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 or simply to try college study.
Types of Enrollment
Two sets of terms, “full-time and part-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 are not permitted to take more than seven credits during each summer
session and the maximum total credits allowed during summer sessions is 14.
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, evening or online courses, regardless of whether they
are full-time or part-time students.
To be matriculated means you are seeking a degree at Dutchess Community College and
have officially chosen and been accepted into a specific program of study at the College.
You must be matriculated in order to enroll full time, be eligible for various types
of financial aid, to receive an official transfer credit evaluation, or to take proficiency
examinations. You must be a full-time, matriculated student to live on campus.
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.
In addition, and if applicable, students should submit AP scores, SAT scores and ACT
scores as well.
Home-schooled students who submit the necessary documentation demonstrating compliance
with the minimum requirements of the home instruction regulations, and who 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 and Part-Time Matriculated Admissions
A free application form for admission as a full or part-time matriculated 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 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
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 Non-Matriculated Admissions
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 any course prerequisites. Students should
matriculate into a program of study by the time they have completed 15 credits.
Time to Apply
The College will accept and review applications for matriculation at any time. However,
students wishing to be admitted in the fall are strongly urged to submit their applications
by the preceding June 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 has been received and evaluated, applicants for matriculation
will be notified of their admissions status.
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: To ensure academic success in college, new students may be required to take a placement
test. Students may be exempt from portions of the placement test based on high school
and/or college transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. If pursuing a Nursing degree, a
Biology placement test may be required. Do not take any placement tests until DCC
has reviewed all of your transcripts, as testing may not be required. For information
about DCC placement testing, sample test questions and the current testing schedule,
visit www.sunydutchess.edu/testing or call (845) 431-3735.
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 and the Excelsior
A matriculated student returns to non-matriculated status if he/she is academically
dismissed or misses two or more consecutive semesters or when he/she graduates. Graduates
desiring to return to matriculated status, or students who have had a break of two
or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer and winter) should apply for re-admission
to the College in the Admissions Office.
Placement Testing - Registration
To ensure academic success in college, it is important that full-time and part-time
students are placed in classes that are consistent with their current level of academic
ability. To achieve accurate placement, incoming students may be required to take
a placement test, which is used to evaluate a student’s preparedness for college-level
level mathematics, English and biology.
Placement Testing Exemptions:
Students are exempt from taking the College’s writing placement test and can register
for ENG101 if they have done the following (excluding ENL/ESL students):
• Successfully completed a College-level English class, or
• Have an overall high school GPA of 78 or better (graduated within five years of
application) and passed the NYS English Regents (if NYS resident), or
• Earned a score of 78 or better on the NYS English Regents Exam, or
• Earned a score of 29 or higher on the SAT Writing section administered after March
1, 2016, or
• Earned a score of 500 or better on the SAT English exam prior to March 2016, or
• Earned a 22 or better on the ACT English exam.
• Earned a score of 580 or better on the TASC exam.
Students who do not place into English 101 may be placed into lower-level English
courses based on their high school records. Students may have the option to take a
placement test if they wish to try to improve their English course placement.
Students who have taken ENL/ESL courses at any time in high school may be required
to take the ESL placement test to determine appropriate English course placement.
Math course placement is determined using multiple measures from students’ past academic
performance. Refer to the Math Course Placement Table at https://www.sunydutchess.edu/assets/MathPlacementTableJan2021.pdf.
Students with a New York state high school transcript may be placed into college-level
math courses on the basis of their grades on their Math Regents test scores. The math
placement test exemption does not apply to students without a New York state high
school transcript, or whose math Regents or SAT/ACT scores are older than 2.5 years.
Students may choose to take the placement test, even if exempt, in order to place
at a higher level.
Students in need of testing accommodations should receive prior approval from the
Office of Accommodative Services. Contact them 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.
Students whose placement test scores indicate that they would benefit from further
college preparation are required to take necessary pre-college courses beginning in
their first semester. These pre-college courses do not carry credit toward 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 who need additional preparation are eligible to participate in DCC’s accelerated
college preparation programs, Reclaim My Math and Refresh. These programs provide
students with the opportunity to improve their skills to meet the challenges of the
college curriculum. Upon completion of one of these programs, students may retake
corresponding components of the placement test to improve their course placements.
For more information on these programs, refer to Academic Services and Testing.
For more information about the placement test, to schedule an appointment, and/or
to review sample test questions go to: www.sunydutchess.edu/testing.
On-Campus Housing Admissions Requirements
New housing applicants must submit a high school transcript. Students from counties
other than Dutchess and Putnam must have a high school average of at least 75 (or
a minimum TASC score of 2800) in order to be eligible to live in the residence hall.
Students who reside within Dutchess or Putnam Counties and have less than the required
high school average will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students transferring
from another college must submit all previous college transcripts and demonstrate
a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Transfer students who have less than the required
GPA and reside within Dutchess or Putnam will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Questions about transcripts should be directed to the Admissions Office at (845)431-8010
Importance of Advance Registration
Each semester, enrolled students are sent information and directions regarding advance
registration. Advance registration for the spring semester usually begins in October,
and advance registration for the fall semester begins usually 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.
They can select another available section or add themselves to the waitlist.
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.”
Waitlisting is a feature in Banner that allows a matriculated student to get in virtual
line on a Waitlist for courses that are closed. This automated process notifies a
student via their myDCC email, that a seat has opened and will give them a certain
amount of time to register for the course before the seat will be released to the
next student on the waitlist. Waitlisting is only available for degree-seeking (matriculated)
students in the Spring and Fall and is open to all students (degree and non-degree
seeking) in the Summer and Winter terms.
DCC recognizes that some members of our college community wish to use a first name
other than a legal first name to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different
first name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, the college will utilize the
Preferred First Name for Blackboard, Starfish, Degree Works and your college email
Your legal first name will appear on all other College records and documents. A student’s
legal name will remain unchanged in all other College related systems. For more information
go to https://www.sunydutchess.edu/assets/DCC_PreferredNamePolicy.pdf or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development to accommodate use of a preferred name in College systems is ongoing.
Not all College information systems, databases, and processes may be able to display
a preferred name and many uses of an individual’s name require display of the legal
name; therefore, individuals who utilize a preferred name should always be prepared
to reference their legal name and provide corresponding identification when necessary.
A preferred name designation is not a legal name change.
Legal Name Change
Students who wish to change their legal name can obtain the Student Change of Information
form in the Registrar’s Office. In order to change your legal name, you must show
official proof of the new name. Acceptable documentation is: Driver’s License, Court
Order, Marriage Certificate, Social Security Card, Divorce Decree, US Military ID
or any other court papers for a legal change of name.
Programs for Students Requiring Additional Academic Preparation
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
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.
Full-time Early Admissions Program
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 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.
Part-time Early Admissions Program
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.
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 college-level English or math courses.
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 have official transcripts from
all colleges previously attended sent to the Office of Admissions.
Please note that once an official transcript (college or high school transcript/high
school equivalency) is submitted to us it cannot be released back to the student or
any other agency.
DCC only transfers in credits that are applicable to the student’s current degree
program and that were earned at a regionally accredited institution (e.g. Middle States
Association). To have a course accepted as transfer for an equivalent to an existing
DCC course, the course content, learning outcomes, and length/time of instruction
of the course will be the primary determining factors to its transferability.
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
A degree candidate may receive up to 40 applicable 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. Courses and credits, but not grades, are accepted and some time limits apply to transfer
credit eligibility for certain degree programs and this determined at the time of
Credits for which a student has earned a grade lower than C will not be accepted in
transfer. Grades of P are not 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 as transfer
credit and the student will not have to repeat the course. Once transfer credits are
awarded they will not be removed as this could have negative financial aid implications.
College credit earned through the CEEB Advanced Placement Program and the College-Level
Examination Program (CLEP) are recognized by Dutchess. Official 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 one-time exception will be made to accept the grade of P or its equivalent from
other colleges for courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester due to Covid-19 pandemic
and National Emergency*
Reverse transfer is for students who have already transferred to a SUNY four-year
institution without having earned an associate degree at Dutchess Community College.
Reverse transfer allows students to transfer the credits they have earned at the SUNY
four-year institution back to Dutchess, and have those credits evaluated to determine
if the combination of credits earned at DCC and the credits earned at the four-year
institution meet the requirements for an associate degree. For more information go
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 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
All matriculated students are eligible to receive credit for any course that is required
in the curriculum by successfully passing a departmental proficiency examination.
Students may not receive credit for elective courses by proficiency examination.
Students who are interested in taking a proficiency examination should pick up the
Proficiency Exam application in the Testing Center in the Student Services Building,
room 104, and then contact the appropriate department chair for permission to take
a proficiency exam. If approved, it is recommended that students ask the department
chair for information regarding the format and content of the examination.
A non-refundable fee of $35 is charged for each examination and is payable at the
Student Financial Services Office. Testing is scheduled through the Testing Center;
a paid receipt must be shown in order to schedule the examination.
After the student takes the proficiency exam, the Testing Center sends it to the academic
department chair for grading. If the student passes the exam with an equivalent of
a C or better, paperwork is processed to submit a grade of “J” to the Registrar on
the form entitled Certification of Credit by Proficiency.
Students who take an examination for a course in which they are currently enrolled
will be required to withdraw from the course if they successfully complete the examination.
Students may not take a proficiency examination for a course that they have failed
without special permission from the department chair. Students may repeat a proficiency
examination only with approval from the appropriate department chair.
In those instances, where a department chair can determine that a student is proficient
in a course without the results of a proficiency test, the department chair may initiate
the Certification of Credit by Proficiency Form as soon as the student presents evidence
of paying the required $35 fee.
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 the Spring or Fall 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. The maximum credits allowed for during the summer
term is 14 for matriculated (degree-seeking) and 11 for non-matriculated (non-degree
seeking) and students are not permitted to take more than seven credits during each
summer session. During the Winter Intersession students can take a maximum of 3 credits.
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. Forms are available online and in the health office.
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. Forms
are available online and in the 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
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
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 a High
School Equivalency (HSE) diploma through study at Dutchess Community College.
1. The student must take any necessary placement tests offered through the Office
of Academic Services and Testing. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu/testing.
If you are unsure of which test(s) are needed please see Assistant Registrar in the
Registrar’s Office (SSC-201).
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. Non-credit bearing courses such as ENG 091 will
not count toward this requirement.
3. Once the courses are complete, 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
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 wishing to explore non-credit options through our Community Services Office
can call (845) 790-3590 or visit www.sunydutchess.edu/continuingeducation/.
Applicants with a Prior Felony
State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits DCC admissions applications from
inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College
shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual
seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships
or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy
regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee
consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.
Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior
criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain
academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students
who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Office of the Dean
of Student Services.