Mission & History
We know what it takes to help you be successful. It’s what we’ve been doing for 50 years — ever since our doors opened on February 1, 1960.
Nassau Community College, a constituent member of the State University of New York system, is a comprehensive, full-opportunity institution of higher education. All who can benefit from its resources have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills and to pursue the goal of lifelong learning.
The College is dedicated to high-quality, low-cost education and career preparation to meet the needs and interests of the community it serves. It is committed to academic excellence and the dignity and worth of the individual. To this end, Nassau Community College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificate and continuing education programs.
Its curricula span the liberal arts and sciences, as well as pre-professional and professional areas, for the benefit of a diverse population. The College places a high priority on small classes, taught by qualified, experienced faculty, to provide an optimal educational environment.
Created in 1959 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY), Nassau first held classes in a wing of the old Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, New York. When we opened in 1960, just 632 students took advantage of our affordable, high-quality academic programs. In 1962, we expanded to 135 acres at the former Mitchel Air Force Base and enrollment soared.
Today, our campus spans 225 acres and includes 50 buildings. More than 23,000 day and evening students and 15,000 continuing and professional students attend each year. We are the top choice for one out of every four college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.
About one million people have attended Nassau throughout our history. Our 120,000 graduates include doctors, attorneys, teachers, and business and political leaders.