Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
About Nassau Community College
1. What degrees does Nassau offer?
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. Photography, Studio Recording Technology, Desktop Publishing, Construction Management). Most certificate programs can be completed in one year of full-time study.
2. How does one degree differ from another?
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree has a liberal arts and science 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, and so on).
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, criminal justice, computer science, mathematics, engineering, nursing, photography, and other career 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 and earn a bachelor's degree.
More information about degree programs can be found in the online College Catalog ("Programs of Study"), located on the NCC homepage.
3. What exactly can I study at Nassau?
Nassau offers a wide range of degree options, including more than fifty different academic programs. You can find a complete list of programs in the online College Catalog ("Programs of Study"), located on the NCC homepage.
4. How do I know what classes I need for a specific degree?
Degree requirements for each curriculum can be found in the online College Catalog (under "Programs of Study"), located on the NCC homepage. 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).
5. How can I get an advisor?
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.
6. If I want to be a full-time student, how many courses will I need to take?
To be a full-time student, you need to be enrolled for a minimum of twelve credits (or the equivalent number of hours) a semester. For most students, that means taking at least four courses.
7. What is meant by a credit?
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.
8. What are remedial courses?
Remedial courses are classes designed to help students improve their skills in specific academic areas. Nassau offers remedial courses in English (ENG 001), Reading (RDG 001, 002, and 003), and Mathematics (MAT 001, 002, and 003). Other remedial courses include BEP 090, 091, 092, and 093. Remedial courses don't carry college credit, but they do count toward full-time attendance. Students are placed into remedial courses based on their placement tests, which assess skills in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematics.
9. If I have to take a remedial course, when should I take it?
The best time to take remedial classes is before you begin credit classes. Nassau offers remedial 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.
10. What is the maximum number of credits I can take at one time?
New students are limited to sixteen credits (or their equivalent) in their first semester of study. Continuing students can ordinarily take up to seventeen credits (or their equivalent) in a semester.
11. How many credits do I need to graduate?
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.
12. What average do I need to graduate?
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.
13. If I'm planning to study for a bachelor's degree at a four-year college, does it matter if I transfer before graduating from Nassau?
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.
14. How long does a semester last?
A semester runs approximately fifteen weeks. At Nassau, the fall semester begins in early September and runs 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.
15. How often do classes meet?
Most classes meet twice a week for 2 1/2 hours (1 1/4 hours per session). However, there are exceptions. Most lab sciences, for example, meet three times--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.
16. What is NCC 101?
NCC 101 is a college success seminar. Its primary goal is to help students make a good start in college. 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 516.572.8030.
17. When do classes at Nassau meet?
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.
18. Is it possible to take both day and evening classes in the same semester?
19. How will I know where classes meet?
Your class schedule, which you can locate and download from the MyNCC Banner system, will list the days, times, and locations of your classes.
20. What is MyNCC Banner?
MyNCC Banner is the College's online student information and registration system. It allows students to view their academic and financial records, register for classes, and make changes in their schedule.
21. Does Nassau offer any online classes?
More than twenty academic departments offer online courses. Some classes are entirely online, while others combine online sessions with traditional class meetings. Nassau's Distance Education program (516.572.7883) also includes classes using radio and television programming.
22. Does Nassau offer any internships?
Internships--credit-bearing work opportunities--are available through a number of academic departments, including Accounting/Business Administration; Art; Communications; Criminal Justice; English; Hospitality Business; Marketing/Retailing/Fashion; and Psychology. The Job Placement Office (516.572.7132) also has information about local businesses and agencies that offer internships.
23. Does Nassau offer any service learning opportunities?
Yes. Several courses at NCC contain service learning components. In addition, the Center for Service Learning (516.572.9775), located in the Tower, Plaza 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.
24. Does Nassau offer any international study opportunities?
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.
25. Does Nassau have an attendance policy?
It is expected that students will attend all class meetings. However, many faculty have their own attendance policies, which they announce at the beginning of the semester.
26. If I am planning to drive to campus, do I need a sticker for my car?
You need to register any vehicle (car, SUV, motorcycle, etc.) that you plan to drive to campus. Information about vehicle registration can be found on the College's homepage under "Vehicle Registration."
27. Does registering my car guarantee me a parking space?
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.
28. Do any buses stop on campus?
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 Center (Tower; 516.572.7501), and the Office of Student Activities (College Center; 516.572.7148).
29. Where can I eat on campus?
There are three food locations on campus. The Top Flight Food Court, located in the College Center, serves breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads, pizza, tacos, and a selection of hot dishes. Two other services, Treat Street (located opposite Cluster B) and Treat Street Too (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.
30. How will I know what books I will need for my classes?
Your professors will let you know what books are required, usually at the first or second class meeting.
31. Where can I buy books?
You can buy books, as well as other school supplies, in the campus bookstore. The bookstore carries new and (in some cases) used copies of all texts.
32. How much do textbooks cost?
Though prices of texts vary, books are, in general, expensive. If you are a full-time student, you can probably expect to pay about $250-$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.
33. What services and resources does Nassau offer for new students?
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 (516.572.9885), 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.
34. What is the First-Year Experience (FYE) program?
The First-Year Experience program (516.572.7376) is a series of activities aimed at helping new students adjust to college, do well in their classes, and take part on 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?"--www.whatsupncc.blogspot.com) 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.
35. Where can I go to find out about financial aid?
The College's Financial Aid Office (516.572.7396) is located in the Tower Building, third floor. The professional staff can provide information about various forms of financial aid, as well as assistance in completing applications.
36. Does Nassau have any campus jobs for students?
Yes. Many campus offices and departments hire students. If you are interested in working on campus, contact the College's Job Placement 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).
37. What tutoring services does Nassau provide?
There are a large number of academic help centers on campus. These include a writing center, a math center, 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. Information about the College's help centers can be found on the College's homepage (ncc.edu).
38. Does Nassau have any computers for student use?
Yes. Computers are available in the Library, the College Center, Building G, and other locations on campus.
39. If I have a question or problem, can I speak with a counselor?
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. For more information about counseling services, visit "Campus Services" on the College's homepage (ncc.edu). You can also call the Department of Student Personnel Services (516.572.7506), located in Nassau Hall.
40. What services does Nassau offer for students with disabilities?
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.
41. What services does Nassau provide for adult students?
The Adult Resource Center (516.572.7103), located in Nassau Hall, has been established to help the College's mature student (25 years old and over) population. The Center's services include advisement and a special orientation for adult students who are beginning college.
42. What services does Nassau provide for military veterans?
The Center for Veterans Affairs (516.572.9755), located in the Tower, Plaza Level, helps military veterans obtain information about educational benefits and related services. The College also sponsors a Veterans' Club (516.572.7148) that provides opportunities for veterans to meet, socialize, and learn more about campus resources.
43. What services does Nassau provide for international students?
The Office of International Student Affairs (516.572.7053), located in the Life Sciences Building, Rms. 141-146, 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. Another NCC program, LINCC (Language Immersion at NCC; 516.572.0165), provides basic and intermediate levels of English instruction.
44. Does Nassau have child-care services?
Yes. The Children's Greenhouse (516.572.7614) offers quality low-cost day care to children of students and faculty. Fees for the Greenhouse's services are based on a sliding scale.
45. What if I am undecided about my area of study?
The Academic Advisement Center (516.572.7436), located in the College Union, 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.
46. Does Nassau offer any scholarships?
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 (ncc.edu/scholarships) as well as in the student newspaper, the Vignette. You can also find information about scholarships on campus bulletin boards.
47. Does Nassau have any student clubs?
There are more than seventy 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).
48. If I want to join a club, how can I find out what is available?
The easiest way to learn about clubs is to attend the Activities Fair, which is held at the beginning of every semester. Representatives of most clubs are 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.
49. Does Nassau have any athletic teams?
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), 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 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (516.572.7519) and the Intramurals Office (516.572.7683). In addition, students can play a variety of games (pool, ping-pong, chess, and others) in the Lounge, located in the College Union.
50. Besides clubs and athletics, are there any other campus activities?
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 Firehouse Art Gallery (516.572.0619), 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. 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 (516.572.7153) features guest lectures by well-known authors, artists, political figures, social activists, scientists, athletes, and business leaders. Most cultural events are free.
51. Once I have registered, is it possible to make changes in my schedule?
Yes. You can make changes prior to the start of the semester as well as during the drop/add period during the first week of classes.
52. Suppose I have questions between now and the first day of classes?
If you have questions about classes, financial aid, new student orientation, or other matters, check the College's homepage (ncc.edu), visit NCC’s Facebook page (accessible through the NCC homepage, or call the following numbers:
Academic Advisement 516.572.7436
Adult Resource Center 516.572.7103
Banner Help Desk 516.572.9980
Center for Educational/Retention Counseling 516.572.7141
Center for Students with Disabilities 516.572.7241
Children’s Greenhouse (Daycare) 516.572.7614
Financial Aid 516.572.7396
First Year Experience 516.572.7376
Health Services 516.7123
Information Center 516.572.7501
International Education/Student Affairs 516.572.7053
Learning Communities 516.572.9885
NCC 101 (College Success Seminar) 516.572.8030
New Student Orientation 516.572.7148
Office of Student Activities 516.572.7148
Placement Testing 516.572.7780
Public Safety 516.572.7100
Student Personnel Service 516.572.7506
Veterans Affairs 516.572.9755