Apr 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Official General Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Official General Catalog

Admissions Information



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. Part-time Aid may be available for matriculated and non-matriculated students.

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 set up a tour or appointment on the Admissions website at https://www1.sunybroome.edu/admissions/. Admissions Counselors are also available for walk in appointments when the office is open.

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: Students must submit a final high school transcript, GED (TASC) by the start of the semester to remain in their program of study, maintaining their matriculation status. 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). 

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 application completion date is an important part of the admissions process and helps the Admissions Office 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, 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 High School Equivalency. 

Placement Assessment

Students may be required to demonstrate skills competency for college level work.  Refer to Placement 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 students can 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 high school equivalency diploma 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 (and the diploma itself when available) or 
  • Students may come under the provision of those who lack a high school diploma or GED

Readmission

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 taking 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 28 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. Non-compliance will result in holds being placed on your student account and will lead to deregistration from classes. Students are responsible for any fine incurred by the college for non-compliance. Visit sunybroome.edu/immunization for further information

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form

Additionally, New York State Public Health Law #2167 requires that all college and university students taking six (6) or more credits in a semester and any are on campus (including traditional, blended, and hyflex classes) be informed of information regarding meningococcal meningitis disease, including the risks of NOT receiving the vaccine. Proof of a vaccination for Meningococcal/Meningitis within the last 5 years OR a completed and signed Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response/Waiver form is required. Non-compliance will result in holds being placed on your student account and will lead to deregistration from classes. Students are responsible for any fine incurred by the college for non-compliance. Visit sunybroome.edu/immunization for further information.


International Students

General Information

SUNY Broome Community College welcomes students from other countries. The College is licensed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue the required Certificate of Eligibility (I20) for international students that applying for their F-1 Student Visa.

For additional information and necessary documents to apply to SUNY Broome Community College as an F1 international student, contact the International Admissions Office, +1 (607) 778-5187; e-mail: international@sunybroome.edu or visit our International Admissions website.
 

  1. Inquiring about SUNY Broome Community College
    Contact International Admissions Office:
    International Student Inquiry Form
     
  2. Apply for Admission
    Admissions Application

    Please note that an F1 international student is not permitted to take more than one (1) online course (or 3 credits) per semester. All courses must be in person, hy-flex, or blended.
     
  3. Educational/Academic Records - all foreign transcripts
    Educational/Academics Records

    All foreign transcripts MUST be evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency prior to being accepted. If you are applying for a competitive program, you will need to request your evaluation to be a Course by Course Analysis. Be sure to ask for this so that all of your courses can be reviewed for the required pre-courses that are needed to apply for a competitive program.
     
  4. Copy of Passport (Biographical Page)
     
  5. Financial Documentation (required for F1 Students)
    An F1 student must demonstrate that they have financial support that covers their educational, living, and miscellaneous expenses to attend SUNY Broome Community College. 

    Required proof of financial support must be in the form of a current (within 3 months from date of application) bank statement or a notarized letter from a bank official stating that there is sufficient means to cover the financial expenses for the student.  A signed Declaration of Financial Support is required.
     
  6. International Deposit 
    There will be a $750 deposit due upon acceptance to the college. You will pay through www.flywire.com. Your I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) will be processed and sent to you once your deposit has been received. NOTE:  This deposit is due prior to the start of each subsequent semester.
     
  7. Visa Appointment
    When the I-20 has been received, you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee prior to your appointment with the Consulate. You will need to show proof of payment at your visa interview. 
     
  8. On Campus Housing (information of off-campus housing is available)
    SUNY Broome offers housing on campus. Our residence hall has suite style rooms with many amenities. Student Village Center

Other General Information:

The International Student Services Office is located in the Wales Administration Building, Room 102. They are there to provide you with resources throughout your academic career at SUNY Broome. The International Admissions team is able to assist you with support and assistance with most concerns.


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.


Transfer Credit

Transfer credits evaluations are conducted by the Registrar’s Office upon matriculation (acceptance) into a program of study. College credits are evaluated based on applicability to the program in which the student is enrolled.

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Request that all official transcripts are sent to the Admissions Office at SUNY Broome Community College.

Transfer credit will be granted when a course applies to the certificate or degree program.

  • Students may transfer credits from an accredited (or special articulation) institution upon matriculation to their program at SUNY Broome Community College. College level course credits earned at accredited post-secondary institutions, national, professional, and specialized accrediting agencies may be transferred to SUNY Broome Community College.
     
  • Credits earned at other institutions with which the College has a current articulation agreement may also be transferred to SUNY Broome Community College.
     
  • Grades of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) or higher are transferable if coursework is relevant to the student’s program of study at SUNY Broome Community College. S (Satisfactory) and P (Pass) grades are also acceptable, with the exclusion of certain competitive Health Science programs.
     
  • Transfer credit is based upon course equivalencies, including course levels, course descriptions, and learning outcomes. Course syllabus and textbooks may also be reviewed for transfer credit evaluation. At least 70% of the course content should be equivalent in order to transfer the credit. When the credit is transferable but the course credit is less than the SUNY Broome course, the remaining credit will need to be earned (or possibly waived or substituted) for program certification purposes.
     
  • When a course is accepted for transfer credit from another college, a grade of “T” will be noted on the transcript. The “T” grade carries no point value; therefore, it is not considered when calculating the grade point average. A grade of “T” is counted towards attempted and earned hours.
     
  • Once transfer credit is accepted, it cannot be removed from the student’s record.
     
  • Students applying for foreign credit transfer must submit an official evaluation of foreign educational credentials from an accredited evaluation agency. Students seeking credit for prior learning should refer to the Credit for Prior Learning policy.
     
  • Transfer credits are considered, regardless of when the course(s) was taken. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean.

Transfer Credit Appeal Process

  • Students who disagree with the College’s decision on the granting credit earned at a prior institution have the right to submit an appeal to their Dean.
     
  • Students requesting an appeal should be prepared to provide material to support their case, such as the course description or syllabus in question. When the required information is received, the Dean will provide a written response within 7 business days. If the decision finds merit to change the course to meet a major requirement, the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of the change to their transcript. If the decision is unchanged, the student may appeal to the VPAA. The student should provide the course description and/or syllabus in question, as well as a copy of the Dean’s decision. The VPAA will provide a written response to the student and the Dean within 7 business days. If the decision finds merit to change the course to meet a major requirement, the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of the change to their transcript.
     
  • If the student would like to further appeal this matter, they may appeal to the State University of New York (SUNY): https://system.suny.edu/academic-affairs/student-mobility/student-transfer-appeal-process/. SUNY’s appeal process can be found on http://www.suny.edu/provost/transfer/studenttransferappeal.cfm.

Advanced Placement (AP), CEEB College Level Examination (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • AP (Advanced Placement) transcripts and CLEP (CEEB College Level Examination Program) scores must come directly from College Board. Contact CollegeBoard.org to request an official copy to be sent to SUNY Broome Community College. 
     
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) credit is awarded for courses taken in high school with an HL designation. An IB transcript must be submitted to receive credit.

College courses taken in High School

  • If college courses were taken in high school, you must request an official transcript from the college through which those courses were taken in order for the credit to be evaluated.

Competitive Health Sciences

  • If a student has taken any course more than five years before entering into a competitive Health Science program, the course must be repeated.

General Education

  • General Education requirements vary by campus and by major. However, if you satisfy a SUNY-GER area at one SUNY campus with a grade of “C” or higher, you will have met that SUNY-GER area at every other SUNY campus.
     
  • More information concerning SUNY General Education Requirements, can be found on General Education Requirements - SUNY.

International Institution Credit Evaluations

  • If you earned credits at a college or university outside of the United States you must have your credits evaluated by a professional Credential Evaluation Agency. These agencies provide a professional course-by-course evaluation of college and university credits. Charges for this service may vary. Resources can be found on these websites: World Education Services and Educational Credential Evaluators.
  • International transcript evaluation must be conducted by a NACES recognized member as found on www.naces.org/members.html.

Military Service Credit

  • Credits earned through military service as recommended by the American Council on Education Registry are acceptable, as are other military credits, when applicable to the major. Appropriate military documents (DD214, military transcript) must be submitted to be considered for transfer credit.

Reverse Credit

  • Students who transfer from SUNY Broome Community College to another college or university without completing degree or certificate requirements will be permitted to transfer credit hours to SUNY Broome Community College for the fulfillment of graduation requirements. A maximum of 48 credits required for a degree program can be transferred from a regionally accredited college or university to SUNY Broome Community College.

Waiver of Degree Requirements

Dean approval is necessary to waive degree requirements. Only on rare occasions, are degree requirements waived.

Competitive Admissions For Health Science Programs

Entry into the following Health Science Programs at SUNY Broome Community College is based on a competitive admissions process: Clinical Laboratory Technology (traditional and online options), Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Nursing Evening/Weekender, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Technology.

Entry into the following Health Science Programs at SUNY Broome Community College is based on a competitive admissions process. Applicants must complete specific courses, either from high school or college with a minimum of a 74 (high school) or a C (college), and have an overall/last 24 credit hour GPA or 2.0 to be considered for admission.

Admissions will consider both high school and/or college coursework based on the grade achieved. The highest grade will be used to determine admissions decisions. All coursework must be completed by the admission deadline in order to be considered for admissions.

 

Program:

High School Criteria:

                                                                              

College Criteria:

 

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Histological
Technician, AAS

Histological 
Technician, Cert.

  • Junior level math or higher
     
  • Biology
     
  • Chemistry


     

 

 

  • College math 100 level or above

    • College
      biology 100
      level or above*
    • College
      chemistry 100 level
      or above**

Dental Hygiene
 

  • ​Sophomore
    level math or higher

 

  • Biology

     
  • Chemistry

 

  • College math 100 level or above
     
    • College
      biology 100
      level or above*
    • College 
      chemistry 100 level
      or above**

Nursing

 

 

  • ​Sophomore
    level math or higher

 

  • Biology

     
  • Chemistry


*All student must take the ATI
TEAS exam with a score of at
least 65 for admission
consideration

 

  • College math 100 level or above
     
  • College biology 100
    level or above*
    • College 
      chemistry 100 level 
      or above**

*All student must take the ATI
TEAS exam with a score of at
least 65 for admissions consideration

Physical Therapist
Assistant

 

  • Junior level math or higher
     
  • Biology
     
  • Chemistry
  • College math 100 level or above
     
    • College
      biology 100
      level or above*
    • College 
      chemistry 100 level
      or above**

Radiologic Technology

 

  • ​Sophomore
    level math or higher

 

  • Biology

     
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • College math 100 level or above
     
  • College biology 100
    level or above*
    • College 
      chemistry 100 level 
      or above**

Math Levels: Freshman: Algebra; Sophomore: Geometry; Junior: Algebra II with Trigonometry; Senior:
Pre-Calc/Calc/College Math 

*Biology courses must have a focus on general biology/life science and/or human anatomy & physiology.

**Chemistry courses must have a focus in general, organic, and/or biochemistry.


Ranking Scores:

Applicants are scored based on GPA and prerequisite final grades. For RN applicants, scores on the ATI-TEAS exam are also required for consideration. Below, please see the rubric used to assign points for GPA and final grades scored. All students are ranked based on this rubric.

High School Subject
Grade
College Subject
Grade
High School
Average
College GPA (4.0)
Scale
Points

93-100

A 93-100 3.70 and up 7

90-92

A- 90-92 3.25-3.69 6

87-89

B+ 87-89 3.00-3.24 5

83-86

B 83-86 2.75-2.99 4

80-82

B- 80-82 2.50-2.74 3

77-79

C+ 77-79 2.25-2.49 2

74-76

C 74-76 2.00-2.24 1

 

*All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering into the program of interest. Equivalent course substitution from external institutions will be determined by the department chairperson/dean and the director of Admissions at SUNY Broome Community College.

*Any prerequisite course scoring less than a 74 (high school) or C (college-level) will result in an automatic disqualification from the competitive admissions process.

NOTE: See “Mathematics Equivalencies for Use in Admission Decisions:
ALL GRADES ARE FINAL CLASS AVERAGES, NOT REGENTS EXAM GRADES
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 Community College 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.


Placement Information

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

 

English Course Placement Guidelines for Use in Admissions Decisions

Placement guidelines for ENG 110:  Multimodal considerations are used to determine proper placement.  A student’s grades in English courses in high school are the most important factor.  In general, a student will be placed in ENG 110 if they have high school English grades of 80-89 consistently, through all four years of high school.  For more information, contact the English Department.

Placement guidelines for ENG 110/091:  Multimodal considerations are used to determine proper placement.  A student’s grades in English courses in high school are the most important factor.  A student will be placed in ENG 110/091 if they have high school English grades of 79 or below consistently, through all four years of high school.  For more information, contact the English Department.

Placement guidelines for ENG 111:  Multimodal considerations are used to determine proper placement.  A student’s grades in English courses in high school are the most important factor.  A student will be placed in ENG 111 if they have high school English grades of 90 or higher consistently, through all four years of high school.  For more information, contact the English Department.