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College Profile

About The College


Westchester Community College is more than just the county’s largest educational institution. It is a true community unto itself, reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of the area. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors. It is a showcase for the best of Westchester.

One of thirty community colleges affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY), this commuter institution has always been about accessibility, but no more so than in the past several years. The college’s extraordinary role in providing quality, affordable education dates back to 1946 when it was founded as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and first opened its doors in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla, three miles to the north, and designated 218 acres as the relocation site for what would become the college.

Although the estate contained a conglomeration of buildings, which could be, and were, used for instructional space, it was clear that these facilities would be temporary if the college were to serve its community well. A master plan for construction, drawn in 1961, was followed to complete eight major buildings by 1988: Engineering Technologies (1962), Student Center (1963), Physical Education Building (1964), Classroom Building (1967), Learning Resource Center (1969), Science Building (1978), Academic Arts Building (1981), and Administration Building (1988). The Health Science Building, originally constructed by Yale University during its brief prior use of the Hartford estate, was extensively renovated in 1990. Hartford Hall, the beautiful English Tudor manor house of John Hartford, placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1978, now houses the offices of the President and the Deans of Academic Affairs and Student Development and Support Services, College-Community Relations, and The Foundation for Westchester Community College. Several other former estate buildings are used by the college for maintenance, receiving, engineering functions, and storage. The resulting mix of modern and traditional architecture, together with the rolling terrain and mature trees and plantings including The Native Plant Center demonstration gardens, makes for an unusually beautiful campus. Note that as a commuter school, Westchester Community College does not have dormitories or offer amenities to house students on or off campus.

In the academic year 2008-2009, Westchester Community College enrolled a total of more than 24,000 credit (full-time and part-time) and non-credit students. Credit students selecting a liberal arts emphasis, majoring in humanities, social sciences, or communications and media arts are candidates for the A.A. degree. Students who choose business administration, computer science, mathematics and science, engineering science, or accounting are candidates for the A.S. degree. Those pursuing the technical curricula, such as the various engineering disciplines, the arts, and some business and health science programs, are candidates for the A.A.S. degree. A variety of certificate programs for career training and advancement are also available.

Other programs offer Westchester residents a variety of educational options for lifelong learning. The Professional Development Center provides non-credit courses specifically targeted for career enhancement and advancement, working with corporations and others to individualize course packages for management and other personnel. The Division of Workforce Development & Community Education offers credit and non-credit courses and special programs to students of all ages, scheduled both on the Valhalla campus and at Extension Centers in numerous Westchester communities. The college has a Life Sciences and Healthcare Center in Ossining, a Computer Arts Center in Peekskill, a Computer Technology Center in Yonkers, and a Business/Entrepreneurship and Culinary Arts Center in Mt. Vernon; all of these Centers also offer English as Second Language and General Education classes.

Additional off-campus programs provide more specialized opportunities. The Westchester Community College Center for the Arts in White Plains, sponsored jointly with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, offers visual arts and fine crafts classes for all ages and skill levels. The Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, located in Yonkers and administered by Westchester Community College for the State University, offers tuition-free basic preparatory, academic and vocational training programs for economically and educationally disadvantaged adult students in Westchester.

The college, sponsored locally by the County of Westchester, is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees. Four are appointed by the Governor, and five are appointed by the County Board of Legislators. One student trustee is elected by the students. The college receives financial support from the students’ home counties of residence (ninety percent are from Westchester County), from the State of New York through the State University system, and from tuition and fees.

Bus transportation to and from the campus is frequent during the academic year. Schedules can be picked up in the Student Affairs Office in the Student Center. Monthly bus passes are sold in the Bookstore.

Visitors are welcome to tour the campus while the college is in session. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the Office of Admissions in the Administration Building, 914-606-6735.

College Philosophy

Westchester Community College is dedicated to the belief that growth and adaptation through educational experience are possible for individuals and organizations at all stages of development. Our democratic heritage mandates that we provide educational opportunity for all who might benefit. For today’s dynamic and diverse society, the college provides opportunities for enrichment, career changes, upgrading and retraining, in addition to the traditional role of education for first jobs and college transfers. We exist primarily to serve the needs of Westchester County constituencies, from individuals to business to other organizations. Looking upon educational expenditures as an investment rather than merely a cost, the college strives to achieve and maintain excellence.

College Mission

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

The Faculty

Westchester Community College is a community of scholars, many of whom do research and publish in their chosen fields. Most important, however, is the fact that they are among the strongest teaching faculty in the nation. Their instruction has been innovative and creative, as they have devised and learned the best ways to help the student body.

When Westchester Community College students are surveyed regularly about the college, the faculty receives their strongest praise. Mentioned most frequently are the faculty’s strong teaching skills, their accessibility, the individual attention they give, and the guidance they provide for life after the college, for both careers and further education.

Student Success Rate

Under the guidelines set forth by the federal Student Right to Know Act, the graduation rate for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students in the Fall 2013 at Westchester Community College is 16.8%.

The success rate for students recognizes that many students come to the community college with the intent of transferring before degree completion or may take longer to graduate. With these factors in mind, the success rate for the Fall 2013 cohort is 55.6%.

2013 First-Time Full-Time Students*

  Number Percentage
Total Number of Students in Cohort 2,070 100.0%
Graduated Within Three (3) Years 347** 16.8%
Transferred to Another College Without Graduating 360** 17.4%
Total Graduated or Transferred 707 34.2%
Persisters or Still Enrolled 444** 21.4%
Total Success Story in 2013 Cohort 1,151 55.6%

* All students in this cohort are strictly defined by the Student Right to Know Act. They include those who were: (1) first-time students in Fall 2013; (2) attended full-time (12 credits or more); (3) were enrolled in an associate degree or certificate program in Fall 2013; and (4) graduated or transferred to another college within 150% of normal time (Fall 2016). Not included are students who transferred in to WCC in Fall 2013, non-matriculated students, and students attending part-time.

** Figures taken from 2016-2017 IPEDS Graduation Rates Report as of February, 2017.


Westchester Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accrediting activities in the Middle States region, which includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Documentation describing the institution’s accredited status is kept on file in the President’s Office. Anyone wishing to review this documentation may request to do so through the President’s Office. The college is authorized by the University of the State of New York (the Board of Regents) to award two-year Associate Degrees in Arts, Science, and Applied Science, as well as a number of one-year certificates in various program areas.

Workforce Development & Community Education


The Division of Workforce Development & Community Education, one of the largest in the entire SUNY system, works with all divisions and departments of the college to provide non-traditional programs for the community through varied delivery systems. Educational opportunities are available seven days a week, at various sites around the County.

The variety of programs offered is as diverse as the community we serve. Programs include:

Mainstream the Institute for Mature Adults

Mainstream brings innovative educational programming to older adults and mature community residents through a variety of workshops and initiatives. Responding to a broad range of mature adult learning needs, Mainstream develops and presents challenging workshops, conferences, and special events at community locations. Mainstream also links mature adults to all Westchester Community College credit, non-credit, and course audit options.

COLLEGIUM for Lifelong Learning is a membership organization created in 2004 to combine serious study and social exchange. Each COLLEGIUM semester features a different array of courses in the arts and sciences, all led by exceptional volunteers with expertise in the subjects they teach. Participants are encouraged to engage in classroom discussion, and the schedule allows for informal discussion between sessions and during breaks. For more information about the program, please call 914-606-6748 or email collegium@sunywcc.edu. COLLEGIUM is a membership organization and has a limited capacity. Current members receive priority registration; new members are welcome.

For more information, please call 914-606-6793.

Professional Development Center

Since 1984, the Professional Development Center at Westchester Community College has helped area businesses meet their business goals and achieve a competitive edge by providing cost-effective, customized training for their employees. Training through PDC is designed to help improve productivity, increase profitability, and sharpen problem-solving and people skills among the employees of Westchester-based companies. Workshops, seminars, and degree programs may take place at a company’s headquarters or on-campus at the college. PDC trainers and workshop facilitators are experienced professionals who specialize in on-the-job training. We train new employees or upgrade the skills of current staff members. The Professional Development Center also offers non-credit workshops for individuals on the main campus and at our extension sites. Topics include a broad range of computer applications as well as business skills and entrepreneurship. The PDC also offers Professional Development Services, in which a qualified training professional will come to an organization’s location and manage its training program.

For more information, please call 914-606-6669.

Community Services

Community Services offers a wide variety of non-credit personal enrichment and professional development classes for the community. Courses range from foreign languages to notary public workshops and insurance pre-licensing for property and casualty as well as life, accident and health; fiber optics, home inspection and personal fitness training; from writing, literature history, wine appreciation and cooking programs to real estate sales, broker and appraiser licensing and continuing education courses; from yoga, scuba diving and self-defense to historic and culinary tours of Westchester County.

Responding to the changing needs of community residents, we develop and offer classes designed to help prepare participants for a new career, advance or maintain credentialing in a current career, or simply expand and enjoy leisure time. Classes are offered both at our main campus in Valhalla and throughout the community.

For more information, please call 914-606-6830 and choose option 1, visit us online at www.sunywcc.edu/ce,   or email us at communityservices@sunywcc.edu.

English as a Second Language

The English Language Institute enrolls over 5,000 English learners from over 100 countries and more than 50 language backgrounds. The instruction is geared to a variety of needs ranging from academic to professional, job-related to personal. Once prepared linguistically for college study, many of our students transition into a degree or certificate program.

Courses helping learners build English proficiency in all language skills at eight levels are offered on several schedules: the five-day Intensive English Program (IEP) meets mornings or afternoons. The Semi-Intensive, six-hour-per-week program can be taken over two evenings or mornings or as an all-day Saturday or Sunday course. Semi-intensive courses are also available at eight extension locations: Mt. Kisco, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Ossining, Peekskill, Port Chester, White Plains, and Yonkers. In addition, there are specialized courses offered each term in English for Academic Purposes, Business English, Computer Skills, Pronunciation, TOEFL Preparation, and writing. The English Language Institute (or ELI) upon request, also provides customized language courses and services for clients in community-based organizations, business and industry.

For information about The English Language Institute, visit us in the Gateway Center, Room 243 or at www.sunywcc.edu/esl, by phone at 914-606-6656, or email ESL@sunywcc.edu.

Extension Centers

The college offers credit courses at several extension sites in Westchester County. Classes are also offered at other convenient locations in New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, Port Chester, Ossining, Shrub Oak, Mahopac, and Peekskill. Courses include college core requirements and general education courses and may be used to satisfy degree requirements at the college or used to transfer to another college. Both full and part-time faculty members teach at the extension sites. For more information about the Mahopac, Shrub Oak, New Rochelle, Port Chester, and Yonkers-Roosevelt High School extension sites, please call 914-606-6832.

The Mount Vernon Extension Center, located at 17 S. Fifth Avenue, offers day, evening, and Saturday classes in its 22,000 square foot facility. The center’s resources include roomy classrooms, wireless access and state of the art technology, a spacious computer lab, a roomy Academic Support Center and a 75-seat Lecture Hall. Its areas of focus are general education and academic support, housing the only off campus Academic Support Center at the college. Non-credit programs include English as a Second Language and classes for personal enrichment such as cake decorating. An Entrepreneurship Summer Academy is offered for qualifying high school students.

For more information about the Mount Vernon Extension Center, email mountvernon@sunywcc.edu or call 914-606-7200.

The Ossining Extension Center, located at 22 Rockledge Avenue in the Arcadian Shopping Center, focuses on science and health and provides day, evening, and Saturday general education and laboratory-based biology classes. The center also offers non-credit certificate classes and workshops in healthcare including but not limited to Certified Nurse Assistant, Surgical Technology, EKG, and Phlebotomy. In addition to healthcare, the center offers professional development classes for CEUs and general interest classes for various professions such as funeral directors. Furthermore, the Ossining Extension Center offers evening and Saturday classes in English as a Second Language. Finally, the center offers the Afterschool and Summer Science Academies for kids and teens.

For more information about the Ossining Center, please email Ossining@sunywcc.edu or call 914-606-7400.

The Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension Center, located at 27 North Division Street, provides credit and non-credit courses in digital arts, graphics, interactive multimedia, digital filmmaking, and animation. The Center for the Digital Arts at Peekskill hosts five post-production studios including two digital video editing studios, a 3D animation studio, and a PC lab. Additional non-credit classes include Quick Start software training courses, Community Studio Arts, and Digital Arts offerings for pre-college (7-17 years of age).

In addition, this Center offers day and evening general education classes and English as a Second Language. Students taking courses at the Peekskill Extension Center may take advantage of onsite student services such as registration, academic advisement, placement testing, financial aid workshops, and academic tutoring.

The Center offers a 20,000 square foot facility with high-end digital arts labs, smart classrooms for general education, a large smart lecture hall, and a storefront gallery. In addition to course offerings the Center hosts professional arts exhibitions and public lectures on a myriad of topics within the digital arts. The Center offers lab access during all hours of operation for students to do independent work. Founded in 1994 in the downtown artist-district in the City of Peekskill, this Center is a part of the lifeblood of arts and education serving the Northern Westchester and Putnam county communities.

For more information about the Peekskill Extension Center - please email Peekskill@sunywcc.edu, visit www.sunywcc.edu/peekskill, or call 914-606-7300.

The Yonkers Cross County Extension Center,

The Yonkers Extension Center, conveniently located in the Cross County Shopping Center has become a hub of academic learning. The Center serves matriculated, non-matriculated and ESL students. The Yonkers Extension Center offers students a convenient location for college credit, and ESL courses. Classes are small, personal, and available weekdays, evenings, early mornings and Saturdays. Students are engaged with a variety of services, including admissions, academic and financial aid advising, placement testing, class registration, academic support, workshops and student activities. Students have access to dedicated space for study & social interaction, open access to computer labs and tutoring services. All of the classrooms are equipped with new technologies providing an enhanced environment for teaching and learning.

Our knowledgeable staff are eager to provide information and assistance that will help you with your college process.

For more information about the Yonkers Cross County Center, please email CrossCounty@sunywcc.edu, or call 914-606-7100.

Westchester Community College Center for the Arts (formerly the Westchester Art Workshop) in White Plains is centrally located at the Westchester County Center. With a long-standing commitment to excellence and safety in the arts, the Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of courses in the visual arts, computer arts, design, and craft media. These courses serve matriculated students working toward a certificate or Associate Degree, as well as the community’s needs for enrichment. Other programs offered to the community include seminars, lectures, art exhibitions, topical conferences, open community studios, and a comprehensive summer youth art program.

Since its founding in 1926, Center for the Arts has provided the Westchester community the opportunity to explore and expand its creativity and gain an education in the visual arts. From the most traditional methods to the most cutting-edge technology, the CFA is dedicated to providing education in the arts and craft media, supporting the notion that the arts and creativity are fundamental to life. From its unique setting in central Westchester, this intensely used art school attracts students from all over the county and its surrounding areas. The warm and friendly environment makes the facility conducive to creativity and artistic endeavors. The high-end Macintosh computer labs offer publication design and photo imaging supported by popular software for artists and career professionals. The Center offers thirteen fully equipped laboratories for Black and White Photography, Color Photography, Digital Arts, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metalworking, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, multimedia-equipped lecture rooms supporting General Education courses, and a professional art gallery. Specialized technicians help facilitate the efficient operation of this wide range of technologies. The school is also accessible to the handicapped.

Registration and most other administrative services are offered on site, along with a store that carries art supplies for most classes. For more information about the Center for the Arts, please call 914-606-7500 or send email to arts@sunywcc.edu.


Gateway Center


The Gateway Center is a hub for activity at WCC and home to the Siegel Café where students, faculty, and staff can meet and enjoy snacks and a cup of coffee. Conceived as an educational venue impacting the Westchester County community and businesses, it is home to an array of initiatives and activities. The Gateway Center brings together programs and resources which are synergistic and create a dynamic exchange of resources among departments. The Center is home to the Business Department, Modern Languages, the English Language Institute, Volunteer Office, and Professional Development Center. The Welcome Center (914-606-5626) is often the point of entry for prospective students, current students, and visitors to learn about WCC programs and college facilities.

The Gateway Center also houses the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (914-606-5644). CCCIE is comprised of a national Blue Ribbon Panel of community colleges and experts in the field of immigrant education committed to meeting the educational needs of immigrant students. Of significance to the community are two other programs offered though the Gateway Center. Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial education throughout the college and our community. Through its collaborations with partners, both the public and private sectors, Gateway to Entrepreneurship - G2E (914-606-5616), is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages. G2E develops and facilitates programs that respond to entrepreneur’s needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy. G2E hosts the annual day long GROW conference for entrepreneurs and business owners. A second strong program is the Center for Financial and Economic Education (914-606-5627), dedicated to providing an array of financial education programs to the campus and to residents of Westchester County. The mission of the CFEE is to offer a comprehensive platform for financial learning by offering classes, workshops, and other resources to students, faculty, staff, and the public at large, with an objective of fostering financial empowerment within our community. The Center hosts an annual financial education day for Westchester community residents.

Distance Learning


Distance Learning widens students’ access to education, increases students’ control over the time, place, and method of study and allows students more flexibility in scheduling that best suits their individual learning needs and styles. At Westchester Community College, we offer two ways to become involved in this type of learning.

Online courses are taught via the Internet and follow the same schedule as do Fall and Spring on-campus courses. Summer courses vary slightly from the on-campus schedule. Students have access to their course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are not required to log on at a specific time but must submit work and complete all activities in a timely manner according to the schedule set up by the instructor. Online course activities typically include reading assignments, written assignments, group projects, class discussions, and taking exams. Some online courses may require students to take tests on campus or at an approved site. Two degrees and one certificate can be taken online.

Video-based courses provide college credit through the use of video, textbooks, and study guides, in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Students have an on-campus orientation where they receive all the information they need to succeed in the course. This approach allows students who need a more flexible schedule than the traditional classroom to fulfill their educational needs.

We are expanding the distance learning courses offered each semester. Courses, descriptions, computer requirements, special requirements, and registration information can be found at www.sunywcc.edu/dl.

For more information, please call the Distance Learning Office at 914-606-6827 or email us at distance.learning@sunywcc.edu.

Westchester Community College Foundation


The Westchester Community College Foundation was established in 1969 to meet college and student needs not met by public funds. As part of its mission, the Foundation’s primary objective is to provide scholarships for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Additional objectives include funding new initiatives and projects, faculty development, and other programs that enrich campus life and assist the college to fulfill its mandate to provide attainable, affordable, and quality education.

In addition to seeking private funding to support the efforts of the college, the Foundation is the sponsor of Westchester Community College’s Alumni Committee, Volunteer Corps, and The Native Plant Center.

Governed by a 55-member independent Board of Directors made up of community leaders who represent the social and economic make-up of Westchester County, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. The efforts of the Foundation are made possible through the continuing support of alumni, community individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations who are committed to advancing the mission of Westchester Community College.

For more information about the Foundation, including ways to join in its work for the college, contact or visit the Foundation Office in Hartford Hall, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595 or telephone 914-606-6670.

Westchester Community College Alumni Committee

The Westchester Community College Foundation was established in 1969 to meet college and student needs not met by public funds. As part of its mission, the Foundation’s primary objective is to provide scholarships for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Additional objectives include funding new initiatives and projects, faculty development, and other programs that enrich campus life and assist the college to fulfill its mandate to provide attainable, affordable, and quality education.

In addition to seeking private funding to support the efforts of the college, the Foundation is the sponsor of Westchester Community College’s Alumni Committee, Volunteer Corps, and The Native Plant Center.

Governed by a 55-member independent Board of Directors made up of community leaders who represent the social and economic make-up of Westchester County, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. The efforts of the Foundation are made possible through the continuing support of individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations who are committed to advancing the mission of Westchester Community College.

For more information about the Foundation, including ways to join in its work for the college, contact or visit the Foundation Office in Hartford Hall, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595 or telephone 914-606-6670.