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College Profile and Admissions

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.s


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.

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.

General Requirements for Admission


Admission is based on the availability of space and qualifications of the applicant. Westchester Community College adheres to the policy that no person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or handicap is excluded from, or is subject to, discrimination in any program or activity. Information collected on this application (Section 355(2) (i) Education Law) will be used to evaluate your request for admission. Except as required by applicable law or as set forth by any college policy, Westchester Community College reserves the right to make discretionary admissions decisions and to admit or deny candidates for any lawful reason.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Possess a local or Regent’s high school diploma (an I.E.P. [Individual Education Plan] certificate of completion is not a recognized diploma)
  2. Possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED)
  3. Be admitted under the Home-Schooled Student requirements
  4. Be admitted through the New York State 24 College Credit GED Program

Prospective students are not required by the college to submit standardized test scores such as SAT or ACT.

Placement tests in English and/or mathematics may be required as part of the enrollment process. (See Notification of Acceptance)

Programs in the School of Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning may require a background check and drug screening prior to being eligible for a clinical rotation. Information about specific requirements may be found within the Programs of Study .


A matriculated student is one who has been formally admitted to the college, has registered in a curriculum or designated program and is pursuing courses toward a degree or certificate. A matriculated student may be full- or part-time, and may take day or evening courses depending on course offerings and personal preference.

In order to be matriculated at the college the student must meet the following conditions:

  1. Possess a Regent’s High School diploma (an IEP “diploma” is not acceptable as proof of high school graduation).


  1. Possess a GED (General Equivalency Diploma)


  1. Be formally admitted and pursuing courses leading to a degree or certificate.


A non-matriculated student is one who submits an application and enrolls in classes without the intention of earning a degree or certificate.


When To Apply


Westchester Community College accepts applications for admission on a rolling basis.

For Fall Admission (September)

Applicants for fall admission are encouraged to complete admissions procedures prior to May 1. This enables the college to process applications and notify applicants of admissions decisions on a timely basis.

For Spring Admission (January)

Applicants for spring admission are encouraged to complete admissions procedures by December 1 or as early as possible before the start of the spring semester. This enables the college to process applications and notify applicants of admissions decisions on a timely basis.

For Summer Admission

Applicants are encouraged to complete admission procedures in early April or as soon as possible before the start of the summer sessions to facilitate registration in appropriate courses.


Application Procedures

  1. Obtain an application from the high school guidance office, request one from the Office of Admissions, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York 10595-1698, 914-606-6735, or download one from the college web site. 
  2. Submit the Application for Admission and official high school transcripts or GED results, as well as any college-level transcripts, to the Office of Admissions, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York 10595-1698.
  3. Students who have taken standardized tests such as the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are encouraged to submit results. However, these exams are not a requirement for admission. Those who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should give attention to such examinations where necessary.
  4. All credentials presented for admission to Westchester Community College will become the property of the college and may not be returned to the applicant.

Certificate of Residence

All applicants who have not resided in Westchester County for six months prior to attendance but who are New York State residents must supply a Certificate or Residence from the Chief Fiscal Officer of their county of residence. A signed Certificate of Residence is valid for one year, from September through August. Failure to submit this document will result in a non-resident tuition charge.

Immunization Requirements

The New York State Public Health Law mandates:

  • All students, regardless of age, registering for 6 or more credit hours, must read the Meningococcal Meningitis fact sheet and sign the response form indicating whether or not the meningitis vaccine was received. (Parents or legal guardians must sign the meningitis response form for students under the age of 18)
  • All students born on or after January 1, 1957, registering for 6 or more credit hours, provide proof of meeting the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination requirements. The requirements are as follows:


  • Two injections on or after January 1, 1968 (at least 30 days apart), administered on or after the student’s first birthday. Immunizations administered prior to 1968 are acceptable if there is proof that a live vaccine was administered.
  • Or provide the date of the physician documented disease
  • Or provide proof of a positive immune titer.


  • One injection on or after January 1, 1969 administered after the student’s first birthday
  • Or provide the date of the physician documented disease
  • Or provide proof of a positive immune titer


  • One injection on or after January 1, 1969 administered after the student’s first birthday
  • Or provide proof of a positive immune titer (Proof of disease is not acceptable)

Students must fill out Part I of the Westchester Community College Immunization Record Form and Healthcare Providers must complete and sign Part II. Physician, clinic, hospital and school records can also be submitted in place of Part II.

All proof of immunization compliance must be presented at or prior to registration.

Students can access the Westchester Community College Immunization Form at www.sunywcc.edu/immunization.

Any questions regarding immunizations can be directed to the Health & Wellness Office at 914-606-6610 or healthoffice@sunywcc.edu.


Acceptance to the College


Applications are acted upon as they are received, and notification of acceptance is sent as soon thereafter as possible. Notification for selective programs will be sent as soon after the application deadline as possible.

In order to ensure that every student has the greatest chance for academic success, Westchester Community College has a mandatory placement testing policy. The placement examination is a series of short placement tests used to assess students’ competency levels in English, reading, and mathematics. The results are used to provide information to students and their counselors as they work together to develop an appropriate program for study.

Placement Testing

Upon admission to Westchester Community College, all matriculated students are required to take the Placement Examination prior to registering in any courses. Students who can demonstrate proof of completion of college-level math or writing courses with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited college or university are exempt from placement testing.

All non-matriculated students who plan to enroll in an English, math or reading course must take the Placement Exam.

After acceptance and placement testing, all students are required to schedule an appointment with a counselor for identification of vocational and educational goals, course selection, and registration. For more information about Placement Testing, please visit www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter.

Acceptance to the college does not necessarily carry with it the right to enroll in the courses or curricula of your choice unless your high school background and placement test results fulfill the required educational prerequisite requirements.  Enrollment in courses is on a first-come, first-serve basis; so early registration is highly recommended. Accordingly, students may be required to take basic preparatory courses, or concurrent corequisite courses, to make up deficiencies. A student may be accepted into a curriculum other than the one for which he/she originally applied.

Courses are available on a space-available basis only. Therefore, students are urged to take advantage of early registration to ensure enrollment in the desired courses.

Admission with Advanced Standing

A candidate for admission who has attended another institution of higher learning is required to follow the application procedures as outlined under General Requirements for Admission. In addition, official transcripts of all of the student’s previous college records must be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office.

A student may be granted a maximum of 50 percent of the required credits for a degree or certificate at Westchester Community College through transfer, examination or evaluation. Courses transferred as specific courses (not electives) must be determined to be the equivalent of the Westchester Community College courses they will replace. Within the requirements for the various curricula, there may be specific courses that must be taken at Westchester Community College. The post secondary institutions from which credits are received must be regionally accredited at the time the courses were taken. Transfer of international credits is at the discretion of the college. International credits must be evaluated by an outside accrediting agency prior to submission. Any course deemed equivalent to a college-level course at Westchester Community College in which the student has received a grade of “C” (i.e., 2.0) or better will be accepted for transfer credit. Courses in which grades of “P” (Pass) and “S” (Satisfactory) will also be accepted for transfer credit, provided the standard for achieving those grades is 2.0 or better.

In some curricula, arrangements have been made with certain high schools and other educational institutions for consideration of advanced standing of work completed at those schools.

Credits may also be granted through Advanced Placement (AP) examinations and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Through these programs, a student may successfully complete examinations in a variety of subject areas and can be granted college credit. Click for information about Advanced Placement Exams  and CLEP Exams and Equivalent Courses . Inquiries concerning the CLEP or AP may be addressed to the Transfer Evaluator, Registrar’s Office at Westchester Community College. Limited credit may be granted for educational courses or training in the Armed Services.

Credit for Studies Completed while Serving in the Military

Students who have engaged in a course of study while serving in the military may be eligible to receive college credit at Westchester Community College.


  • The coursework completed in the military must be applicable to the program of study (degree) in which the student wishes to enroll (or is enrolled) at Westchester Community College.
  • Students must submit the following documents to the Transcript Evaluator in the Admissions Office:

    • AARTS1 transcript, or a SMART2, or a CCAF3 transcript 
    • An ACE4 recommendation/transcript
    • The DD214 (for Physical Education transfer credit)
  • Students may earn:
    • Generic credit identified by discipline or type of degree requirement 
    • Credit for a specific, parallel course
  • Transfer credit may fulfill
    • Core, Program or Elective requirements

1AARTS - Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System
2SMARTS - Sailor/Marine American Council of Education Registry Transcript System
3CCAF - Community College of the Air Force
4ACE – American Council on Education

Early Admissions Program

Certain high school students may benefit either educationally or vocationally from beginning college study in individual courses or in a selected college curriculum earlier than the traditional college entry date. Such students may seek admission either on a full-time or part-time basis under the Early Admissions Program.

The Early Admission program allows qualified students to take classes at Westchester Community College while concurrently completing high school classes.

Once you have completed the placement test, your file will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding your admission. The placement test must be completed in both Mathematics and English even if you have no plans to take classes in these subject areas.

  1. Applicants must successfully complete the high school curriculum through the eleventh grade with a “B” (80 out of 100) or better.
  2. Submit a copy of the most recent transcript.
  3. Applicants must submit a letter of permission and recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor.
  4. Applicants must follow the regular application procedures outlined above for entering freshmen (including Placement Testing).
  5. Applicants may be requested to submit a personal essay or schedule an admissions interview to explain their interest in the Early Admission Program. Early Admission applications will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions. Consideration for admission will be given on an individual basis.

Please note: Prospective students who are not high school graduates and whose scheduled graduation date has not yet passed are not eligible to receive Title IV (federal) Financial Aid.

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students must obtain a letter from their local school district officials confirming that they have completed a program of study that is “substantially equivalent” to instruction given to students graduating high school in the public schools. Applicants must follow the regular application procedures for entering freshmen (including Placement Testing).

24 Credit Hour GED Program

New York State Department of Education sponsors a 24 Credit Hour GED program that is designed for people who want to earn their GED while concurrently earning college credits.

To be eligible for this program:

  1. You must be at least 17 years of age.
  2. Your high school class must have already graduated.
  3. You must currently be a resident of New York State, and have been for at least one month.
  4. You must take the appropriate Westchester Community College Placement Tests and meet the minimum scores for admission.

Westchester Community College does not grant the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. We offer the courses necessary to apply for the diploma through the New York State Education Department.

The High School Equivalency Program of the New York State Education Department has established the following guidelines for granting an equivalency diploma based on earned credit:

A student who has not earned a high school diploma may be issued a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) upon successful completion of the required 24 college-level credits as a recognized candidate for a college level degree or certificate from Westchester Community College.

A non high school grad (non GED recipient) student may be considered by the college as a recognized candidate for a degree or certificate only for the purpose of attaining the equivalency diploma certification.

Westchester Community College will consider an application for admission from students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency, provided that they meet all of the following minimum criteria:

  1. The student’s high school class must have graduated.
  2. The student must contact the Admissions Office for information and to determine eligibility for the program.
  3. The student must take the placement test to determine “Ability to Benefit.”
  4. If admitted, the student must enroll in the required coursework following placement testing. A personal interview with an academic advisor, and submission of supportive documentation may be requested by the college.

Once enrolled, students must complete 24 credits within the following course distribution:

  • 6 credits in English language arts
  • 3 credits in mathematics
  • 3 credits in natural science
  • 3 credits of social science
  • 3 credits in humanities
  • 6 credits in career and technical education or foreign languages.

Upon completion of the 24 credits, students must submit required application forms and official transcripts to the New York State Education Department for certification and awarding of the GED.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions, 914-606-6735.

Health Professions Admission

All students accepted into any health program will be required to complete a physical examination before they will be allowed to take clinical courses.

Professional Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care Admission

Applicants for the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN), Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology, Associate Degree in Respiratory Care or the Practical Nursing Certificate (PN), must complete all requirements and submit all necessary supporting documents to the Office of Admissions, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York 10595-1698. While applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, please note, these special programs have special application deadline dates which can be found within their official program descriptions found in this Catalog. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space available basis. These programs have limited capacity and are of a selective nature. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at 914-606-6735.

Radiologic Technology*

Current general requirements to be considered for Radiologic Technology include a high school diploma (GED accepted) with two years of high school science, (including biology), and two years of high school mathematics to include algebra.

Respiratory Care*

Current general requirements for Respiratory Care are a high school diploma (GED accepted). Two years of high school science (biology and chemistry), and one year of high school algebra are strongly recommended.

*Programs may be limited geographically.

Admission of Veterans

Westchester Community College is fully recognized under State and Federal laws that provide for educational benefits to veterans. A Veterans Affairs counselor is available to assist you in obtaining your educational benefits, as well as to provide vocational/educational counseling, information about veteran’s benefits, and assistance in completing required forms. Call the Office of Financial Aid at 914-606-6773 for further information.

Admission as an International Student (F-1)

Any applicant who is not a citizen, or a documented permanent resident of the U.S. and who wishes to study at the college on a full-time basis, may apply for an F-1 (student) visa. Such a student is considered an international student throughout their academic stay. Students on F-1 visas must be admitted to the college on a full-time matriculated basis (see Matriculation). International students should download and print an International Student Application Packet from the college website. Please visit the International Student Services website for application deadlines. Applicants must submit:

  1. Westchester Community College Application for Admissions
  2. Autobiographical essay
  3. High school and/or college records
  4. State University of New York Foreign Student Financial Statement
    1. include financial support in form of bank statements 
    2. include affidavit of support for room & board (if necessary)
  5. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score for consideration is 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer test, or 61 on the Internet based test. Students already in the United States can be evaluated by the Westchester Community College English Language Institute in place of the TOEFL. Those applications without the appropriate scores on the TOEFL or low English evaluations from the English Language Institute will be referred to the English Language Institute programs for English language study.

  6. Sponsor’s affidavit of annual financial support
    1. Include copies of income tax returns
    2. A letter of employment
  7. Copy of information page of passport
  8. Copy of visa & I-94 (if already in the United States)
  9. Copy of I-20 (if transferring from another college)




Students in attendance within the last seven years:

A student wishing to be considered for full-time readmission should contact the Office of Counseling and Student Development at 914-606-6779. A readmit student is a student who did not attend the college the previous semester (excluding summer sessions). For example, a student who attended Fall 2006 but not Spring 2007 and then applies for Fall 2007 is considered a readmit student. Returning students must satisfy any new graduation requirements in place when they return. Students attempting to return from a Dismissed Status should refer to Academic Reinstatement. A student who owes money to the college from a previous semester will not be readmitted until the debt is paid.

Students last in attendance more than seven years ago:

A student who last attended the college more than seven years ago must follow procedures as outlined for a new student.