Admissions Policies And Other Important Information
This page is intended to provide information and instructions on how to apply for admission at Orange County Community College. Before you complete the application included in the Viewbook or here on the Web, please take the time to read the important information provided below.
Orange County Community College has an "open door" admissions policy which means that most programs are open to anyone with a high school diploma from an accredited and registered high school, or an equivalency diploma provided seats are available in the programs to which the applicant has applied. Special requirements and deadlines are to be noted for Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant and Radiologic Technology applicants.
Former Orange County Community College students who were enrolled previously and have not attended Orange for two or more consecutive semesters (e.g. Fall & Spring) are required to file a readmission application form. Note that while SUNY Orange credits are always valid, an evaluation of the age of selected credit courses identified by the department as critical to the program may result in requiring the student to enroll in additional course work to complete the degree at the College.
The 24-Credit Hour Program is designed for those without high school diplomas or high school equivalency certificates. Upon successful completion of 24 college credit hours, with a cumulative grade point average of C, application may be made to the New York State Education Department for the high school equivalency diploma. An interview with an admissions counselor is required prior to admission to this program.
Home-Schooled Students who wish to obtain admission to, or enroll at Orange County Community College must hold a high school degree or diploma. Home-schoolers who have earned a high school diploma from correspondence school or a certificate of completion at a home-study program must present, along with their application information and transcripts, proof that the correspondence school or home-school program is registered or recognized by it's own state department of education.
If you have been home-schooled and wish to discuss your academic and career goals as they relate to Orange County Community College, please call us at 845-341-4030.
Application Instructions for all students appear on the page preceding the application. There are additional and special instructions for Nursing and Allied Health and instructions for International Students. There are also special instructions for our Honors Program.
Orange County Community College is committed to the acceptance of students without regard to sex, race, creed, color, national origin, age or handicap as defined by law.
Student Classifications and Matriculation Policy
Matriculated students are full-time or part-time students who have formally applied and been accepted in a degree program. They must have a high school diploma from an accredited and registered high school or equivalency diploma. Students without a high school diploma who meet specific requirements may apply as matriculated students to the 24 Credit-Hour Program which has a separate application form. Call Admissions at 845-341-4030 to request the special 24 Credit Hour Program application if necessary.
- Full-time matriculated students take between 12 and 18 credits.
- Part-time matriculated students take less than 12 credits.
- Non-matriculated students are not in degree programs and fill out a simple application through the Registrar's Office. Call 845-341- 4140. Non-matriculated students must hold a high school diploma or equivalency diploma to attend the college.
The Mandatory Matriculation policy requires that all non-matriculated students who have completed a total of 11.5 credits of course work apply for matriculation to the college before proceeding with their studies. This does not apply to College Experience Program students. Applications for admission may be obtained from the Admissions Office; call 845-341-4030.
Matriculated and non-matriculated students may attend classes during the day, evening and/or on the weekends during the Fall, Spring and two Summer semesters.
All newly matriculated students are required to participate in an Assessment prior to registering for classes. The purpose of the Assessment will be to determine your skill level in the areas of English and mathematics so we can give you the extra support you may need to achieve your academic and personal goals here at Orange.
If you've successfully completed a mathematics and/or English course on the college level for college credit, you may be eligible to request a waiver of the Assessment. You will receive information concerning Assessment dates and times and waiver procedures when you receive your acceptance packet.
Please refer to the SUNY Orange college catalog for current tuition and fee information.
SUNY Orange has various sources of financial aid to help to pay for your education. The federal and state government, civic and business organizations and private individuals make money available in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. More than 4 million dollars in financial aid is distributed each year to students who need help in paying for their education. We urge you to apply as early as possible, as the forms take several weeks to process and it is important that you have your aid in time to pay tuition.
Office of Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services strives to provide qualified students with disabilities, whether temporary or permanent, with essential services that will help them achieve their academic, vocational and personal goals. Support services and academic accommodations allow students with disabilities equal access to all programs at the college.
The Office of Disability Services is located in the George Shepard Student Center Building, Room 301. To initiate services or for more information, please contact the Advocate for Students with Disabilities at: (845) 341-4077 (Middletown) or (845) 341-4034 (Newburgh)
Student Right to Know
Orange County Community College is complying with new Federal Regulations effective July 1, 1993, which require that all full-time students be provided with undergraduate completion or graduation rates specific to their program of choice. The college is required to provide program-specific statistical data to each student.
N.Y.S. Immunization Requirements
Students attending college in New York State are required to present proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Two dates of measles immunization are necessary. Persons born prior to January 1, 1957, are exempt from this requirement. No student will be permitted to register for 6 or more credits at Orange without first submitting some form of acceptable proof of immunity. For further information, call the college Health Center at 845-341-4870.
Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
SUNY Orange is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). As a member, the college grants up to 45 credits to active duty personnel in order to facilitate their completion of a degree. Call the transfer credit evaluator for further details at 845-341-4175.
Non-active duty service personnel may be granted a maximum of 30 credits for military courses and experiences. For more details, call our Veteran's Representative at 845-341-4071.
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