Nassau offers three degrees: the Associate in Arts (A.A.); the Associate in Science
(A.S.); and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). Each degree can be completed
in approximately two years of full-time study. The College also offers a number of
certificate programs in specific career-related areas (e.g. Web Design, Studio Recording
Technology, Food Services Technology, Cybersecurity, Financial Markets, Construction
Management). Most certificate programs can be completed in one year of full-time
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree has a liberal arts and sciences emphasis and prepares
students to transfer to a four-year college for further study in a liberal arts curriculum
(e.g. English, Communications, Psychology, History, Foreign Languages).
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree has a math, science, and/or professional emphasis
and is intended primarily for students planning to transfer to a four-year college
and earn a bachelor's degree in a math-, science-, or business-related curriculum.
A.S. degree programs at Nassau offer an emphasis in Business Administration, Criminal
Justice, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Nursing, Photography, Health Studies,
and other areas.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree focuses on a specific career area
(e.g. Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Hotel Technology Administration, Mortuary
Science, Civil Engineering Technology) and prepares students to enter the workforce
upon graduation or to transfer to a four-year college for further study.
Degree requirements for each curriculum can be found in the online College Catalog (under "Programs of Study"). You can also speak with an advisor about courses that are appropriate for your degree.
Degree requirements generally fall into two categories: (a) required courses (specific
classes you must take) and (b) electives (classes that you yourself choose).
If you are pursuing a liberal arts degree, you should speak with an advisor from the
Academic Advisement Center (516.572.7436) or the Department of Student Personnel Services
(516.572.7506). If you are pursuing a degree in a specific career area (Criminal
Justice, Business Administration, Marketing, and so on), you should speak with a faculty
member from that department.
A credit is a unit of study that is the equivalent of fifty minutes of class instruction
and two hours of outside study each week. Except for remedial and other noncredit
courses, all classes at Nassau carry a specific number of credits. Most courses carry
three credits. Lab science courses, as well as some mathematics and computer classes,
carry four credits.
Developmental courses are classes designed to help students improve their skills in
specific academic areas. Nassau offers developmental courses in English (WRT 001,
ENG 001), Reading (RDG 001, 002), and Mathematics (MAT 001, 012, 013, 002, and 003).
Developmental courses don't carry college credit, but they do count toward full-time
attendance. Students are placed into developmental courses based on their placement
tests, which assess skills in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematics.
The best time to take developmental classes is before you begin credit classes. Nassau
offers some developmental courses during the summer. While it's advisable to complete
them during that time, you are not required to do so. However, you must then take
that course (or courses) in your first semester of attendance.
While the actual number of credits required for graduation varies slightly from one
curriculum to another, most programs at Nassau require approximately 64 credits.
For information about the number of credits required in a specific curriculum, speak
with an academic advisor.
To graduate from Nassau, you need a minimum average of "C" (grade-point average of
2.0). Keep in mind, however, that it's in your interest to do as well as you possibly
can in your classes at Nassau. Many four-year institutions base admission--and financial
aid--on the grades students have received at their previous colleges. Many employers
also look at the grades students earned in college. The higher your overall average
at Nassau, the better your prospects will be.
It makes sense to complete your associate's degree before transferring. By doing
so, you will increase the likelihood that all of your credits will transfer to your
next college or university. Most four-year schools routinely accept credits that
are part of an associate's degree. Many four-year colleges and universities also
offer scholarships and other financial aid to students holding associate's degrees.
Such aid is not always available to students who have simply transferred with credits,
but no associate's degree.
A semester runs fifteen weeks. At Nassau, the fall semester begins in early September
and continues through the third week in December. The spring semester begins in mid-January
and concludes in mid-May. In addition to the fall and spring semesters, the College
offers a three-week session in January and three summer sessions.
Most classes meet twice a week for 2 1/2 hours (1 1/4 hours per session). However,
there are exceptions. Many lab sciences, for example, meet three times a week--twice
for lectures and once for a lab. Some math courses and some remedial classes also
meet three times a week. A small number of classes, such as studio art classes and
NCC 101: The College Experience, meet once a week.
NCC 101 is a college success seminar. Its primary goal is to help students make
a good start in college, to succeed in their classes, and to get the most out of their
college experience. The course provides information about Nassau, including academic
and campus services, as well as instruction in important college skills (e.g. note
taking, time management, test taking). The course carries one general elective credit.
For more information about NCC 101, call 516.572.7506.
Classes are scheduled at various times throughout the day and evening. They begin
on weekdays as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 9:25 p.m. There are also classes
available at various times (mornings and afternoons) on weekends.
More than twenty-five academic departments offer online courses. Some classes are
entirely online, while others combine online sessions with face-to-face class meetings.
Online courses are offered through Nassau's Distance Education program (516.572.7883).
Internships--credit-bearing work opportunities--are available through a number of
academic departments, including Accounting/Business Administration; Communications;
Criminal Justice; English; Hospitality Business; Marketing/Retailing/Fashion; Psychology;
and Sociology (Human Services). The Student Professional Development/Employer Services
Office (516.572.7132) also has information about local businesses and agencies that
Yes. Several courses at NCC contain applied learning components. In addition, the
Center for Service Learning (516.572.9775), located in the Student Services Center
(Tower, Lower Level), offers students opportunities to participate in community service
activities. Several student clubs and organizations on campus also sponsor campus
and community service projects and invite student participation. Some students volunteer
time to campus- or community-based projects such as the NEST, NCC's food pantry, or
the Friends of the Hempstead Plains Preservation.
Yes. The Office of International Education (516.572.7053) sponsors a number of opportunities
for international study. You can choose short-term international study courses, offered
during the summer or the January intersession, or semester or yearlong programs.
Yes. NCC's Honors program offers a series of enriched courses for students who meet
the criteria and want to enhance their education. Students who have excelled in high
school are eligible to participate; currently enrolled students who have a grade-point
average of 3.4 may also apply. For more information, call 516.572.7194.
No. However, the College's parking lots provide ample parking, so finding a space
is seldom a problem. Most parking spaces on campus are available for student use.
Keep in mind, however, that a small number of spaces are reserved for faculty and
staff, as well as handicapped parking. It's important to pay attention to parking
signs. Parking illegally on campus can result in your receiving a Nassau County summons,
which can be very expensive.
Yes. Several NICE (Nassau Inter-County Express) buses make regular stops on campus. You can pick up bus schedules in the Public Safety
Office (516.572.7100), the Information Services Center (Student Services Center -
Tower, lower level; 516.572.7501), and the Office of Student Activities (College Center,
Rm. 150; 516.572.7148).
There are three food locations on campus. TheCenter Court Cafe, located in the College
Center (lower level), serves breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads, pizza, hamburgers,
and a selection of hot dishes. Two other services, the Marketplace (located opposite
Cluster B) and Nassau Eatz (located in Building V), serve bagels, snacks, hot and
cold drinks, and other items. Most campus buildings also have vending machines with
snacks and drinks.
Though prices of texts vary, books are, in general, expensive. If you are a full-time
student, you can probably expect to pay about $300 for books and school supplies each
semester. One way to reduce the cost of textbooks somewhat is to buy used books (books
that have been resold to the bookstore by students). These sell for less money than
new editions. Another way to save money is to explore renting texts from the bookstore.
Also, the campus library has copies of many texts on reserve for student use.
In addition to the college success seminar (see NCC 101 - question 16), the College
holds an Orientation prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. The Orientation
program gives students an opportunity to learn about the College, tour the campus,
meet other students, and learn academic success strategies. Nassau also encourages
incoming students to participate in freshman learning communities, which are groups
of related courses that give students the chance to work together, get to know each
other, and have an enriched learning experience. Learning communities are part of
Nassau's First Year Experience program.
The First Year Experience program is a series of activities aimed at helping new students adjust to college, do well
in their classes, and take part in campus life. FYE activities include a common reading
(a book that's read in many classes and that serves as the basis for campus discussions
and programs); a campus-wide day of service, which involves the student body in campus
and community service projects; a series of workshops about academic success and personal
growth; and a friendly and informative blog "What's Up, NCC?" and Twitter page containing information about campus life and advice about college success. A major
goal of FYE is to foster a spirit of community for all students.
The College's Financial Aid Office (516.572.7396) is located in the Student Services Center (Tower, lower level). The
professional staff can provide information about various forms of financial aid, as
well as assistance in completing applications.
Yes. Many campus offices and departments hire students. If you are interested in
working on campus, contact the College's Student Professional Development/ Employer
Services Office (516.572.7132) in Nassau Hall. If you are eligible for the federal
Work-Study program, you may also find a job on campus. For information about Work-Study
opportunities, contact the Financial Aid Office (516.572.7396).
There are a large number of academic help centers on campus. These include writing
centers, math centers, and individual assistance in reading, foreign languages, natural
sciences, accounting, art, music, and other subjects. Several departments, including
English, Student Personnel Services, and the Library, also offer workshops aimed at
helping students improve their writing, study, and research skills. The goal of all
academic support services is to help students improve their skills and acquire a better
understanding of material covered in their classes.
Absolutely. Nassau offers a range of counseling services. Whether you want to improve
your study skills, make career decisions, resolve a personal concern, or select a
four-year college to continue your education, counselors are available to assist you.
You can also call the Department of Student Personnel Services (516.572.7506), located
in Nassau Hall.
The Center for Students with Disabilities (516.572.7241), located in the College Union,
provides tutoring, counseling, and other support services for students with physical,
psychiatric, and learning disabilities.
The Adult Resource Center, located in Nassau Hall, (516.572-7141), has been established
to help the College's mature student (25 years old and over) population. The Center's
services include advisement and assistance with developing class schedules that meet
students' individual needs.
The Center for Veterans Affairs (516.572.9775), located in the Student Services Center (Tower, lower level), helps
military veterans obtain information about educational benefits and related services.
The College also sponsors a Veterans' Club and a Veterans Resource Facility (365 Rice
Circle) that provide opportunities for veterans to meet, socialize, and learn more
about campus resources.
The Office of International Student Affairs (516.572.7053), located in the Life Sciences
Building, Rms. 141-149, provides assistance to non-immigrant students, including those
who have been educated abroad, who hold temporary visas, or who are permanent legal
residents of the United States.
The Academic Advisement Center (516.572.7436), located in the Student Services Center
(Tower, lower level), provides advice and guidance to students who have not yet chosen
an area of study. In addition, the Career Counseling Center (516.572.7696), located
in Nassau Hall, offers workshops aimed at helping students discover their academic
and career interests. Both offices are very good resources.
Yes. The College offers a range of scholarships for continuing and graduating students.
Many scholarships are administered through the Scholarships and Student Aid Committee
of the Academic Senate. Others are sponsored by various campus groups. Look for
announcements about scholarships on the NCC homepage as well as in the student newspaper, the Vignette. You can also
find information about scholarships on campus bulletin boards.
There are more than one hundred clubs on campus. They range from student groups that
are purely social and recreational to those that are largely career-oriented. Some
clubs have an ethnic or religious focus, while others help students become better
acquainted with important political and social issues. In addition, the College sponsors
and supports several campus-wide organizations, including the Student Government Association,
the campus newspaper (Vignette), the Programming Board, Nassau Concerts, the Student
Organization of Latinos, and Haraya (African-American Students Organization).
The easiest way to learn about clubs is to attend the Activities Fair, which is held
at the beginning of every semester (in or in front of the College Center Building).
Representatives of most clubs will be available at this event to tell you about their
group's activities and to answer your questions. Another good resource is the Directory of Student Clubs and Organizations, which is available through the Office of Student Activities (516.572.7148) in the
College Center. This publication contains descriptions of clubs and lists the locations
of many club offices. In addition, the Vignette, the student newspaper, routinely
runs announcements about club meetings and club-sponsored events. Announcements about
club meetings and events can also be found on the NCC Facebook page; the First-Year Experience blog; and the First-Year Experience Twitter page.
Yes. The College sponsors many intercollegiate teams--football, soccer (men's and
women's), cross-country, track, baseball, softball, lacrosse (men's and women's),
basketball (men's and women's), wrestling, bowling, tennis, golf, volleyball, and
others. The College also has a large intramural athletic program for students who
wish to compete, participate in a variety of sports, and stay in shape. Information
about intercollegiate teams and intramural activities can be obtained from the Department
of Intercollegiate Athletics (516.572.7522) and the Intramural's Office (516.572.7684).
In addition, students can play a variety of games (pool, ping-pong, chess, and others)
in the Lounge, located in the College Union.
The College sponsors an array of cultural events--theatre productions, art gallery
exhibits, concerts, poetry readings, and dance recitals. The College's Theatre/Dance
Department (516.572.7508) sponsors several theatre productions each year. The Plaza
Art Gallery (516.572.9699), part of the Art Department, features the work of students
and faculty as well as off-campus artists. The Music Department (516.572-7447) holds
several concerts a year, many featuring performances by student musicians. The English
Department (516.572.7185) sponsors readings by well-known authors and supports the
student literary magazine, Luna. In addition, the campus radio station (WHPC, 90.3
FM; 516.572.7438) offers students opportunities to gain experience in broadcasting
and other aspects of radio. Last but certainly not least, the College's cultural
program (516.572.7148) features guest lectures by well-known authors, artists, political
figures, social activists, scientists, athletes, and business leaders. Most cultural
events are free.