RCC and Dominican College Team Up to Help Students Earn Bachelor’s Degree

Newly Signed Dual Admission Agreement Will Benefit Local Students

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien and Dr. Michael A. Baston

(Rockland County, NY) July 13, 2021 — Rockland Community College (RCC) in Suffern, NY, and Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY, have signed a Dual Admission Agreement to encourage students to earn a bachelor’s degree. The agreement guarantees that RCC students who successfully complete their associate degree will be admitted to Dominican College.

“This agreement helps to support and encourage RCC students who would like to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President of Dominican College (pictured top-left). “We are committed to providing financial assistance and academic advisement to ensure that the RCC students have a smooth transfer to Dominican College. Ultimately, Rockland County and the surrounding areas will benefit with a more educated workforce.”

“Our partnership with Dominican College is another example of how we are working with regional institutions to ensure that our graduates can stay local and go far with an affordable, high quality educational experience that will provide them with a strong foundation for the career of their choosing,” said Dr. Michael A. Baston, president, Rockland Community College (pictured top-right). “This agreement with Dominican College provides our students the ability to easily transfer to a prestigious four-year institution and take the next step in their career journey,” states Dr. Baston.

The agreement provides that:

  • RCC students who successfully earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), will be guaranteed acceptance to Dominican College. The students are not, however, guaranteed acceptance to a particular program of study.
  • RCC graduates will qualify for a Dominican-RCC Transfer Student Scholarship of $3,000 to $12,500 for full-time study in any classroom-based undergraduate program. The award is renewable annually, provided students meet the terms of the scholarship.
  • The colleges will provide joint advisement to students to ensure that students are able to transfer from RCC to Dominican College without academic disruption.
  • Incoming freshman students who were not accepted for admission to Dominican College can “reverse transfer” to RCC, complete their associate degree at RCC, and then transfer to Dominican College.

The Dual Admission Agreement takes effect immediately. Interested students who sign an RCC-Dominican College Intent to Enroll Form will have dual admission to both colleges and receive advisement from counselors at both schools.

Both Dominican and RCC are HSIs, Hispanic Serving Institutions, committed to Hispanic success in education and improving access to quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meeting the needs of business, industry, and government through the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise.

For more information, contact RCC’s Admissions Office at 845-574-4224 or [email protected] or Dominican College’s Admissions Office at 866-432-4636 [email protected].

About Dominican College:
Dominican College offers a supportive, nurturing, small college experience in a safe, beautiful community, less than 30 minutes outside of New York City. The liberal arts institution was founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt in the Catholic tradition. More than 30 programs are offered on the undergraduate and master’s level. In addition, the College has doctoral programs in nursing practice and physical therapy. The student body is richly diverse and is composed of students who commute or reside on campus. Dominican College students have access to outstanding internships, clinical opportunities, and the New York City job market. A member of the NCAA Division II, the Athletic Department sponsors 17 varsity sports teams. The College also provides many service opportunities for students who want to get involved and make a difference. For more information, visit: www.dc.edu

About Rockland Community College:
Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Thanks to the school’s affordable tuition, students who begin their career journey at RCC and then transfer to a four-year college can save up to $100,000 on their education. RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through its Career Skills Academy. More information can be found at sunyrockland.edu.

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