Jefferson Community College

  • Jefferson Community College is one of 64 campuses--and one of 30 community colleges--which comprise the State University of New York (SUNY) system; it is the only institution of higher education whose campus is within a 50 mile radius of the city of Watertown, NY.
School Highlights
  • Jefferson Community College serves 3,602 students (55% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 51%.
  • Jefferson Community College is the only community colleges within Jefferson County, NY.
  • The nearest community college to Jefferson Community College is SUNY College of Technology at Canton (56.6 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 135 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
Jefferson Community College(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty135 staff81 staff
Jefferson Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Jefferson Community College has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
  • The Jefferson Community College diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,602 students1,701 students
Jefferson Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:128:1
Jefferson Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,982 students1,163 students
Jefferson Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,620 students538 students
Jefferson Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Jefferson Community College Enrollment Breakdown NY All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Jefferson Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Jefferson Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Jefferson Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Jefferson Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Jefferson Community College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Jefferson Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NY All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.390.69
Jefferson Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Jefferson Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,400$35,300
Jefferson Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,752 is less than the state average of $5,512. The in-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,504 is less than the state average of $10,202. The out-state tuition has grown by 63% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,752$5,512
Jefferson Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,504$10,202
Jefferson Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%91%
Jefferson Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,128$13,747
Jefferson Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,527$5,868
Jefferson Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Golf,
Lacrosse, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
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Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The College offers 17 A.A.S. career curricula, 15 transfer A.A. or A.S. curricula and 9 certificate programs. Along with its credit bearing programs, the College offers a variety of workshops, seminars and workforce training opportunities. Cultural events, open to the public, routinely include film and theatrical events, lectures, seminars, and art exhibitions. Personal, academic, and vocational counseling are provided to both students and the community. The College is supervised by the State University of New York and sponsored by Jefferson County. Its service area is largely rural, with agriculture and tourism the dominant industries. The College campus, located near Interstate Highway 81 on the western boundary of the City of Watertown, consists of eight permanent buildings, athletic fields and ample parking for its commuter student body. Technology plays an important role in supporting the educational process at the College. There are 5 instructional computer classrooms and one open computer resource center which are all connected to a campus-wide network. Faculty and staff have access to the same campus-wide network from their offices for application and information sharing as well as electronic mail and Internet access. In addition to its Middle States accreditation, the College is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is a member of the Sevicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) and the Servicemembers Opportunity College Associate Degree Network (SOCAD). Jefferson is a founding member of the higher educational consortium, SUNY Colleges in the North Country.

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For New York public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,512 per year for in-state students and $10,202 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,236 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 score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. 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.