North Country Community College

College Degree Finder

School Overview

North Country Community College (NCCC), locally referred to as the North Country College of Essex & Franklin, is a 2-year community college located in the city of Saranac, in Upstate New York. It was founded in 1967, has a total annual enrollment of approximately 2,400 students and employs over 140 full-time faculty and roughly 300 part-time faculty and instructors. NCCC is unique among New York’s higher education institutions in that it is the only one that is located within the Adirondack Park, the largest national park in the contiguous United States (and also one of the most beautiful). In addition to its Saranac campus, NCCC has branch campuses in the cities of Ticoderoga and Malone.

NCCC is a highly ranked community college. In 2012, the college was ranked No.22 on the Washington Monthly‘s list of Best Community Colleges. It was recently ranked the best community college in New York and is one of the fastest growing 2-year community colleges in the nation. Industry publications including Community College Week and Military Times have also ranked NCCC among the top community colleges in the United States.


North Country Community College offers career-focused certificates, diplomas and two-year associate degrees in various disciplines and academic fields including business, technology, liberal arts, the sciences, allied health professions and vocational trades. The most popular fields of study at NCCC include nursing, business, radiologic technology, sports management, events management, massage therapy, recreation leadership and liberal arts. The college offers associate degrees designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs and 2+2 transfer degrees designed to prepare students to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.

General Information

Admission Office

23 Santanoni Avenue

PO Box 89

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

(518) 891-2915

(888) 879-6222

Fax: (518) 891-0898

Contact: Edwin Trathen

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
Main Address

23 Santanoni Avenue, PO Box 89

Saranac Lake, NY 12983-0089

(518) 891-2915

Total undergrads: 1,968

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,031


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for nursing, radiologic technology, and massage therapy. SAT or ACT and placement tests recommended for competitive programs.

College Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A
Office Clerical Services A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Graphics A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General A,C
Massage Therapy A
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nursing (RN) A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

North Country Community College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (518) 891-2915
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 23 Santanoni Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-0089
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,893
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,552 (82% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,258
Out-of-state Tuition: $13,154
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 59%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,971

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

North Country Community College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at North Country Community College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 27
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 727

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at North Country Community College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,258
Out-of-state $13,154
Books and supplies $1,700

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 135 59%
Grant or scholarship aid 120 52% $5,971
Student loan aid 72 31% $5,648

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 555 28% $5,475
Federal student loans 393 20% $6,716

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for North Country Community College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled North Country Community College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

North Country Community College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,893
Undergraduate enrollment 1,893
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

North Country Community College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
    • RN Associate Degree Programs
    • Licensed Practical Nursing Programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

If you work for a school and would like to update your data please contact us.

Enjoy this post? Don't forget to share.