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Dutchess Community College Overview

Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Dutchess Community College is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Poughkeepsie makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Dutchess Community College Known For?

1,033 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at DCC is the associate's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 28% of the faculty were full-time.

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Dutchess Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

DCC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#297 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at DCC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Human Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Human Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Human Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Dutchess Community College?

Location of Dutchess Community College

Contact details for DCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595
Phone: 845-431-8000

How Do I Get Into DCC?

You can apply to DCC online at:

Since Dutchess Community College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Dutchess Community College?

30% Take Out Loans
14.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At DCC, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $4,672 a year. That adds up to $18,688 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DCC is 14.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Dutchess Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,514 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,691 undergraduate students at DCC, with 3,514 being full-time and 5,177 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  DCC

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,514 full-time undergraduates at DCC, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  DCC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dutchess Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of DCC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 90
Black or African American 475
Hispanic or Latino 784
White 1,861
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 274

Over 27 countries are represented at DCC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Dutchess Community College

114 Took All Classes Online
570 Took At Least One Class Online
62.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 570 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at DCC has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of DCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dutchess Community College was 62.4%. This is the #436 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DCC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dutchess Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 405 0 405
Business Administration & Management 170 0 170
Human Services 76 0 76
Criminal Justice & Corrections 65 0 65
Communication & Media Studies 42 0 42
General Visual & Performing Arts 35 0 35
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 10 22 32
Nursing 29 0 29
Legal Support Services 19 7 26
General Engineering 20 0 20
Accounting 8 6 14
Health & Physical Education 14 0 14
Architectural Engineering Technology 13 0 13
Computer Information Systems 11 0 11
Fire Protection 11 0 11
Air Transportation 11 0 11
Information Science 10 0 10
Information Technology 10 0 10
Human Development & Family Studies 9 1 10
Electronics Engineering Technology 8 0 8
Fine & Studio Arts 8 0 8
Mental & Social Health Services 2 4 6
Allied Health Professions 2 0 2
Music 0 2 2
Computer Systems Networking 0 1 1
Building Management & Inspection 1 0 1
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 1 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0
Other Construction 0 0 0
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0
TOTAL 989 44 1,033


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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