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Colleges / Dutchess Community College

About DCC

Dutchess Community College is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Poughkeepsie, New York. DCC was founded in 1957 and enrolls 8,691 undergrads and no graduate students. DCC provides on-campus housing for up to 472 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at DCC! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of DCC's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? DCC students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at DCC, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? DCC has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at DCC on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at DCC on the Student Life page.

2021 DCC Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Average GPA 2.8
In-State Tuition $4,350
Out-of-State $8,700
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $0

Is DCC a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what DCC offers and if it sounds like a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Dutchess Community College

It is not competitive to get into DCC. Around 70% of applicants get into DCC each year. Out of 5,732 applications received in 2021, 4,040 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at DCC

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for DCC Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 72% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Tuition and Financial Aid at DCC

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at DCC. Based on this information, how does DCC sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is DCC a good school for you?

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Where is Dutchess Community College Located?

DCC is located in the suburban setting of Poughkeepsie, New York, less than an hour from New York City.

If you want to see DCC for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Route 9 to Poughkeepsie, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Stewart International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what DCC and Poughkeepsie are like without leaving home.

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College Info

53 Pendell Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595

Campus Setting: Suburban

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Wondering what life at DCC is like? There are approximately 8,691 students enrolled at DCC. 40% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from NY and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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