Greetings from the President

Your interest in Dutchess Community College reflects your awareness and appreciation of all that DCC has to offer. Our commitment to excellence – fostered by an outstanding faculty, enriching campus environment, more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs and affordable tuition (lowest in the state) – makes a DCC education among the best investments one can make. We have earned a reputation for providing outstanding quality and value – and for opening doors to tremendous opportunities for those who transfer to four-year colleges or enter the workforce.

More students than ever – whether entering directly after high school or continuing their education at a later date – are making DCC their first choice. With day, evening and online classes – and campuses in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls – DCC offers the convenience and flexibility students need. Our newest addition, a suite-style residence hall, provides the perfect option for those who wish to combine the benefits of a DCC education with the experience of living on a college campus. Whether commuting or living on campus, DCC students can save tens of thousands of dollars on their freshman and sophomore classes, when compared with other schools.

Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, we’re particularly proud that in SUNY surveys, DCC students consistently give our faculty, staff, facilities and activities high marks for creating an engaging and positive environment. DCC offers state-of-the-art technology, outstanding instructional and laboratory space and other resources important to student success. Our picturesque, sprawling campus is known for its prominently displayed indoor and outdoor artwork, beautiful landscaping and other features that enhance the student experience.

The members of our Class of 2013 are a testament to the wonderful opportunities that await DCC graduates. Those who made DCC part of their four-year college plan continued on to pursue bachelor’s degrees at institutions including Cornell, RPI, Vassar, Marist, Pace, NYU and top SUNY schools. Others were successful in starting careers. Whatever goal you set for yourself is attainable at DCC!

Graduates of DCC become part of a distinguished and accomplished network of almost 40,000 alumni that includes leaders in government, business, health care and the arts, such as a New York State Supreme Court justice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a Weather Channel meteorologist. Many of our region’s most prominent community members credit DCC with providing a solid foundation that fostered their personal, academic and professional growth.

Come see why DCC is the college of choice for area students. Our Admissions Office conducts information sessions and tours and is happy to answer questions. Call (845) 431-8010 or visit

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

D. David Conklin, Ed.D.