Mission & History


Nassau Community College, a constituent member of the State University of New York system, is a comprehensive, full-opportunity public institution of higher education. All who can benefit from its resources have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills and to pursue the goal of lifelong learning. The College is dedicated to high quality, affordable education and career preparation to meet the needs and interests of the community it serves. It is committed to academic excellence and the dignity and worth of the individual. To this end, Nassau Community College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate of Occupational Studies, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificate and continuing education programs. Its curricula spans the liberal arts and sciences, as well as pre-professional and professional areas, for the benefit of a diverse population.

The College places a high priority on small classes, taught by qualified, experienced faculty, to provide an optimal educational environment.

Mission Statement

Nassau Community College offers students high-quality, flexible, and equitable educational opportunities, combined with co-curricular learning experiences, continuing education, and professional development opportunities.  

Distinguished faculty & dedicated staff provide students with a solid foundation for future success and prepare them to enrich our community, economy, and society.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do for all whom we serve.

Goal 1: Equitable Student Opportunities (SUNY Access and Engagement)


  • To maintain an open admissions policy that ensures the availability of educational programs for traditional, non-traditional, and international students. (SUNY Access)
  • To provide developmental programs that upgrade student skills for successful in college-level courses (SUNY Access)
  • To create educational programs that respond to and satisfy diverse community needs. (SUNY Access and Engagement)
  • To create a multi-cultural environment that fosters the synthesis of knowledge, aesthetic appreciation, and commitment to ethical and social values (SUNY Access)

Goal 2: Academic Excellence and Student Support (SUNY Access, Inquiry, Success and Completion)


  • To encourage faculty development with programs that promote scholarship and creativity, and to encourage the adoption of innovative teaching methods and technology to enhance student learning. (SUNY Access and Inquiry)
  • To provide the support services and guidance necessary for students to realize their full potential. (SUNY Access, Success, and Completion)
  • To provide a physical environment and a technological infrastructure conducive to effective teaching, learning, and working. (SUNY Access, Success and Completion)
  • To provide administrative leadership that assures educational quality, furnishes adequate student support services, maintains effective budgeting and facilities management, and stimulates thoughtful planning for the future of the College. (SUNY Access, Success, and Completion)

Goal 3: Student Persistence and Post-Completion Success (SUNY Completion and Inquiry)


  • To provide an education that fosters critical, analytical thinking and inspires lifelong learning (SUNY Completion and Inquiry).
  • To support and strengthen academic and co-curricular programs that prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university (SUNY Completion).
  • To offer career focused programs, certificates, courses, and credentials that prepare students for regional as well as global employment opportunities. (SUNY Completion)

Goal 4: High School, Community, Business, and Industry Partnerships (SUNY Engagement)


  • To offer activities and cultural programs that enrich student and community life. (SUNY Engagement)
  • To enhance the economic and cultural vitality of the County by promoting an educational environment that responds to the changing needs of the community. (SUNY Engagement)
  • To cultivate high school, community, business, industry, and other partnerships that benefit our students, college, and community. (SUNY Engagement)

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