Enrollment in credit courses at Dutchess Community College is open to all persons whose academic abilities and personal qualifications suggest that they may benefit from college study. Enrollment is determined without regard to the race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation of a student.
Students enroll in credit courses at Dutchess Community College for a variety of reasons. Some do so to earn a college degree that is required for entry into a particular career. Some complete a two-year degree for transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. Others take courses to qualify for promotions, certificates or licenses; to pursue an interest they have in a specific subject field; for general personal enrichment, and simply to try college study.
A free application form for admission as a full-time student may be found at www.sunydutchess.edu/apply.
Forms also are available by contacting Dutchess Community College’s Office of Admissions at (845) 431-8010 or may be obtained from any local high school guidance office.
Applicants from outside the local area may use the more generalized State University of New York (SUNY) application form to apply to Dutchess. There is an application fee for students wishing to use the SUNY application. These applications are available in all state high school guidance offices. Applicants must file a complete set of information as outlined on the application. In order to matriculate at Dutchess Community College, a student must have earned a high school diploma or equivalency diploma. (Note: An IEP Certificate or CDOS Credential is not considered a diploma.)
Part-time students who wish to take courses but who have not yet decided to enroll in a specific curriculum should simply register for their desired courses during the open registration period, assuming they meet the course prerequisites, if applicable. (Such students are technically designated as non-matriculated. Please see the definitions of matriculated and non-matriculated in “Types of Enrollment.”)
Importance of Advance Registration
Each semester, enrolled students are sent information and directions regarding advance registration. Advance registration for the spring semester begins in October, and advance registration for the fall semester begins in April. Students should register as early as possible since the most desired classes fill to capacity quickly. Once classes are closed, students may not appeal to faculty to join closed classes.
Students desiring to become candidates for degrees or certificates in specific programs (desiring to matriculate) should follow the directions in the section, “Types of Enrollment.”
Time to Apply
The College will accept and review applications at any time. However, students wishing to be admitted in the fall are strongly urged to submit their applications by the preceding April 1, while those wishing to enter in January should submit their applications by the preceding November 1. Students who wish to live in the residence hall should apply as early as possible.
Applicants who are residents of Dutchess and Putnam counties will be given preference in enrollment in high- demand curricula if they meet all stated admissions requirements.
When all application data have been received and evaluated, applicants for matriculation will be notified of their admissions status.
Types of Enrollment
Two sets of terms, “part-time and full-time,” and “matriculated and non-matriculated,” are commonly used to describe a student’s status at Dutchess. It is important for students to understand the meaning of the terms and how they may affect their enrollment.
The number of credit hours of study in which a student is enrolled as of the end of the third week of classes within a given semester determines whether a student is full-time or part-time. A student who is enrolled in 12 or more credits at that time in the fall or spring semester is considered full-time. A student enrolled in 11 or fewer credits is a part-time student. For students enrolled in non-credit courses, the equivalent credit hours of the courses are used in determining full- or part-time status. However, students should not confuse non-credit/credit equivalent courses with non-credit continuing education courses offered by the Office of Community Services and Special Programs.
All students enrolled in the summer terms are considered by the College to be part-time, even if their combined credit hours of study from all the summer sessions total 12 or more.
Students may change their status from full- to part-time or part- to full-time from one semester to the next. See the requirements for student status changes listed in this catalog and check registration directions for the semester in question.
Students may enroll in day or evening courses, regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time students.
To be matriculated means you have officially chosen and been accepted into a specific program of study at the College. You must be matriculated in order to be eligible for various types of financial aid, to receive an official transfer credit evaluation, or to take proficiency examinations.
In order to enter as a matriculated student, an applicant must present an official high school transcript showing proof of graduation from an accredited high school or a high school equivalency diploma (HSE). In addition to showing proof of graduation, transfer students should submit transcripts of all colleges attended prior to DCC.
Home-schooled students who submit the necessary documentation demonstrating compliance with the minimum requirements of the home instruction regulations, and have been granted a letter of substantial equivalency from their local school district, will be considered for admission in the same manner as a high school graduate.
Full-time and Part-time
Matriculated (Degree-seeking) students:
1. Fill out the Admissions Application available in the Admissions Office or at www.sunydutchess.edu/apply.
2. Submit Transcripts: Request that your official high school transcript, HSE, SAT/ACT scores, AP scores, DD214 (for veterans), and/or college transcripts be sent to the Dutchess Community College Admissions Office. Official high school transcripts may be mailed or faxed to (845) 431-8605 if accompanied by an official cover sheet from the high school guidance office.
3. Take Placement Test: If you are a new college student, you will be sent information about taking our placement test. Students who have successfully completed college-level English and/or math or received appropriate SAT/ACT scores may have portions of the test waived.
4. Register for Classes: Once you have submitted the appropriate paperwork and taken the placement test, you will be accepted and provided with registration information.
5. Apply for Financial Aid: Students wishing to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New York state residents also should complete the Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) application.
A matriculated student returns to non-matriculated status if he/she is academically dismissed and when he/she graduates. Graduates desiring to return to matriculated status should apply for a second degree or certificate in the Registrar’s Office.
Placement Testing - Registration
To ensure academic success in college, it is important that full-time and matriculated part-time students are placed in classes that are consistent with their current level of academic ability. To achieve accurate placement, each registrant takes a placement test, which is used to evaluate a student’s preparedness for college-level mathematics, English, and reading. Placement testing scores are valid for two years. A student may re-test within the two year timeframe only after completing a significant and approved academic intervention such as Smart Start, Reclaim My Math, or Refresh.
Students who have successfully completed a college-level English class or who have earned a score of 500 or better on the SAT writing exam or a 22 or better on the ACT English exam, are waived from taking the college’s English and reading course placement tests and can register for ENG 101. Students who have successfully completed a college-level math class or have earned a 500 or better on the SAT math exam or a 22 or better on the ACT math exam are waived from the college’s math placement test, for placement into 100-level math courses. SAT and/or ACT score reports need to be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to placement testing and the date of the SAT or ACT exams need to be within the last 2.5 years.
Students with a New York State high school transcript can be placed into 200-level college math courses on the basis of their grades on their Math Regents test scores and high school math courses. The placement test waiver does not apply at the 200 level to students without a New York State high school transcript.
Students whose placement test scores indicate that they would benefit from further college preparation are required to take the necessary pre-college courses beginning in their first semester. These pre-college courses do not carry credit towards a degree, and the grade earned is not calculated into a student’s grade point average. Students are required to earn a C or better in pre-college English and math courses to advance to college-level courses.
Students in need of testing accommodations who only need extended time may take the computer-based reading, English, and math course placement test without prior approval from the Office of Accommodative Services. For all other placement tests and accommodation requests, the student must contact the Office of Accommodative Services at (845) 431-8055 for information regarding documentation requirements. Testing accommodations must be approved by the Office of Accommodative Services prior to scheduling placement tests. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students who opt to take placement tests without their accommodations are not eligible to re-test with accommodations.
For more information about the placement test and/or to review sample test questions go to: www.sunydutchess.edu/testing.
Full Opportunity Program
Dutchess Community College participates in the Full Opportunity Program of the State University of New York. Under this plan the College guarantees “... to applicants residing in Dutchess County who graduated from school within the prior year and to applicants who are high school graduates and were released from active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States within the prior year ...” acceptance for matriculation in an appropriate program.
Admission under the Full Opportunity Program, however, does not guarantee that students will be able to complete the curriculum to which they have applied in two years of full-time study. The number of applicants in a given program or applicants’ academic backgrounds may require that students take five or more semesters to complete degree requirements.
The College reserves the right to make final decisions regarding all applicants. Those applicants who do not reside in Dutchess County may not be accepted for matriculation in a curriculum where a shortage of space for applicants from Dutchess County exists.
Early Admissions/Bridge Program
Certain high school students may benefit, either educationally or vocationally, by beginning college study earlier than the traditional college entry age. Dutchess provides an Early Admissions/Bridge program offering study in individual courses or in a selected college curriculum. We offer full or part-time options, based on the student’s needs and academic abilities.
Applicants for the Full-Time Early Admissions program must have completed 11th grade and must submit an Early Admission application completed by their parents and the high school counselor indicating the high school’s appraisal of the early admission applicant and an understanding of how DCC courses will be used in the student’s high school program. This application is available in local high school guidance offices, as well as the DCC Admissions Office.
Full-time applicants for early admission generally have a high school average of at least 85 and must place into ENG 101 on the placement test, and submit an essay for consideration. Courses taken as part of this program typically transfer back to the high school to meet graduation requirements.
Students should begin the Early Admissions process by consulting with their high school guidance office, early in the spring of their junior year. The application deadline for full-time enrollment in the Early Admissions program is August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring.
Applicants for the Part-Time Early Admissions program must have completed the 10th grade or be at least 16 years of age in order to be eligible and should indicate the ability to advance with other college students enrolled in the same curriculum.
High school students may attend DCC on a part-time basis as follows: The student must submit the Part-Time Early Admissions Application form at the time of registration. This form is available in the DCC Admissions and Registrar’s offices, and requires the signatures of both the high school guidance counselor (or principal) and the parent for the study to be undertaken. It is important for early admissions students to understand that they must have the prerequisite knowledge for the course(s) they undertake. This includes a satisfactory score on the placement test for entry into ENG 101 or MAT 100 or higher.
Both full- and part-time Early Admissions students must agree to have the College send their mid-term and final grades to their respective high schools.
Early Admissions students and their parents need to be aware that the Early Admissions program is not designed to function as an alternative to high school. The program is intended for students who possess above average high school grades and maturity, and desire to begin their college studies prior to graduating from high school.
Early Admissions applicants are not eligible for any type of financial aid, including student loans, or college athletics. Early Admissions applicants are not guaranteed admission. Decisions whether to accept high school students as full-time matriculants, as part-time non-matriculants, or to deny enrollment will be based on a review of all application credentials, including the high school counselor’s and teacher’s recommendations.
Admission with Advanced Standing (Transfer Credits)
In addition to completing the regular forms issued to all matriculating students, applicants who have studied at other colleges must fill out Transcript Request Forms. These forms are mailed to all colleges previously attended, requesting that the forms be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions.
Non-matriculated, part-time students who have taken course work at other colleges and wish to receive transfer credit, are encouraged to seek tentative evaluations of their previous college work prior to registering for courses at Dutchess. Appointments for such evaluations can be made in the Office of the Registrar.
Credits earned at other colleges will be evaluated in keeping with the requirements of the Dutchess curriculum to which a student is applying. Credit will be granted only for courses applicable to the desired curriculum. For students who have earned a bachelor of arts or science degree or a more advanced degree, every effort is made to award advanced standing credit for required general education courses in the Dutchess degree.
Normally, credits for which a student has earned a grade lower than C will not be accepted in transfer. Grades of P are normally accepted.
If a student fails a course at Dutchess Community College and repeats that course at another college, he or she may transfer that course back to Dutchess for credit. In such a case, the F on the transcript for the course failed will remain, the transfer course will be entered on the transcript under “credits from other sources,” and the F in the failed course will be eliminated from the computation of the CPA.
College credit earned through Excelsior College Examination Program, the CEEB Advanced Placement Program, the Dantes Subject Standardized Tests, and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) also are recognized by Dutchess. Test results should be mailed directly by the sponsoring agency to the Office of the Registrar.
Dutchess Community College also grants credits for those non-traditional educational experiences, including military experience, that are approved by the American Council on Education and are applicable to the curriculum in which a student is matriculating.
A degree candidate may receive up to 40 semester hours of credit through direct transfer of credits from other colleges, and/or through proficiency tests, and/or credit for learning through life experience, but these methods of earning credits will have no bearing on a student’s QPA or CPA.
Credit for Learning Through Life Experience
Dutchess Community College will grant credits to a student for learning gained through life experience that is the equivalent of required and/or elective courses in the student’s curriculum. Credits granted in this manner are called proficiency credits and are recorded on a student’s permanent academic transcript with a J grade in the semester in which the credits are earned. Although proficiency credits are used to meet graduation requirements, no honor points are awarded for the J grade, and the grade, therefore, has no bearing on a student’s QPA or CPA.
Although applicants for full-time study and non-matriculated, part-time students may seek credit for their college-level learning from life experience, they are not eligible to receive credit until they have completed matriculation. The procedures and requirements for earning proficiency credits based on life experience differ for required courses and elective courses and are as follows:
Required Courses/Proficiency Examinations
Matriculated students may earn credits for courses that are specifically required in their curricula, except for physical education courses, by earning acceptable scores on departmental proficiency examinations, which are given on campus four times each academic year.
A non-refundable fee of $45, payable before registering for the examination, is charged for each proficiency exam attempted. Students must register for the examinations at least 30 days prior to the exam date. Students are strongly advised to discuss the content and format of the proficiency exam with the appropriate department head.
A student may not take a proficiency examination in a course that he or she has previously failed at Dutchess without permission of the appropriate department head. Likewise, departmental approval is required for a student to retake a proficiency test.
In those instances where a department head can determine that a student is proficient in a course without the results of a proficiency test, the department head may initiate the Certification of Credit by Proficiency Form as soon as the student presents evidence of paying the required $45 fee.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) was established in 1968 by New York state to assist students who show promise of academic success at the college level but may have encountered both academic and financial disadvantages. EOP is designed to provide eligible students with the academic and financial means necessary to ensure success at the college level. To aid its students EOP provides tutoring, academic advisement, career planning, personal counseling, seminars and workshops throughout the year and financial support. Interested and eligible students should inquire as early as possible; program enrollment is limited. For more information contact the Educational Opportunity Program Office at (845) 431-8037.
TRiO is a federally funded Student Support Services program, that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. TRiO provides comprehensive academic and personal guidance to program students. TRiO staff works with students to assist them with overcoming obstacles in higher education, such as: limited income, first generation college status, academic need, and or learning differences. TRiO SSS provides a support network, leadership and mentoring opportunities, career exploration and transfer options. The TRiO staff encourages students to pursue their education regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds. The office number is (845) 431-8037.
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
Dutchess Community College has provided a Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) since 1987. Funded by a grant from The New York State Department of Education, the purpose of CSTEP is to assist underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students in completing pre-professional or professional education leading to careers in scientific, technical, health-related or any field leading to professional licensure by New York State. The services provided to students include academic, career, transfer and personal counseling; professional tutoring in areas of science, mathematics, nursing and other fields; special workshops; field trips to other colleges as well as educational activities. For further information about the program and its eligibility requirements, contact the CSTEP office at (845) 431-8089 or CSTEP@sunydutchess.edu.
Programs for Students Requiring Additional Academic Preparation
DCC promotes the academic success and personal development of all students through programs designed to meet students’ needs at varying ability levels. The College administers placement testing prior to registration to determine each student’s appropriate course placement.
Frequently, the placement test determines that one or more pre-college courses are appropriate for a student’s academic success. Students who need additional preparation to promote their success in college-level courses receive academic advisement through the Office of Academic Services and Testing. This advisement policy provides students the opportunity to take advantage of DCC’s college readiness programs, preparatory courses and holistic academic support services.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
DCC participates in the Servicemembers Opportunity College program. Through this program, men and women in the armed forces may receive academic advisement from Dutchess on a continuing basis, no matter where they may be assigned in military duty. They may take approved courses at any conveniently located institution for credit toward a degree to be granted by DCC. Information about the Servicemembers Opportunity College is available from the Admissions Office.
Maximum Academic Schedule
The maximum academic schedule a student may carry in a given semester is 19 credits, except in cases where the student’s curriculum calls for a greater number of credits, or with the approval of the student’s faculty advisor and the dean or assistant dean of student services.
New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students taking six or more credits to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Individuals born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from the law. Proof of immunity must be submitted to register as a full- or part-time student. Failure to submit proof by the 30th day of the semester will prevent continued attendance. Non-compliance will jeopardize course completion, future registrations and financial aid.
Proof of immunity includes the following: Measles: Two doses of live vaccine on or after the first birthday, physician documented history of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity (blood titre); Mumps: One dose of live vaccine on or after the first birthday, physician documented history of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity (blood titre); Rubella: One dose of live vaccine on or after first birthday, or serologic evidence of immunity (blood titre). History is not acceptable. Proof can be obtained from physician, pediatricians, high school or military records.
The following programs require a medical report (physical) on file prior to the first clinical or laboratory experience. The programs are Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Clinical Lab Technician, Nursing, Paramedic, and Phlebotomy. Physical forms are available at the College Health Office.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), all medical information is confidential and will not be released without the written consent of the individual party.
New York State High School Equivalency Diploma
Guidelines for Earning a High School Equivalency diploma on the Basis of Earned College Credit
A New York State High School Equivalency diploma will be issued to a student who satisfactorily completes 24 applicable credits toward a degree or certificate. The credits must include the following:
Six credits in English;
Three credits in Mathematics;
Three credits in Natural Science;
Three credits in Social Science;
Three credits in Humanities; and
Six credits in college degree program requirements.
The following procedures must be followed by any student wishing to receive his/her High School Equivalency diploma through study at Dutchess Community College.
1. The student must take the placement test offered through the Office of Academic Services and Testing, in Hudson Hall, room 315.
2. The student must complete 24 credits as specified above as a non-matriculated student with a C average (2.0) or better applicable to his/her curriculum in order to satisfy High School Equivalency requirements. Courses not applicable to the student’s program or credit equivalent courses, such as ENG 092, will not count toward this requirement.
3. The student must complete the admissions application process for matriculation. (See Types of Enrollment.)
4. The student MUST complete an application through the secretary to the registrar in the Registrar’s Office and pay the fee required by the State Education Department. This form, after it is signed by the registrar, is forwarded to the State Education Department, along with an official copy of the student’s transcript, for the issuance of a New York State High School Equivalency diploma. The student may expect to receive the High School Equivalency diploma by mail.
Students should note that the High School Equivalency/Earned College Credit program can be completed only part time, and is not covered by financial aid. Students may wish to explore noncredit options offered by DCC’s Office of Community Services; call (845) 431-8905.