Admissions FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Can I be a CCC student if I don't have a high school diploma?
In order to be admitted to a degree program one must have a high school or general equivalency (GED) diploma. Applicants are advised to complete a GED course prior to applying to Clinton. Without a high school or general equivalency diploma applicants may attend Clinton in non-matriculated status, limiting their access to financial aid.
Can I be accepted at CCC with an IEP diploma?
The New York State Education Department has ruled that an IEP diploma is different from a high school diploma in that it is not an indication of successful completion of high school study. Therefore community colleges, including Clinton, are under no legal obligation to accept students under the terms of the New York State Full Opportunity Policy. Without a high school or general equivalency diploma applicants may attend Clinton in non-matriculated status, limiting their access to financial aid. Once a GED has been earned students may be accepted at Clinton Community College and have access to financial aid.
What is "open enrollment"?
Clinton Community College offers open enrollment which means that an individual will be enrolled in an academic program if he/she has earned a high school diploma or GED. Admission is non-selective with the exception of the Nursing Program. Admission into the Nursing Program is selective and requires a separate application along with the general college application. Click here for more information on the Nursing Program.
What is "full-time" study?
A full-time student is enrolled in 12-18 "semester" hours of study per semester.
What transcripts are required?
All matriculated (degree seeking) students must have official (in sealed envelope) transcripts sent from your high school and each previous college attended. Transcripts are required from all colleges from which you took courses, including those taken during high school, and courses that were not passed or completed. A copy of a GED will be accepted in lieu of high school transcript.
I went to another college and my grades were not great. I want a fresh start at CCC. Do I have to send the transcript from the college I previously attended?
Yes. Our advisors can do their very best advsing when they have access to your academic history. We want to provide you will all the support you need so that you can get off to a great (and fresh!) start at CCC. We want to help you meet your academic goals!
After being accepted, what should I expect?
Each semester, newly accepted full-time students pay a fee of intent of $50 toward the cost of tuition. Once we receive this deposit, we send you information/dates for placement testing and Registration. We have several opportunities from May - August for the fall semester and October - January for the Spring semester to complete your Placement Testing and register for courses. In addition, we offer limited dates which allow you the opportunity to complete both the test and registration on the same day.
New full-time students will meet with an advisor to discuss program requirements and specific course offerings. With assistance from an advisor, you will select courses. Your advisor will then create your schedule based on your requests and course availability. New part-time students are advised through the Counseling & Advisement Office. We encourage all students to complete this process as soon as possible. The sooner you complete these requirements, the more options you have for course selection.
Do I need immunization records?
Yes. New York State law requires students born on or after January 1, 1957 to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. Your high school, previous college or physician's office are usually the best options to locate your immunization history. In addition, all Residence Hall Students must provide proof of a current (within past 12 months), negative Tuberculosis test before moving into the residence hall. If the TB test was positive, proof of a subsequent negative chest x-ray must be submitted. If you have questions, DO NOT WAIT, contact the College Health Office.
Do I have to attend orientation if I previously attended another college?
Yes. All full-time students who are new to CCC must attend our unique Orientation program. There are several orientation dates scheduled during the month of August, please contact the Counseling & Advisement Office at 562-4199 for further information.
Can I change my schedule after registration?
Prior to the start of the semester, if changes need to be made to your schedule, you should contact the Counseling & Advisement Office at 562-4199 for assistance. Once the semester begins, students will be able to alter their schedule during the add/drop period with their advisor.
What is the difference between an A.S., an A.A., and A.A.S. degree?
A.S. and A.A. degrees are designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and employment. There may be situations when A.A.S. prepared students pursue bachelor's degrees, however, these students should work closely with a faculty advisor or the Career Planning Office.
What is a 2+2 program?
CCC has worked with several Bachelor's degree granting institutions to allow you to begin your study at CCC and transfer easily to a four-year institution (usually after two years and completion of your Associate degree) to complete the Bachelor's degree of your choice. The written agreements which we sign with these institutions ensure that you can begin any of a vast number of programs at Clinton Community College and then transfer to a Bachelor's degree level institution to complete your bachelor's degree work in your chosen field of study. Doing so makes earning a Bachelor's degree more convenient and will likely save you a considerable amount of money. Wherever you are headed as you pursue a college degree, your pathway can begin at Clinton Community College!
What is Joint Admissions?
A joint admissions program has been established between Clinton Community College (CCC) and Plattsburgh State University (PSU). Students applying to CCC may request to be jointly admitted to PSU. When accepted into the joint admissions program, the student is accepted into an Associate Degree program at CCC and a Baccalaureate Degree program at PSU. Upon completion of the Associate Degree, the student is guaranteed a place in the junior class in a parallel program at PSU. Students in Communications Disorders and Sciences, Nursing, Social Work and all Teacher Education programs must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students may enter the program either during the pre-admission phase or during their first two semesters at CCC. CCC students in the Joint Admissions Program are considered as PSU students and will be allowed to participate in most PSU functions. The CCC student must complete his/her Associate Degree prior to transferring to PSU.
What kind of housing do you have?
Residence Hall living at Clinton Community College features a residence life complex that offers students the experience and convenience of living on campus. Our residence halls are located two miles from our main campus, which is beautifully located on Lake Champlain. Our residence halls are co-ed and provide opportunities to develop friendships and participate in extracurricular social and cultural events.
Our rooms are double occupancy with a semi-private bathroom adjoining rooms. Some rooms are designated singles (with a semi-private bathroom). Singles are available on a limited basis. All rooms have telephone, free cable and free high speed internet. Each hall has its own laundry facility and is staffed with professional residence life employees and resident assistant staff. There is ample parking for your vehicle and a convenient bus service 7 days a week between the halls and the main campus. Security personnel are also at the complex every night.
What are your school codes?
Our Federal OPE ID# is 006787
Our State TAP School Code is 2036
Our CEEB Code is 2135
I have been convicted of a felony or been disciplinary dismissed from another college. Will I still be admitted?
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must provide additional information on our Supplemental Form F, as well as a copy of their criminal record (click here for more information). Once we have received those documents they will be reviewed by our Admissions Review Committee. Applicants who have been dismissed from another college for disciplinary reasons must complete a Supplemental Form D, which will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions.