I am Real World Ready

“My involvement with RCC helped me discover and improve my public speaking abilities. This has led me to once-in-a-lifetime experiences as I developed this skill that will be critical in my future career.”

Matheus Melo
School of Business and Professional Studies

AFFORDABLE

An associate’s degree at RCC will only cost you half the amount of tuition at four-year institutions. Low tuition cost paired with financial aid and scholarship opportunities mean you can pursue your goals without accruing large amounts of student debt.

QUALITY EDUCATION

Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to ensure your academic success and to adapt to create learning environments that allow you to continue your education. With technology-assisted learning, there is a wide variety of student resources to give you the individual attention that you need, including online tutoring and one-on-one academic advising

CONNECTION CENTER

Everyday life can impact what happens in the classroom, so our resources extend beyond the campus. The Connection Center is a bridge between you and community services, including a food pantry, housing, childcare, mental health, employment and much more!

FLEXIBLE

RCC is committed to providing the flexibility you need to balance your education with work, family and other responsibilities. Childcare programs, night and weekend classes, laptop lending programs and online courses are a few ways that RCC can help you succeed.

SUMMER 2020

Summer sessions I and II will be held with technology-assisted learning, with your Student Success team and virtual resources there to help every step of the way.

Summer Session I begins on Tuesday, May 26

FALL 2020

RCC is committed to creating a safe learning environment for all students. We are working with trusted public officials to determine the safest options for learning during the Fall semester.

Fall registration opens soon.

Join an Info Session

Throughout the summer, RCC will be hosting virtual informational sessions so you can explore different programs, speak with faculty and staff, and hear from current students from the convenience and safety of your home.

Why RCC?

Affordability

Completing your Associate’s degree at RCC will only cost you half the amount of tuition at a four-year institution. With our low tuition costs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, you can reach your goals at a fraction of the price.

Quality Education

Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to ensure your success. The small class sizes and wide variety of student resources are designed to give you the individual attention that you need.

Connection Center

Our resources extend beyond the campus. The Connection Center is a bridge between you and community services including food pantry, housing, childcare, wellness, employment and much more!

Program Offerings

You can choose from more than 50 degree and certificate programs in a variety of fields to help you take charge of your tomorrow. RCC offers online, weekend, evening and accelerated courses to ensure your education fits your schedule.

Student Life

We know that there’s more to college than academic success. At RCC, we have more than 40 student clubs and organizations that you can join, student life activities and events to broaden your social circle and explore your passions.

Childcare

Our childcare program gives our students the opportunity to focus in the classroom, while feeling secure that their child is receiving safe, enriching care from a positive, professional staff. Additionally, children of RCC students may be eligible to receive tuition subsidies and scholarships. Your child(ren) will be learning too! With an abundance of developmental opportunities in an age-appropriate setting, our program celebrates each child’s uniqueness while also appreciating their commonalities.

Schools at RCC

With the five Schools at RCC, you can choose from more than 50 degree and certificate programs in a variety of fields to help you take charge of your tomorrow. RCC offers online, weekend, evening, accelerated courses and virtual testing centers, to ensure your education fits your schedule.

Prepare for a career in the arts and explore your creative side through fine art, dance, communications, and theater. From theory to practice, the RCC School of Arts and Humanities will prepare you for a career in the arts and a successful transfer to a Bachelor’s program.

Associate in Arts Degrees
  • Communication and Media Arts
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Speech/Communication Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Associate in Science Degrees
  • Fine Arts
  • Photography
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
  • Graphic Design 

Your dream job is so much closer with a degree from the School of Business and Professional Services. Learn the skills to obtain jobs in the fields of Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and Paralegal Studies. Join the next wave of industry leaders today.

Associate in Science Degrees
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate and Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Marketing
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Office Technologies
  • Paralegal Studies
Certificate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Bookkeeping/Office Administration
  • Culinary Arts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Office Technologies
  • Paralegal Studies

Build brighter futures for tomorrow’s leaders with a degree from our School of Education and Social Sciences. Move from sitting in a classroom to leading the next generation of learners. You can have a hand in growing the minds of youth with a rewarding career in education and social sciences.

Associate in Arts Degrees
  • Liberal Arts & Science: Humanities and Social Science
Associate in Science Degrees
  • Liberal Arts & Science: Adolescence Education
  • Liberal Arts & Science: Childhood Education
  • Liberal Arts & Science: Early Childhood Education
  • Liberal Arts & Science: Humanities and Social Science
Certificate
  • Early Childhood Development

Improve the life and wellness of patients, and have an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life daily. The diverse field of healthcare is growing rapidly and presents some of the most in-demand careers. Our nursing, health, and wellness programs will give you real-world experience to enter the workforce.

Associate in Science Degrees
  • Human Performance Studies
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
Certificate
  • Fitness Specialist

The STEM industry is building tomorrow’s infrastructure today. Jumpstart or advance your career with one of our STEM degrees or certificates. From data management to engineering, you will get the information and skills you need to join the innovative join the innovative workforce of today or transfer to a 4-year institution.

Associate in Arts Degrees
  • Liberal Arts: Mathematics & Science
Associate in Science Degrees
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Cyber Security
  • Green Building Maintenance & Management
Certificate
  • Computer Assisted Design – CAD
  • Computer Information Systems/Computer Support
  • Computer Web Development

RCC at a glance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any admission requirements?

Admission is open to applicants that have a high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. If you have already taken college courses at a different school, you will also need to submit your official transcripts. For those that do not have a high school diploma or HSE, you can enroll at RCC in the 24 Credit High School Equivalency Program (formerly GED program) or check out the High School Dual-Enrollment program offerings.

I’m worried I can’t afford college. How do I get financial aid?

Our Financial Aid office is always available to help you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), apply for student loans, and find scholarships. Additionally, they can help you find work study opportunities and other aid that may help pay for college.

Is there a chance for me to be involved outside of the classroom?

Yes! RCC has over 40 clubs and organizations, including student government, robotics club, international club, student veterans association, and more. You can also get involved with student publications, athletics, and volunteer service programs while you are at RCC. Learn more about Student Involvement.

What types of programs do you offer?

RCC has a wide range of programs that can help you reach your goals. Our degree and certificate programs are available in the humanities, social sciences, technology, business, health services, mathematics, and much more. Our degree programs are designed to prepare you to immediately enter the workforce or transfer the credits to complete a bachelor’s degree. One-year certificate programs are also available for students looking to learn an immediate skill set.

What is the difference between an Associate in Science (AS) degree and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree?

AS degree programs are designed to be transferable to a four-year university. Students working towards an AS degree will devote at least one-half of their course work to liberal arts and sciences classes. AAS degree plans involve less liberal arts and sciences courses and are designed to prepare students for immediate entry into a career.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Associate degrees are designed to take 2 years to complete. However, we know that many students need to move at a different pace than their peers. To accommodate all of our students, we have several accelerated 8-week courses, summer and winter sessions, credit for prior learning and online courses that can help you complete your degree at the pace that works best for you.

What if I am not ready to pursue a degree program right now?

RCC’s Career Skills Academy offers programs that will prepare you to start, change or enhance your career and obtain industry-specific certifications in an accelerated format. These programs are also designed to provide opportunities to transfer into degree-seeking programs.

Our Locations

Suffern Campus

Students have access to everything they need at RCC’s picturesque main campus. The main campus is the hub for admissions, academic services, including advising and tutoring, financial aid, and student development. It is home to the Student Union, Cultural Arts Center and Theater, and the Fieldhouse. Learn more about the Suffern Campus.

Haverstraw Center

The Haverstraw Center expands offerings for students, with a convenient location and evening and weekend courses. It is home to the 3D Printing SMARTT Lab and technology classrooms. Students benefit from many of the same resources that are available on the main campus. Learn more about the Haverstraw Center.

Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center

This state-of-the-art automotive technology center opened in Orangeburg in 2016. Students in the automotive technology program learn using cutting-edge technology and in a Snap-on Certified Lab with 10 lifts and customized equipment. Learn more about the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center.

Nyack Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center

RCC’s newest location opened in the heart of Nyack in January 2019. Our culinary arts and hospitality students will learn in brand new classrooms and teaching kitchen, and have a chance to practice their new skills in the center’s farm-to-market store and café. Learn more about the Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center.