Student Services

The faculty and staff at Dutchess regard stu­dent services as an integral part of the total college experience. A conscientious effort is made to know students as individuals and to serve them as such. The Department of Student Services includes the following offices: The Academic, Career and Transfer (ACT) Center, Admissions, Registrar, Accommodative Services, Financial Aid, Counseling Services, Health Services, Student Activities, Residential Life and Athletics. They are coordinated and directed by the dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management.

Academic, Career and Transfer (ACT) Center

Academic Advisement

The ACT Center provides holistic advisement for students including career and transfer planning. ACT coaches teach students the skills needed to choose a major and design an achievable academic plan. As students continue their studies at Dutchess, they can rely on ACT coaches to deliver career and transfer programming that will expose them to a variety of occupational and scholastic opportunities. All students may utilize the ACT center. Students are urged to take the initiative in meeting early and regularly with their coach and to take full advantage of the advisement services that are available. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that graduation requirements are met.

Career Planning
Career planning helps students identify and implement educational and career goals. Meeting with a career professional at the ACT Center can help you to:
• Learn About Yourself – this includes learning about your values, interests and abilities in order to determine a career path that you will find most satisfying.
• Identify Potential Careers – research and explore potential careers to find the right fit for you.
• Pursue Education and Experience – find the right educational path and gain valuable experience in order to reach your career goals.
• Pursue Employment – learn about job search skills, networking, resume critiques, mock interviews, and view job postings in myDCC under Counseling and Career Services in the Student Life Tab.

At the ACT Center you also can explore Career Coach, a computer-based career planning program. The ACT Center organizes on-campus job fairs and other career-related events. To speak with a career professional, call
(845) 431-8600 or stop by Student Services Center, Room 301.

Orientation For New Students

To acquaint new full-time and part-time students with its educational philosophy, and standards, the College requires them to participate in an orientation program prior to their first semester at Dutchess. Orientation each semester consists of a comprehensive program for full- and part-time students in the week prior to the start of classes. A club fair is held early in the semester to encourage involvement in extracurricular activities.
The goals of orientation are:
• To acquaint new students with the College, its academic programs, facilities, resources, services, activities, policies, and organizations.
• To assist them in taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the College.
• To provide students with important information about issues and problems frequently encountered by college students as well as the resources and approaches for effective decision making.

Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Dutchess Community College graduates transfer to a variety of colleges and universities across the country, both public and private. Students planning to transfer should matriculate, in general, in an associate in arts (A.A.) or an associate in science (A.S.) degree program. These programs are designed as university-parallel programs and offer the student the greatest opportunity to transfer with junior status, with the expectation of completing the baccalaureate degree in an additional two years of full-time study.

The College has a number of articulation or transfer agreements, which facilitate the transfer of A.A. and A.S. graduates to four-year institutions. In addition, an opportunity to continue full-time study at a four-year state university or college is guaranteed to all New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY two-year college with an A.A. or A.S. degree and who meet the SUNY application requirements. It should be noted, however, that this policy does not guarantee a student admission to the campus or program of his/her choice. Application fee is waived for graduates with an A.A. or A.S. degree for up to 4 SUNY schools.

Students planning to seek immediate employment upon graduation usually matriculate in an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree program. Many A.A.S. graduates, however, transfer to senior institutions. Dutchess Community College has transfer agreements with some senior institutions that facilitate the transfer of students from career programs. In general, however, graduates of career programs should anticipate needing more than two years of full-time study to complete the baccalaureate degree. Students considering transfer are advised to attend a Transfer 101 Workshop and then consult with a transfer advisor in the ACT Center (Student Services Center, Room 301 (845) 431-8600. Students are encouraged to attend transfer fairs and transfer events held throughout the year.

DCC graduates have transferred to all SUNY colleges and universities, as well as to other fine institutions such as Bard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, New York University, Pace University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vassar College, Yale University, Tulane University, Smith College and many others.


The Counseling Office provides campus-wide programs and services for students to enhance wellness and to support personal development and growth. Counseling services are available to students by appointment or by walk-in. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a professional, call (845) 431-8040 or come to the Student Services Center, Room 303. Services are also available at DCC South.

Personal or Psychological Counseling
College is a time of great personal development and growth. There are many challenges that people confront during their college years. Successfully navigating these conflicts is an integral part of growth and development at college. To help students succeed, the Counseling Office offers confidential counseling provided by licensed professionals in the fields of psychology, social work, and mental health counseling. Services provided include individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling, and psychiatric consultation for medication. Students utilize these services to address a range of concerns including (but not limited to): college adjustment, stress/anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family concerns, alcohol/drug issues, eating/body image problems, grief/loss, trauma, sexual orientation and gender identity support. To speak to a counselor or set up an appointment, call (845) 431-8040 or stop by the Student Services Center, Room 303.

Educational Programming
In addition to offering counseling, the Counseling Office provides other wellness-oriented services and educational programming including (but not limited to):

• Alcohol/Substance Abuse Prevention Educational Sessions
• Anger Management Educational Sessions
• Mentors in Violence Prevention – peer sexual violence prevention program
• Red Watch Band – peer alcohol/substance prevention program
• Campus-Wide Wellness Fair
• Depression and Anxiety Screening Days
• Mental Health First Aid Trainings
• NARCAN Training
• Smoking Cessation

Comprehensive Assessments
On a limited basis, the Counseling Office provides comprehensive psychological assessments to diagnose and provide documentation. The Office of Accommodative Services requires documentation in order for students to receive academic accommodations.

Office of Accommodative Services (OAS)

Orcutt Student Services Building, Room 201, 845-431-8055
The Office of Accommodative Services is committed to providing equal access and an inclusive campus community by providing support services and advocacy. Students who are ADA eligible must identify themselves to the Office of Accommodative Services, present documentation of a disability and complete the registration process by meeting with a staff member. Registration and documentation guidelines are available on the DCC Student Life Webpage. Services include:

• Placement test accommodations
• Classroom and Testing Accommodations
• Alternative Format of textbooks and class material
• Notetaking assistance
• Assistive Technology and Training: screen readers, voice to text programs
• Portable Induction Loop
• Sign Language Interpreters, FM systems and remote caption services
• Transition to College
• Coaching/Academic Success Skills
• Voter Registration
• Advocacy and Referral
• Guidance to parents of incoming students
• Campus Accessibility

OAS works collaboratively with faculty/staff, ACCESS-VR (Adult Career Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation), New York State Commission for the Blind, Taconic Resources for Independence and the Dutchess County Transition Council.