Jun 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Official General Catalog 
2020-2021 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Admissions Information

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Admissions Procedures

The following pages outline the procedures to follow as you prepare to submit your application.  If you have any questions or need help working through the process, please feel free to call Admissions at +1 (607) 778-5001 or email Admissions@sunybroome.edu.  

We look forward to welcoming you to SUNY Broome Community College!

“Matriculated” vs. “Non-Matriculated”

You may attend SUNY Broome Community College as either a matriculated or a non-matriculated student. How do you know which is which?

  • A matriculated student is one who meets all admission requirements, has been formally accepted by the Office of Admissions, and is enrolled in an associate degree or credit certificate program. Matriculated students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
  • A non-matriculated student is one who has not made out a formal application for matriculation or has not been accepted into a credit degree/certificate program but has enrolled in a class or classes. Non-matriculated students may enroll in day or evening courses, on-campus, online, or at off-campus centers. Non-matriculated students are NOT eligible to receive financial aid.

Campus Visit/Pre-admission Counseling

All students are encouraged to visit SUNY Broome Community College.  We welcome the opportunity to meet with interested students and their families to discuss options for attendance. Some students know they would like to attend college but are unsure about what they would like to study. You are invited to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss options most suited to your needs. Interest tests, counseling, and career information are also available via the Center for Career Development. To arrange an appointment with an admissions counselor, please call the Office of Admissions, +1 (607) 778-5001, or join us during Walk-in-Wednesday every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. All our counselors are available during those times to discuss your enrollment and provide you with a campus tour at 4:00 p.m.

The following items are required by the Admissions Office before a decision can be made on a student’s application:

  • Completed application for Admission
  • Official high school transcripts and/or all college transcripts.  
    • Applicants must arrange to have transcripts mailed from the high school or college attended directly to the SUNY Broome Community College Admissions Office.  A bachelor’s degree from another college (BA or BS) or higher is acceptable as proof of high school equivalency
    • Your transcripts can be sent directly to Transcripts@sunybroome.edu or
    • Admissions Office

SUNY Broome Community College
P.O. Box 1017, Binghamton, NY 13902

  • If applicable, General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

Note: All students must have proof of high school graduation by the first day of classes to be considered for New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Students must submit a final high school transcript, GED (TASC) by the start of the semester to be considered for TAP.

Additional items to note concerning the application process:

  • Students who wish to matriculate into a degree seeking program full or part-time must apply through the Admissions Office.
  • The postmark date of an application and the date an application folder is complete are important parts of the admissions process and helps the Enrollment Team implement its first-come, first-served equal opportunity policy.
  • Applicants should recognize that it is their responsibility to complete the necessary forms for admission and to see that all required transcripts and/or other information are received and recognized by the Admissions Office. 
  • Acceptance into SUNY Broome Community College applies only to the semester designated in the acceptance letter. Students who do not attend SUNY Broome Community College in the semester for which they were accepted and who wish to enroll in a future semester must reapply. 

Note: International students and Fast Forward and Early College Programs have separate admissions criteria.

Admissions to Health Science Competitive Programs 

Entry into the following Health Science programs at SUNY Broome Community College is based on a competitive admissions process: Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Histological Technician Certificate, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Technology.

The Competitive Admissions process compares the academic strength of applicants to the academic preparation required for a specific Health Science program. An Admissions Committee assesses each applicant’s academic background in either high school and/or college level math and science courses required for the Health Science program to which they have applied. Meeting the minimum math and science course background does not guarantee admission. Additional consideration will be given to Broome County residents and Veterans with honorable discharge from a military branch.

For entry into the fall semester, the Admissions deadline for application submission is March 1st. First round decision letters will be sent out by the end of March/early April. Applications for selected health science programs will continue to be considered after the March 1st deadline if seats become available.

Students lacking the necessary academic preparation for their chosen program may take preparatory courses through Health Studies or LA Individual Studies SUNY Broome Community College. These prerequisite courses will strengthen their academic background and allow applicants to reapply for a future semester. Advisement is available in Admissions and Academic Advising offices to assist students in selecting appropriate preparatory coursework.

Applicants with An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Diploma or Penn Foster

The New York State Education Department has ruled that both IEP and Penn Foster diplomas are different from a high school diploma in that they do not indicate a successful completion of high school study. Therefore, students who hold an IEP/Penn Foster diploma may not matriculate in a degree seeking program and will be evaluated on the same criteria used for students who lack a high school diploma or GED. 

Placement Assessment

Part-time students may be required to demonstrate basic skills competency for college level work by taking the placement assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless otherwise specified by and Admissions waive, based on specific criteria. The scores from the assessments are evaluated along with high school grades/previously taken credits to enroll students in courses where they will have the best chance to succeed. Contact the Admissions Office +1 (607) 778-5001 or your advisor for testing information.

Early College Program

The Early College program is for high school and homeschool students who benefit from enrolling in college courses on the SUNY Broome Community College’s main campus or online. Early College student scan enroll full or part-time, prior to graduating from their high school or homeschool instruction. This program is typically for seniors and juniors who are at least 16 years of age, and have maintained a high school course average of 80 or higher related to the college course they seek instruction at SUNY Broome Community College. Visit www.sunybroome.edu/earlycollege for the application process and additional information.

Fast Forward Program

The Fast Forward Program is for high school students who can benefit from enrolling in SUNY Broome Community College courses at their participating high school and earn college credit and high school college simultaneously. There is no cost to the student or high school for this program. The college courses are taught in the high school during the school day by college approved high school teachers in collaboration with SUNY Broome Community College academic department chairs and coordinators. Students receive advisement from their school counselor and register for Fast Forward courses in their high school classroom at the beginning of each school year with their high school teacher. General student eligibility for Fast Forward courses are at least an 85 average in the subject area of Fast Forward courses(s) they would like to register. Some Fast Forward courses may have specific requirements. Visit www.sunybroome.edu/ff for additional information.

Applicants Without A High School Diploma

Students who lack a high school or a general equivalency diploma (GED) may apply only for non-matriculation admission if their high school class has already graduated. 

Applicants who are admitted through this method may apply to New York State for an equivalency diploma after completion of 24 hours of college credits in these subject areas:

  • Six (6) credits in English language arts including writing, speaking and reading (literature)
  • Three (3) credits in mathematics
  • Three (3) credits in natural science
  • Three (3) credits in social science
  • Three (3) credits in humanities
  • Six (6) credits or the equivalent in any other courses within the registered degree or certificate program

Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students will be eligible for admission to SUNY Broome Community College if they can provide either:

  • A letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, or 
  • A passing score on the general comprehensive examination for the state high school equivalency diploma (GED) (and the diploma itself when available) or 
  • Students may come under the provision of those who lack a high school diploma or GED


Matriculated students who have withdrawn from the College, have not been in attendance for one semester or longer, or have graduated from SUNY Broome Community College, must apply for readmission to return as a matriculated student. They do not need to resubmit high school records unless they have not attended SUNY Broome Community College for six or more years.

Admission of Ex-Offender

Prior convictions of a felony do not prevent a student from applying or enrolling into a degree seeking program. Additionally, students are not required to disclose this information during the admissions process. Please note that certain programs have clinical or internship requirements that may be affected by previous convictions and therefore can impact degree completion. Students who have questions about this should contact the Admissions Office at +1 (607) 778-5001.

MMR Immunization Regulations

It is the intent of the administration of SUNY Broome Community College to comply and enforce the provisions of Public Health Law Article 21, Title IV, Section 2165-Immunization.

All students registering for 6 or more credits and attending New York State colleges and universities are required to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, prior to attending classes. Individuals born before January 1, 1957, are exempt from this requirement.

Proof of immunity to measles means two doses of measles vaccine on or after one’s first birthday and at least 30 days apart, physician documented history of disease, or serological evidence of immunity. Proof of rubella immunity means one dose of rubella vaccine on or after the first birthday, or serologic evidence of immunity. Proof of mumps immunity means one dose of mumps vaccine on or after one’s first birthday, a physician documented history of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity.

NOTE: If you have graduated from a high school in the United States after June 1980, your diploma or high school transcript is acceptable proof of having had one measles vaccination. YOU STILL MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF THE measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination within the past year of application to the College.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form

New York State Public Health Law #2167 requires that all college and university students enrolled for at least six semester hours be informed of information regarding meningococcal meningitis disease, including the risks of NOT receiving the vaccine. Vaccination is optional. Student MUST return response form prior to being enrolled for classes to the Office of Student Health Services, Science Building, Room 102.

International Students

General Information

SUNY Broome Community College welcomes students from other countries. The College is authorized by the U.S. Justice Department to issue the required Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status (Form I-20) to international students planning to enter the U.S. and attend SUNY Broome Community College on an F-1 Student Visa.

For additional information and for the necessary forms to apply to SUNY Broome Community College as an international student, contact the Admissions Office, +1 (607) 778-5001; FAX +1 (607) 778-5442; e-mail: international@sunybroome.edu or visit our International Admissions Website at www.sunybroome.edu/international-admissions

International Admission Requirements

International student applicants should submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  1. Application Form (online or International Admissions paper version)
  2. International Student Information Form
  3. Educational History Form
  4. Academic Records
    Send official secondary school (high school) and any post-secondary school records (transcripts).  Your academic records should include the grades/marks of all subjects completed and the results of any external examinations.  Your records should also indicate any diplomas, degrees or certificates earned.  If your academic records are not in English, a word-for-word translation should be attached to an official copy of the academic document being translated.
  5. Demonstration of English Language Proficiency
    If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate an acceptable English language proficiency to be considered for admission.  This requirement can be met by (1) submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 32 iBT (97 computer-based), (400 paper-based)  OR  (2) submitting official academic records which show the successful completion of at least four years of English language study at the secondary or higher level.

    A placement test is given upon arrival at the College to determine the appropriate English course level to enroll.  Students who score at our lower or intermediate English proficiency level usually need to enroll in full time, intensive English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) study and continue ESL coursework each semester until an appropriate proficiency is met.  Students who score or progress to an advanced English proficiency level may take regular academic courses in their program of study along with continued ESL study.  Students who submit a TOEFL score of 79 iBT (200 computer-based), (527 paper-based) or better can generally begin the regular academic curriculum in their program of study if they have the appropriate academic background.  The College’s placement test is used in conjunction with the TOEFL score will help determine appropriate course placement.
  6. Financial Documentation (Required for F-1 Student Applicants)
    If you plan to attend SUNY Broome on an F-1 Student Status, you must demonstrate that you have the financial means/support to cover your educational and living expenses while attending the College.  A SUNY Broome Community College Declaration of Financial Support Form should be completed and returned with the appropriate financial documentation requested.
  7. Copy of Biographical Page of Passport (if available)
  8. For F-1 Transfer Student only:
    If you are currently attending a college or university in the United States on an F-1 student status and wish to transfer to SUNY Broome Community College, you will need to obtain a new I-20 issued by our College and fulfill transfer eligibility requirements.  Please send a copy of your current I-20 with your application material.  After your admission to our College, your current International Student Counselor will need to complete a Transfer Eligibility Form.  This form will be sent to you upon acceptance to our College.

Our international Admissions website offers many resources for the Prospective Student including a Checklist for International (F-1) Applicants to assist you with the admissions process including downloadable forms and checklists in a variety of languages.  Please visit the checklist for more information.

Other General Information:

The International Student Services Office, located in the Admissions Office in the Wales Building, Room 102, provides counseling to international students throughout their enrollment at the College. This office conducts an international student orientation prior to the beginning of classes to help international students understand their immigration responsibilities as well as plan their academic curriculum and become accustomed to the American educational system. This office also assists international students in finding housing off-campus. The International Student Counselor is available to counsel and assist international students with academic, career and personal concerns.

International students who are seeking transfer credit to SUNY Broome Community College, earned from an educational institution outside the United States, are required to submit an official evaluation of their educational documents (transcripts) from an approved foreign credential evaluation agency. Information on approved agencies is available from the Admissions Office.

Through special arrangement, the College can accommodate sponsored groups of 10 or more students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirements described above.

Academic Standards for Clinical Education

Academic Standards for Clinical Education in the Health Sciences programs require dismissal of students who fail to meet established academic objectives for the physical safety, psychological safety, and confidentiality of patients.

Students interested in Health Science curricula are advised to see the appropriate department chairperson upon admission to the program. Annual physical examination, including Mantoux and other testing, is required in most curricula.

OSHA standards

Although not required by either SUNY Broome Community College or the State University of New York, students enrolled in health science programs, where clinical experience or on-campus Dental Clinic is a curriculum requirement, should note that compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards is mandated.

The OSHA standards on Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens require employees to either be vaccinated for hepatitis or to sign the appropriate form declining the vaccination. The standards do not mention students. Nonetheless, many affiliate health agencies are requiring students to comply with the regulations, and hepatitis vaccinations are strongly recommended by most Health Science curricula.

Full Opportunity Program

SUNY Broome Community College has a Full Opportunity Program, which is designed to give every individual a chance to fulfill his/her own personal goals and potential.

All Broome County applicants who have graduated from high school within the prior year, or applicants who have been released from active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States within the prior year, are given priority for admission until March 1 and are guaranteed admission to the College, but not necessarily assured of space in the programs of their choice.  To be admitted to any program of study, all applicants must meet the academic requirements of that program.  Students without the required academic background for a particular curriculum will be accepted into a program or selection of courses for which they qualify. Some students may require more than two years to complete a program of study.

SUNY Broome Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era in the recruitment or education of students; the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff; or the operation of any of its programs or activities.  Where relevant, state and federal laws apply.

Credit Evaluation

Transfer and Articulated Credit

College-level course credits earned at regionally accredited* post-secondary institutions can be transferred to SUNY Broome Community College. Credits earned at non-regionally accredited institutions with which SUNY Broome Community College has a current articulation agreement may also be transferred to SUNY Broome Community College.

*Regional Accrediting Bodies:  Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western.

Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean’s designee.  The following provisions apply:

SUNY Broome Community College must receive official transcripts of all college-level work completed at other regionally accredited colleges before formal transfer credit will be awarded.

Grades earned at other institutions will not be entered into the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at SUNY Broome Community College.

Grades of “C” or higher are transferable if coursework is relevant to the student’s program of study at SUNY Broome Community College. “C-” and “D” grades may be transferable with the approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean’s designee.

Credits earned at foreign post-secondary institutions may also be transferred, subject to review by and approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean’s designee from the Division in which the student matriculates.  Students applying for foreign credit transfer must submit an official evaluation of foreign educational credentials from an accredited evaluation agency.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

The College recognizes the value of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination process and may grant credit to students who have successfully completed these exams.  Students need to request that their examination scores be sent to the SUNY Broome Community College Admissions Office and verify that their AP and/or IB scores have been applied to their academic record.  See the AP/IB Exam Course Equivalents chart for details.

AP Exam Equivalencies

AP Exam

SUNY Broome Course




Art History 3 History of Western Art II ART 103 3  



Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I & II
BIO 117
BIO 117
BIO 118
Calculus AB (or AB subscore of Calculus BC)  3
Calculus I
MAT 181
Calculus BC
Calculus II
MAT 182
Check AB subscore for
Calculus I credit



General Chemistry I &
General Chemistry II
CHM 145
CHM 145
CHM 146
Computer Science 3 Introduction to Programming CST 113 3  
English Composition 3 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
English Language and Composition 3 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
English Literature and Composition 3 Introduction to Literature ENG 110 and LIT 200 6  
Environmental Science 3 Environmental Science I CHM 123 4  
European History
Special Topics in History
Rise of the West: 1500-Present
HIS 280
HIS 104
French Language 4 Beginning French I FRE 101 4  
German Language 4 Beginning German I GER 101 4  
U.S. Government & Politics
Independent Study
Introduction to American Government
POS 299
POS 201
Human Geography
Independent Study
World Cultural Geography
GEO 299
GEO 120


Independent Study

ECO 299
ECO 111


Independent Study
ECO 299
ECO 110
Music Theory

        Credit determined by Music
dept. on a case-by-case basis
Physics B or C
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be
laboratory based
Psychology 3 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Spanish Language 4 Beginning Spanish I SPA 101 4  
Statistics 3 Statistics I MAT 124 3  
Studio Art 5 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design ART 105 3  
U.S. History
Special Topics in History
H.S. History I
HIS 279
HIS 130
World History
Special Topics in History
West and the World Since 1500
HIS 278
HIS 117

IB Exam Equivalencies

 IB Exam

BCC Course




Biology - HL 4 Principles of Biology I BIO 117 4  
Biology - HL
Principles of Biology I & II
BIO 117
BIO 118
Business & Management - HL 4 Business Elective BUS 999 3  
Chemistry - HL 4 General Chemistry I CHM 145 4  
Chemistry - HL
General Chemistry I &
General Chemistry II
CHM 145
CHM 146
Computer Science - HL 4 Introduction to Programming CST 113 3  
Computer Science - HL
Introduction to Programming &
Structured Programming
CST 113
CST 133
English - HL 4 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
Environmental Science - HL 4 Environmental Science I CHM 123 4  
Environmental Science - HL
Environmental Science I
Environmental Science II
CHM 123
CHM 124
French B - HL         No credit granted
History - HL         No credit granted
Math - HL

        Will consider granting credit on case-by-case basis
Music - HL

        Credit determined by Music dept. on a case-by-case basis
Philosophy - SL         No credit granted
Psychology - SL 5 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Psychology - HL 4 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Physics - SL
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be lab based
Physics - HL
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be lab based
Spanish Ab Initio - SL         No credit granted
Spanish B - HL         No credit granted


College Proficiency (CP) Exams

The CP Exams of the State University of New York will be recognized for credit upon approval by the appropriate Department.  Credit awarded will be handled as transfer credit.

Requirements and/or Recommendations - Academic Preparation for Admissions

Curricula   Requirement   Recommendation

Accounting       Mathematics Level 1
  (General Emphasis)        
  (Office Administration        
Financial Services        
Hotel/Restaurant Management        

Computer Technology (Network and WEB tracks)1       Mathematics Level 2

Business Information Management       Mathematics Level 1

Business Administration       Mathematics Level 3
Business Administration        
  International Business Emphasis        

Chemical Dependency Counseling       The Mathematics Level of preparation will vary according to degree and program.
Communications and Media Arts      
Criminal Justice - Corrections        
Criminal Justice - Police        
Early Childhood        
Fire Protection Technology        
General Studies:        
  Teacher Education        
Human Services        
Individual Studies        
Liberal Arts        

Civil Engineering Technology1       Mathematics Level 3
Computer Information Systems1       Regents Physics or A.S. III, IV
Computer Technology (Technical Track)1        
Industrial Technology        
Mechanical Engineering Technology        

Electrical Engineering Technology1       Mathematics Level 3

Computer Science1       Mathematics Level 4
Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus
Regents Physics, Regents Chemistry or A.S. I, II, III, IV

Engineering Science1       Mathematics Level 4
Regents Chemistry, Regents Biology,
Regents Physics or A.S. I, II, III, IV

*Dental Hygiene1,2   Mathematics Level 2
Chemistry, Regents Biology OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

*Health Information Technology1,2   Mathematics Level 1 Regents Biology4 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)    

*Medical Assistant1,2  

Mathematics Level 1
Regents Biology4 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)


*Clinical Laboratory Technician1,2  

Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Chemistry4 OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 for all mathematics and science courses)


*Nursing1,2   Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Chemistry4 OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

*Physical Therapist Assistant1,2   Mathematics Level 3 Regents Biology4, Chemistry5 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)    

*Phlebotomy       Mathematics Level 1,
Regents Biology OR A.S. I, II

*Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic       Mathematics Level 1
Regents Biology, Regents Chemistry
OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in
all science courses)

*Radiology Technology1,2   Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Physics OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

NOTE: See “Mathematics Equivalencies for Use in Admissions Decisions


1SUNY Broome Community College has a developmental program that enables students lacking the proper academic preparation for professional level courses to enroll in appropriate credit or non-credit courses that will qualify them.  They can take these courses at SUNY Broome or elsewhere preceding their admission.  Applicants who elect to take these courses during the spring and fall semesters would need more than two years to complete the curriculum.

2If prerequisite courses are taken at SUNY Broome Community College, a grade of 2.0 or better is required.

3AM is Applied Math and AS is Applied Science as defined by Tech Prep.  PT is Principles of Technology.  ABC is Applied Biology & Chemistry.

4Equivalent course substitutions may be determined by the Department Chairperson or Dean.

5Students not completing the recommended high school courses may take longer than 2 years to complete the degree requirements.

Mathematics Equivalencies For Use In Admissions Decisions

For each column below, it is assumed the student successfully completed the requirement listed.

Level of Mathematics Proficiency  

Regents Math Course
(Common Core)

  Regents Math Course
(Before Common Core)
Other High School Course

Level 1   Algebra I   Integrated Algebra Algebra I

Level 2   Algebra I and Geometry   Integrated Algebra and Geometry Algebra I and Geometry

Level 3   Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II   Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with Trigonometry, or Foundations for College Math

Level 4   Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Math 12   Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, and Math 12 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II with Trigonometry, plus Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus