Genesee Community College

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High-Tech Online Vocational Education at GCC

Genesee Community College appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Associate’s in General Studies Online.

Ranked New York’s 18th best on Niche, Genesee Community College utilizes Blackboard to deliver 38 associate degrees and 13 certificates at least 50 percent online in accelerated, eight- or 12-week formats with 24/7 access for flexible learning at a 18:1 student-faculty ratio.

For example, the Medical Administrative Assistant AAS builds a 64-credit, four-term sequence of online courses like Introduction to Health Insurance toward CMAA certification for median pay of $33,580. The 64-credit Tourism & Hospital Management AAS lets online students engage in Travel Club, get AAA Apollo Training, and join the Walt Disney World College Program. The Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies AS blends 62 online credits like Drug Addiction with two field placements, such as East House or John Norris Center, for New York CASAC certification. Chaired by Prof. Karen Wicka, the Criminal Justice AS builds a 64-credit SUNY transfer track from Albany to Buffalo with specializations in Corrections, Forensics, Homeland Security, Policing, or Emergency Management.

Other online options include the Teaching Assistant AAS, General Studies AS, Digital Art AAS, Computer Information Systems AAS, Fashion Business AAS, and Supply Chain Management AAS.

About Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College originated on September 27, 1967, when the Batavia Jaycees Board of Supervisors welcomed an inaugural class of 621 under Dr. Alfred O’Connell. It was immediately added to the State University of New York (SUNY) system for public education. In 1972, it expanded by building its 240-acre permanent campus in Batavia between Rochester and Buffalo. That Fall, GCC received full regional accreditation.

In 1985, it formed the Genesee Community College Foundation for fundraising. By 2000, GCC started online courses from its 42,000-square-foot Conable Technology Building. In 2006, Genesee Community College opened its sixth extension in Medina near Oak Orchard Creek. At the Empire State Convention, GCC received two 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

Budgeting $40.15 million, Genesee Community College now employs 601 teaching 5,530 Cougars from 29 nations in 82 smart classrooms and online with 55+ clubs like Business Forum. On WalletHub, GCC boasts America’s 79th best value and 254 top career outcomes. CNN Money also ranked Genesee among the top 100 community colleges by graduation rate.

Genesee Community College Accreditation Details

On June 22, 2017, Genesee Community College was commended by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) for participation in the Collaborative Implementation Project and reaffirmed for Level I accreditation through 2025 under its fourth president, Dr. James A. Sunser, who earned a NYS Community College Faculty Council Award. Located 350 miles down Interstate 476 in Philly, this elite eight-territory Atlantic Seaboard accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and New York Board of Regents to keep reviewing GCC’s 65 degrees at seven locations. The Administration also lists the following associate degree accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Genesee Community College Application Requirements

Getting into Genesee Community College is classified “non-competitive” by Peterson’s because 100 percent of the 2,885 Fall 2017 applicants were selected for open enrollment. First-year Cougars must still pass the Readiness Assessment given by the Online Learning Office though. Freshmen must verify a high school diploma or GED completion score above 2250. No grade minimums are listed, though 2.0 GPAs are generally preferred. Placement test waivers are available based on prior grades. For example, 85 or better Regents English grades waive the Accuplacer. Similar marks would be 450 SAT English and 19 ACT Reading. Passing Compass scores are 81 Reading and 79 Math. Skipping remedial Math courses necessitates an 18 ACT or 400 SAT score. International students must exceed a 460 TOEFL pBT, 5.5 IELTS, or 48 TOEFL iBT mark. Previous credit-bearing college courses can transfer with a minimum 1.67 GPA.

Genesee Community College has easy rolling admission year-round without published deadlines. Simply apply at least two weeks before the flexible online start dates. Prospective students utilize the SUNY GCC Portal to complete the $0 application online. Official transcripts are sent digitally through World Education Services or to One College Board in Batavia, NY 14020. For test results, select College Board code 2272. Non-U.S. residents must attach the International Supplemental Admissions Application. Other enrollment checklist items include the financial aid form, adequate immunization record, certificate of residence, and tuition installment plan agreement. Find more by contacting (585) 345-6969 or

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Genesee Community College charged New York State residents $2,075 per term full-time. Non-resident associate tuition was $2,375 with a Certificate of Residence. Without it, semester costs rose to $4,150. Students paid a $170 college fee, $50 technology fee, and $25 academic support fee. Studying part-time incurred $170 to $340 per credit taken. Online courses required a $10 per credit fee. Online students saved considerably without the $6,400 room and $2,320 board rates for College Village. GCC budgeted $1,275 for textbooks and $1,115 for personal supplies though. Annual online attendance equaled about $7,030 in-state, $7,630 with a certificate, and $11,180 out-of-state without a certificate. Note international students must show minimum sponsorship of $16,900 to enroll.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Success Center connects 96 percent of new SUNY GCC Cougars with financial aid averaging $5,461 for $4.21 million combined. Institutional funds include the Ada Hyde Memorial Scholarship, Albert Brightenfield Scholarship, Batavia Lions Club Scholarship, Benjamin Franklin Scholarship, Colonel James Fraser Health Career Scholarship, Dan Winegar Memorial Scholarship, Fish Family Scholarship, Jerry Reinhart Scholarship, Lapp Insulator Scholarship, M.P. Lyon Scholarship, Odd Fellows Community Scholarship, Ramon & Patricia Chaya Scholarship, and Roz Steiner Scholarship. The President’s Scholarship gifts at least $1,000 to in-district undergrads taking 12+ credits with minimum 3.0 GPAs. The $1,000 College Village Citizenship Scholarship has a March 1st deadline for non-traditional adults. The Educational Opportunity Program is capped at 100 first-time students making under $22,311 annually. New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) forms should be completed with code 2252. State offerings like the Excelsior Scholarship, Military Enhanced Recognition Scholarship, and NYS Aid to Native Americans help. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Direct Loan, also require FAFSA applications coded 006782.

Keep learning about Genesee Community College at the Online Learning Office website.

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