• SUNY Rockland is the only public higher education institution in Rockland County. It has served as an educational resource for Rockland since 1959, offering small classes, personal attention and caring faculty. In addition to the main campus in Suffern, the College operates extension sites in Spring Valley and Haverstraw. Close to 10,000 people are enrolled in credit and non-credit courses, and over 200,000 visit the campus each year for cultural, recreational and commercial events.

School Highlights

Rockland Community College serves 5,735 students (50% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is same as the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 57%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,735 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,654
  • Out-state tuition: $8,953
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 60%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Rockland Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in New York for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 547 teachers has grown by 126% over five years.
Rockland Community College
(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Private, non-profit
Total Faculty
547 staff
158 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Rockland Community College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Rockland Community College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.72. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,735 students
1,380 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,894 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,841 students
511 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
446 students
428 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,894 students
869 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
25 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,841 students
642 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
42 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
408 students
% Asian
6%
8%
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% Hispanic
26%
23%
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% Black
17%
17%
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% White
40%
43%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
6%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.74
0.72
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
28%
30%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.55%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$40,400
$35,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,654 is less than the state average of $5,507. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,953 is less than the state average of $10,195. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,654
$5,507
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,953
$10,195
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
58%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$8,500
$13,841
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
72%
SAT Reading
n/a
475
SAT Math
n/a
505
SAT Writing
n/a
485
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
23
ACT Math
n/a
25
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Located in the historic and scenic Hudson Valley only 25 miles northwest of New York City, picturesque Rockland offers the best of all worlds, including recreational and cultural attractions and easy access to the educational and artistic resources of the city. Over 300 community and commercial groups use the campus facilities each year, including the Fieldhouse's two-acre indoor arena, sports facilities and the 500-seat Cultural Arts Theater. SUNY Rockland was recently ranked the safest community college campus in the NY-CT-PA region. A new Technology Building currently under construction is scheduled to open in late 2006. The 100,000 sq. ft. building, the first new permanent construction on campus in over twenty years, will house student services and over ninety faculty and staff offices. It will feature 21 state-of-the-art classrooms, including a lecture hall and computer laboratories, increasing classroom capacity on campus by about 40%. The College offers 41 programs in the humanities, social sciences, arts, technologies, business, health professions, mathematics and sciences, including 29 associate's degrees and 12 one-year certificate programs. The MTS (Mentored/Talented Students) and MgD (Management Development) programs are nationally acclaimed, rigorous academic programs for liberal arts and business students seeking to transfer to premier colleges. Graduates transfer to such colleges as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Smith. Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the Honors Programs. The program was awarded a coveted FIPSE grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a model for community college honors programs throughout the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rockland Community College cost?

Rockland Community College's tuition is approximately $4,654 for In-State students and $8,953 for Out-State students.

What is Rockland Community College's ranking?

Rockland Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in New York for: Diversity in US community colleges and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,735 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,654
  • Out-state tuition: $8,953
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 60%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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