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About Jefferson

Strong academics at an accredited institution, personalized support, high graduation and job placement rates, and competitive tuition make Jefferson a college of choice and extremely valuable.

Looking for an affordable path to a bachelor’s degree? Choose a two-year transfer program. Eager to earn experience and credentials for a career? Discover options in everything from nursing to tourism to zoo technology.

Jefferson has deep roots in the Watertown, New York area, but today draws students from across the state and around the world. It’s one of 64 campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Jefferson serves soldiers and families at nearby Fort Drum, offers early college credit for high school students, and teams up with other institutions to provide on-site bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Full-time students can live in a modern residence hall, while athletic, cultural, and student-driven events make for a lively campus that rivals bigger schools. Visit and see Jefferson for yourself.


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A.A., A.S. and A.A.S. degree programs and certificates



  • Two-year degree programs designed for transfer or career
  • Certificate, training, and single-course options to advance your career or for lifelong learning
  • On-campus bachelor’s and graduate degrees offered by partner institutions

Community and campus

  • Located in Watertown, New York in the beautiful Thousand Islands region
  • 90-acre campus on the Black River
  • 10 minutes from the Fort Drum Army installation

Student profile

  • 53 percent full time, 47 percent part time
  • 60 percent women, 40 percent men
  • 28 percent over age 24
  • 42 percent military or military-related



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“Jefferson offers so much equivalent to a four-year college, and the professors really care.”Cara, marketing and business administration major
Theresa, New York



SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence have been received by Jefferson faculty and staff


SUNY Distinguished Professorships have been awarded to Jefferson faculty


Jefferson is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (phone: 267-284-5011).

Jefferson’s Nursing A.A.S. program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (phone: 404-975-5000).

Jefferson’s EDGE concurrent enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), a national organization with an established set of programmatic standards indicative of quality concurrent enrollment programs.

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