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 – reflected in our outstanding faculty, enriching campus environment, more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs and affordable tuition – makes a DCC education among the best investments one can make. We’ve earned a reputation for providing exceptional quality and value – and for opening doors to tremendous opportunities for those who transfer to four-year colleges or enter the workforce after earning an associate degree or certificate.

Whether you’re entering college directly after high school or as an adult, you’ll soon see why students 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 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 freshman and sophomore classes, while taking advantage of outstanding academic offerings, service learning opportunities, engaging student activities and an energizing campus environment.

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. In fact, 9 out of 10 of our students said they would choose DCC again if they were to do it over! DCC offers state-of-the-art technology, excellent 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 2019 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 join a distinguished and accomplished network of more than 44,000 alumni that includes leaders in government, business, nonprofit service, health care and the arts (including a New York State Supreme Court justice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a technology leader who developed the precursor to MapQuest and the self-driving car). Many of our region’s most active community members are alumni, and credit DCC with providing a solid foundation that fostered their personal, academic and professional growth.

Learn more about how our faculty and staff can help you reach your goals. Our Admissions Office conducts information sessions and tours and is happy to answer questions. Call (845) 431-8010 or visit www.sunydutchess.edu.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!


Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D.