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New & Transfer Student Admission Checklist 

Welcome! We can’t wait to meet you.  

You’ll find the community of support and resources you need to meet your education goals. This checklist will guide you through the steps needed to apply for admissions and get started at DCC. 

Your First Steps   

  1. Apply. Your first step is to complete your online admission application. You can check the status of your application online after you apply.    
  2. Submit your official transcripts. Request that your official high school transcript, GED or HSE scores, AP scores and/or college transcripts be sent directly to our Admissions Office. They can be sent by mail, email or from a third-party vendor like Parchment or Scoir.  If you received your high school diploma from a school outside the U.S., you’ll need to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES accredited organization. We recommend SpanTran. Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more. 
  3. Apply for financial aid. If you would like to explore ways to help pay for school, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Follow these steps to submit your FAFSA.


After You've Been Accepted

After you’ve been accepted, follow these steps to complete registration.

Depending on when you last attended school, you may be asked to take a placement test before you can register for classes. We will review your transcripts and let you know if a test is needed. Do not take the test until we review all transcripts. 

Degree-seeking students may be exempt from portions of the placement test based on high school and/or college transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores.  

If you need testing accommodations, contact the Office of Accommodative Services at (845) 431-8055 before your exam.


New York State law requires students born on or after January 1, 1957 to have health and immunization information on file with the College Health Service. If you are taking six or more credit hours, you are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella before registering for classes. Immunization or medical records from your doctor may be provided as proof. 

Combine the quality, affordability and other benefits of a DCC education with the experience of living away at college. Make lifelong friends and have quick access to classes, student support services, dining services, the fitness center and all of the exciting on-campus activities and events


You will receive an email invitation when it’s time to register for classes. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your schedule. To meet with an advisor, contact the Academic, Career and Transfer Center. 

Check your myDCC account after registering for classes to access your bill. 


After signing up for classes, be sure to make payment arrangements through Student Financial Services office to hold your schedule. If you don’t pay your tuition or set up a payment schedule, you may be dropped from your classes.  

New York State resident? Make sure to show proof of residency to the Admissions Office to receive in-state tuition.  



Attend a New Student Orientation. You’ll receive an invitation to attend orientation. While on campus, visit the bookstore  to find out what books you will need for the upcoming semester. 

Get your DCC ID card and parking permit. Bring your schedule and photo ID to the security office located in room 114 in the Student Services Center to receive these important items.  



Be sure to check your myDCC email account often. This is where you will receive important communication from DCC, including messages from your professors.


Contact Us

Academic, Career & Transfer Center

301 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. -Thurs., 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8600

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601