Admissions Policies

Corning Community College offers support services to help applicants find areas of study best suited to their interests, aptitudes, and abilities. Those who have previously done well in school can expect challenge and growth at CCC. Those who may need assistance developing reading, writing, or mathematics skills, will find support and services are available here to help build the foundation which leads to success in college.

Application Process

Please refer to the Office of Admissions official web page for the current application process. Those who wish to have an interview should contact the Office of Admissions for an appointment. All accepted students will be informed of assessment, advising, and orientation procedures.

Before a student can be considered as an eligible candidate for a degree or certificate, a student must be matriculated. Non-matriculated students may take a full time course load. However, non-matriculated students are strongly recommended to matriculate as programs of study and requirements may change. Admission policies are the same for full and part-time status.

  • Full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  • Part-time (11.5 credit hours or less)

Students may enroll without having definite plans for the future. Academic advisors offer guidance and support, and they can help select appropriate courses for the first semester. Applicants interested in career planning services may contact Advising & Counseling for assistance in the career decision-making process.

Many students take a course or two for their own interest or because other obligations preclude full-time study. Students planning to attend as a non-matriculated student are not required to go through the admission process and can enroll for courses by registering through the Educational Planning Center.

Students who are working toward a degree or who will be applying for financial aid need to complete the application process described on the college’s official web page.

Admission Policy

1. Preliminary Education Requirements

Applicants for matriculation must have a diploma from an accredited high school; equivalency diploma (i.e., GED or EDP); certification of completion of four year high school course as a home schooled student; or an associates or higher degree from a regionally accredited post secondary institution (AOS degrees are not considered for matriculation purposes but students may receive transfer credit if applicable). Admission into certain programs may require additional prerequisites. See program descriptions for details.

2. Correspondence Schools

As of March 2008, we will only accept correspondence school degrees if the student resided in the correspondence school’s state at the time of schooling and the school is registered with the department of education in that state.

Applicants who have completed an out of state correspondence school for their high school requirements may not meet the preliminary education requirement set by the New York State Department of Education.

3. Assessment / Placement Testing

Most entering students will be required to take basic skills assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before registering for courses. The results will determine the courses students will take in these areas.

If students are not academically prepared, the College will work with them to carefully select courses to prepare them for college-level work. This may mean that one or more semesters of developmental courses will be required before they are allowed to register for credit courses.

Students with disabilities can make arrangements for accommodations by contacting the Student Disability Services Office well in advance of taking the assessments.

Entrance examinations such as Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) are not required.

4. Accelerated Senior Year

Applicants who have substantially met high school graduation requirements at the end of their junior year may be considered for full-time study during their traditional 12th grade academic year only when the Director of Admissions judges the student to be academically prepared and capable of success. Decisions will be based on the following criteria:

a. An academic background that includes three years of English, social studies, mathematics, and science at the Regents level. Candidates should have an 85 average or higher in these academic disciplines. Other appropriate courses may be included when calculating the academic average.

b. A written recommendation from the high school principal or counselor which includes (1) a statement endorsing study at CCC, and (2) high school acceptance of CCC credits to meet graduation requirements.

c. A written recommendation from parent or guardian.

d. A written letter from the student addressing his/her academic goals and reason for attending.

e. Completed Accelerated Senior Year Form

f. A meeting with a Recruiter

It is imperative that applicants considering early admission are academically prepared to take college-level courses.

High school students who enroll at CCC while completing requirements for their high school diploma are not eligible for any federal or state financial aid, including federal student loans.

5. Home Schooled Applicants

We recommend that all home schooled applicants meet with an admissions representative to discuss the process and answer questions

a. Home schooled applicants seeking admission to the college must submit certification of an equivalent of a four year high school course of study. Applicants home schooled in New York State (who do not have an equivalent diploma) are required to submit CCC’s Superintendent Form for Home Schooled Applicants. This form must completed by the superintendent of the school district in which the student resided. The form must be include the superintendent signature and school district seal to be valid.

b. Applicants completing their home school requirements outside of NYS, must provide a letter or other documentation from officials in the school district of their residence certifying the completion of a program of home instruction meeting the requirements of the state of residence for the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma

c. Applicants who are under the compulsory age of attendance will be eligible for consideration for admission only if they can provide verification of an equivalent of a four year high school course of study.

d. Home schooled applicants beyond compulsory school age (completion of the school year in which the student turned 16, or older if required by the school district of residence) who cannot obtain certification of completion will not be eligible for financial aid or for matriculation. However, applicants may choose the following alternate paths towards matriculation:

  1. Take courses that satisfy the New York State option for college coursework (see section 8); or
  2. Earn a General Equivalency Diploma.

Once one of the above is completed, applicants would be considered for admission. (Applicants must notify the Office of Admissions for consideration).

6. Readmission

Matriculated students who have withdrawn from the College, have not been in attendance for two semesters exclusive of the summer and winter terms, have graduated from CCC, or have been academically separated must apply for readmission to return as full-time students and will be considered for readmission under the current catalog requirements. Transcripts submitted prior to the Fall of 2002 may need to be resubmitted. Please inquire with the Office of Admissions if you have questions as to the need for submission of transcripts.

7. International Applicants

International applicants must follow the application process as outlined for full-time matriculated students. In addition, they must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and satisfactory evidence that they have sufficient funding to finance both living and college expenses. Applicants with coursework taken at foreign institutions must provide the Office of Admissions with an official evaluation from an approved educational evaluation service. Contact the Office of Admissions to find out which evaluators are approved. See details of the international admissions process and deadlines on the college’s official web page.

8. Applicants who do not meet the preliminary education requirements

Although applicants without a high school diploma or its equivalent may not matriculate, an individual may take courses without federal financial aid or student loans. Individuals can satisfy New York State’s requirements for an equivalency diploma by completing 24 hours of college credits. The 24 credits must be in these subject areas: English–6 credits, math–3 credits, natural sciences–3 credits, social sciences–3 credits, humanities–3 credits, and credit hours in any other courses within the degree requirements–6 credits. New York State determines which 24 credit hours are used for the equivalency diploma. For more information on how college courses can be used to earn a equivalency diploma:

9. Taking Courses Without Matriculating

Individuals who wish to take courses without matriculating are not required to go through the admissions process.

10. Additional Information

Health form. Each student must complete a self-reporting health questionnaire and submit it to the Health Office. Students may be accepted and register prior to receiving immunization records. However, immunization requirements must be met or a hold will be placed on the student’s record.

All applicants born January 1, 1957 or after and taking 6 or more hours must have up-to-date vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella in order to be registered for classes. Health forms are available on the Health Office web page. New health forms will be required of applicants who have not attended during the prior year.

Applicants in the Nursing Program or the Athletic Program must request a special health form that requires a complete physical by their Health Care Provider. Persons with physical limitations must have statements from their doctors and must contact the Health Office if excused from physical education activities.