Facts about Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College is the only public higher education institution in Rockland County. It has served as an educational resource for Rockland since 1959, offering small classes, personal attention and caring faculty. In addition to the main campus in Suffern, the College operates an Extension Center in Haverstraw. Over 11,000 people are enrolled in credit and non-credit courses, and over 200,000 visit the campus each year for cultural, recreational and commercial events.
Located in the historic and scenic Hudson Valley only 25 miles northwest of New York City, picturesque Rockland offers the best of all worlds, including recreational and cultural attractions and easy access to the educational and artistic resources of the city.
Center for Personal & Professional Development
Several thousand people are served by Continuing Education programs each year, including corporate and workforce training, personal development and programs for children and seniors.
The College offers 47 programs in the humanities, social sciences, arts, technologies, business, health professions, mathematics and sciences, including 39 associate’s degrees and 8 one-year certificate programs.
Enrollment of over 8,000 full- and part-time students includes 125 international students and 1,500 students over 30 years old.
In a recent student opinion survey, 90% of students who responded said that RCC had met or exceeded their expectations.
Acclaimed Honors Program
The Sam Draper Mentored/Talented Student (M/TS) Honors Program is a nationally acclaimed, rigorous academic program for liberal arts and business students seeking to transfer to premier colleges. Graduates transfer to such colleges as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Smith. Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the Honors Program. The program was awarded a coveted FIPSE grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a model for community college honors programs throughout the country.
Tops in Transfer
Most RCC graduates transfer to other colleges and universities. To facilitate the transfer process, the College has established numerous transfer agreements with private and public four-year colleges. A faculty counselor specializing in transfer is available to assist students with workshops and individual sessions.
Although Rockland is a non-residential campus, students enjoy the outstanding facilities of the College and become involved in organizations, clubs, community service projects, student government, student publications and athletic teams and intramural competitions.
A distinguished faculty comprised of about 119 full-time and 400 part-time members includes numerous Fulbright Scholars, SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners, published authors and artists. Average class size of 22 allows faculty members to work one-on-one with students.
More than $16 million in some form of financial assistance, including grants, loans and work-study programs, is awarded each year to RCC students, including $800,000 in student support and scholarships distributed through the Rockland Community College Foundation.
At least 300 community and commercial groups use the campus facilities each year, including the Fieldhouse’s two-acre indoor arena, sports facilities and the 500-seat Cultural Arts Theater.
A new Technology Center opened in 2006. The 100,000 sq. ft. building, the first new permanent construction on campus in over twenty years, houses student services, state-of-the-art classrooms, a lecture hall (The Ellipse), computer laboratories and offices for faculty and staff. It increased classroom capacity on campus by about 40%.
Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses stop on campus over 100 times a day. Call (845) 364-3333 at any time for bus information and to receive free schedules, or see link below.
(updated May 3, 2013)