Real World Ready at Rockland Community College

Founded in 1959, and conveniently located just 25 miles from New York City, Rockland Community College serves as an education, cultural and workforce development resource for the region, with sites in Haverstraw, Orangeburg (Auto Tech Center) and Nyack (Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center), in addition to the main campus in Suffern, New York. The College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. The student body is composed of first-time college students, high school students getting a head start on college coursework, international students, and adult learners at all levels. Thanks to the School’s affordable tuition, students who begin their career journey at RCC and then transfer to a four-year college, can save up to $100,000 on their education. RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through its Career Skills Academy.


The College offers Associate degrees in Arts (AA), Science (AS) and Applied Science (AAS), and Certificate Programs across five Academic Schools: Arts & Humanities; Business & Professional Studies; Education & Social Sciences; Nursing, Health and Wellness; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Participation in student leadership training and community service projects is high. The average class size of 22 students, and the dedicated professional faculty, all help foster an engaged and stimulating academic environment. Mentoring, guidance, tutoring programs and non-academic support services assist students from admission through every step to their degree completion.

Real World Ready

Preparing today’s students to be “real world ready,” RCC’s degree and certificate programs offer a range of transfer and specialization options. Articulation agreements offer seamless transfer, and most RCC graduates continue their bachelor’s degrees at 4-year colleges. RCC offers workshops, counseling, practice interviews and “real world” internships to help students define and fulfill their personal and career goals. The College is also developing a robust for-credit micro-credentialing program to prepare students for the workforce, which includes options for baking and food preparation, and can be counted as credit toward associate degrees.

Career Skills Academy

The philosophy of the Career Skills Academy is that success is attainable through all levels of training and education. Students can gain workforce certifications in a few short months, providing an opportunity to start, change or enhance their careers. These programs have been designed to provide future opportunities to obtain industry-specific certifications and/or offer a path into certificate and Associate Degree programs. Visit to learn more about these programs and other workforce and community training programs.

Recognized for Diversity

Rockland Community College was selected as a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Additionally, the College is a designated military friendly institution with specialized counselors assisting student veterans throughout their studies at RCC. Veteran-centered services include a dedicated lounge, career workshops, financial literacy training, as well as social events and trips aligned with student veterans’ unique perspectives. Students with work or family obligations who are returning to an academic path or taking courses to transition to a new career, will find that RCC provides many resources to support their educational re-entry, including on-campus childcare, and weekend/evening or online classes.

Honors Program

The Sam Draper Honors Program offers a rigorous liberal arts or business curriculum for students seeking the opportunity to achieve excellence and transfer to premier academic programs. Honors students receive close mentoring from a faculty member with expertise in the student’s chosen academic discipline. Honors graduates have been welcomed at institutions including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. Honors students may also participate in a summer program at Cambridge in England.

Location and Activities

Located in the scenic Hudson Valley, Rockland Community College offers a picturesque campus with views of the surrounding mountains. Public transportation from the campus provides local access and can connect students to the unique resources of New York City. Students can explore their interests and develop their skills on campus with more than 40 student clubs, honor societies, and a range of activities that include career networking, heritage celebrations, cultural events and fitness. Rockland Community College’s Hawks athletic teams compete in the Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference.

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