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Dutchess Community College Data & Information Overview

33 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
11% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Dutchess Community College Ranked?

#1,915 Best Colleges in Nation
#120 Best Colleges in NY
General Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Dutchess Community College was awarded 33 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general studies.

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Overall Quality

DCC landed the #1,915 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

DCC also holds the #120 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DCC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Dutchess Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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Dutchess Community College Faculty

21 to 1 Student to Faculty
30% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Dutchess Community College, the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dutchess Community College is 30%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  30 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dutchess Community College

59% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Dutchess Community College this rate is 59%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  59 out of 100

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Dutchess Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,015 Full-Time Undergraduates
44.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,034 undergraduates at DCC with 3,015 being full-time and 5,019 being part-time.

How Much Does Dutchess Community College Cost?

$7,836 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
$20,128 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of DCC is $7,836. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DCC

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DCC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 DCC, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $5,032 a year. That adds up to $20,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DCC is 11.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do DCC Graduates Make?

$39,850 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from DCC make about $39,850 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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Location of Dutchess Community College

New York State
3,015 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Dutchess Community College is a public institution situated in Poughkeepsie, New York. Poughkeepsie is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for DCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address:53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595

Dutchess Community College Majors

27 Majors With Completions
958 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Dutchess Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DCC

41% Take At Least One Class Online
20% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,966 students took at least one online class at Dutchess Community College. This is a decrease from the 4,820 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*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.


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