61%.

Top Rankings

Dutchess Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in New York for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 503 teachers has grown by 86% over five years.
Dutchess Community College(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalBaccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty503 staff158 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Dutchess Community College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The Dutchess Community College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.74. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,691 students1,437 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:111:1
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# Full-Time Students3,514 students858 students
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# Part-Time Students5,177 students579 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
465408
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% Asian
4%
8%
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% Hispanic
21%
24%
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% Black
11%
19%
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% White
56%
39%
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% Two or more races
4%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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Diversity Score0.630.74
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College Completion Rate
29%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$35,200
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,635 is less than the state average of $5,464. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,835 is less than the state average of $10,103. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,635$5,464
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,835$10,103
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid70%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,625$14,216
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Dutchess Community College is Ulster County Community College (14.6 miles away).
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For New York public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,464 per year for in-state students and $10,103 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,522 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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New York community colleges have a diversity score of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in New York is Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.