Admission Requirements

Jefferson Community College is a member of the State University of New York and is officially designated a full opportunity college. Jefferson Community College is committed to Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination; an applicant’s admission to Jefferson is determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction or any other basis prohibited by Federal and state law.  

Jefferson Community College is sponsored by Jefferson County and residents of the county are given first preference for admissions, however the College accepts and encourages applications from other counties as well as other states.

General Admission Requirements

Admission to a program of study will be determined by individual academic preparation. Applicants must be a graduate of a recognized, accredited high school, have earned a GED or TASC (the new national high school equivalency exam) or meet the academic standards on the approved college test.  Diplomas such as IEP and annotated are not valid documents unless the school certifies the student has met all requirements including successful completion of the New York State Regents competency tests. High school diplomas through correspondence for New York State residents are not recognized diplomas in New York State. The College reserves the right to determine full or part-time study, admissibility to certain programs and matriculated status.

Applicants Without a Recognized High School Diploma

Applicants who are beyond the age of compulsory education, and have not completed high school graduation, may be admitted to a degree program based on individual academic preparation, approved college test scores, and recommendations. Students who are admitted but do not have a recognized high school diploma must complete a 24- credit hour access program required for the equivalency diploma. The equivalency diploma may be earned by completing the high school equivalency exam or through earned college credit. Federal Financial aid is not available until the high school equivalency is completed.

APPLICANTS WHO ARE BELOW THE AGE OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION, will be eligible for consideration for admission to a degree program if the applicant can provide a letter  from the superintendent of the school district, in which the student resides, attesting to the students completion of a high school program or a program of home instruction that is the substantial equivalent of a four year high school course of instruction meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Correspondence High School Diplomas

New York State department has not registered a high school program of correspondence study to meet the New York State requirements for secondary education. Therefore, at present, a resident of New York State may not use a program of correspondence study to meet the requirement for a secondary education in New York State. Applicants who have graduated from a non-traditional high school outside of New York State, such as a correspondence school, must provide proof that the education department of the state from which the diploma was issued recognizes the diploma as meeting high school graduation requirements.

Applicants who have completed a Home Schooled Education

Applicants who have completed a home schooled education must provide a high school transcript, and a letter from the school superintendent in the district in which the student resides, attesting to the applicant’s approved home school education. Home schooled applicants from other states must provide verification that the home school is recognized, authorized, or approved by the state education department where the education was attained. The applicant must be academically prepared for college coursework as determined by an approved college test.

Early Admission

The Early Admission program allows motivated high school students an opportunity to enroll in college level courses and earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. College level courses may be taken for personal enrichment or to meet graduation requirements. Enrollment will be determined by academic preparation, the recommendation of the high school counselor, and approval from parents or guardian. Students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid while still enrolled in high school.


Students who previously attended Jefferson Community College as a matriculated student, and are in good standing, are eligible to register without reapplying. If it has been 5 or more years since attending JCC, it is necessary to re-apply for admissions in order to update information in student records.

Readmission after Dismissal - Students who have been academically dismissed and have not attended as a matriculated student for at least one semester may request readmission through the Admissions Office. The application will be reviewed to determine if the student has addressed the issues relating to previous failure. Students are encouraged to try again to complete their college program once adjustments are made. Readmission to the college does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid. Please contact the Financial Services Office at 315-786-2355 to determine federal and state aid eligibility.

Admission for a Second Associate Degree - Students who have completed an associate degree at Jefferson and are seeking a second degree from JCC must apply through the Admissions Office. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be required in order to complete the second degree. 

Felony Conviction / Disciplinary Dismissal

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or dismissed from a college due to disciplinary reasons must complete a supplemental application and participate in a review process. The college complies with the State University of New York Admissions Policy for Ex-Offenders.

International Applicants

Applicants who are not citizens of the USA or permanent residents may apply to study at the College under an F-1 non-immigrant student visa. Applicants must complete the supplemental International Student Application; provide academic records and an acceptable TOEFL score or meet the minimum score on an approved college test. Financial documentation and the support of a local sponsor must also be provided. International Students do not qualify for federal or state aid.


Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Room 6-007, Jules Center
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Tel: 315-786-2277 (888-435-6522) (ask for Admissions)
Fax: 315-786-2459
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday