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Onondaga Community College Overview

Onondaga Community College is a public institution located in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Onondaga Community College Known For?

1,077 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at OCC is the associate's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 29% of the faculty were full-time.

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Onondaga Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#170 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#283 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 OCC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Manufacturing Engineering Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Mental & Social Health Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Human Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Hospitality Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Music Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Onondaga Community College?

Location of Onondaga Community College

Contact details for OCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215-4585
Phone: 315-498-2622

How Do I Get Into OCC?

You can apply to OCC online at:

Since Onondaga 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 Onondaga Community College?

46% Take Out Loans
17.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At OCC, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $4,479 a year. That adds up to $17,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at OCC is 17.5%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Onondaga Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,236 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,449 undergraduate students at OCC, with 4,236 being full-time and 5,213 being part-time.

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

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,236 full-time undergraduates at OCC, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  OCC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of OCC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 162
Black or African American 773
Hispanic or Latino 400
White 2,415
International Students 48
Other Races/Ethnicities 438

Over 25 countries are represented at OCC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Onondaga Community College

491 Took All Classes Online
1,766 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,766 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 21st most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of OCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Onondaga Community College was -6.6%. This is the #2,520 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at OCC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of OCC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Environmental Control Technology 25%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at OCC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at OCC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Natural Resources Conservation #34
Natural Resources & Conservation #49

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%.

Onondaga 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 362 0 362
Business Administration & Management 96 0 96
Criminal Justice & Corrections 73 1 74
Nursing 70 0 70
Human Services 63 0 63
Design & Applied Arts 41 0 41
Communication & Media Studies 32 0 32
Human Development & Family Studies 27 3 30
Journalism 27 0 27
Fire Protection 24 0 24
Computer Information Systems 22 0 22
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 21 0 21
Information Science 20 0 20
Health & Medical Administrative Services 20 0 20
Hospitality Management 18 0 18
Mental & Social Health Services 17 0 17
Music 17 0 17
Electronics Engineering Technology 15 0 15
Architectural Engineering Technology 14 0 14
Mechanical Engineering Technology 14 0 14
General Engineering 13 0 13
American Sign Language 12 0 12
Health & Physical Education 12 0 12
Audiovisual Communications 11 0 11
Allied Health Professions 0 9 9
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 6 0 6
Environmental Control Technology 4 0 4
Nuclear Engineering Technology 4 0 4
Precision Metal Working 0 3 3
Homeland Security 3 0 3
Accounting 2 0 2
Culinary Arts 0 1 1
Interior Architecture 0 0 0
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0
Data Processing 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 0 0
Other Construction 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,060 17 1,077


*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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