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Admission to Jefferson will be based on an applicant’s academic preparation. Applicants must be a graduate of a recognized high school, have earned a GED (high school equivalency diploma), or meet academic standards set forth by the college. The admissions office will respond, by postal mail, to your application within 48 hours. This initial communication will provide important information, so please read carefully.
High School Seniors
High school seniors applying to Jefferson Community College should complete the free online electronic application early in their senior year. Although there is no deadline, the earlier the application for admission is received the better service and college preparation we can provide. Plan to discuss your college attendance plans with you school counselor and request your high school transcript reflecting coursework to date be sent to the admissions office.
Applicants to Jefferson Community College who have previously attended college must request their official college transcript be sent to the Jefferson Community college Admissions office. High school transcripts are still required unless the applicant has completed either a recognized associates or bachelor’s degree.
Previously Enrolled Jefferson Community College Students
If you previously attended Jefferson you may not need to reapply. Please note the following and proceed! As always, feel free to contact the admissions office for clarification.
- Re-matriculate: if you attended Jefferson Community College enrolled in a degree program within the last five years and are in good standing there is no need to reapply. Just call the Advising Center to schedule an appointment to register.
If you are a former student who has been away from the college for over five years, the college no longer has your high school or college transcripts. You must again apply.
- Academic dismissal: If you were previously academically dismissed from Jefferson Community College you will need to complete a new online application and provide a statement to the Director of Admissions as to why you are prepared for success at this time.
Applicants who have completed a recognized home school education
Applicants who have completed a home schooled education in New York 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 students from other states and territories should contact Admissions for detailed information.
Applicants who have foreign educational documentation
Applicants who are citizens of the United States or permanent residents, and have completed a course of study in a foreign country must provide official transcripts, translated, and evaluated by an approved educational credential evaluation service or approved professional. The credential must be equivalent to high school graduation in the United States. Students may be required to complete assessment testing to determine English skills and potential course placement.
Applicants who have not completed high school graduation requirements
Applicants who have not completed high school graduation may be admitted to a degree program based on individual academic preparation, college placement testing scores determined by the college, and recommendations. Students without a recognized high school diploma or GED are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Applicants who are applying as International Students
International applicants (F-1 non immigrant student visa) must provide official transcripts, translated, and evaluated by an approved educational credential evaluation service or approved professional. Applicants who have English as a second language must provide a TOEFL score report with scores above 61. In the case of a student currently or previously enrolled in high school in the United States through an exchange program, the high school transcript will be reviewed for admissions. International applicants should carefully review all information provided in the International Student Application. NYS and federal financial aid is not available to international students.
Office of Admissions
Room 6-007, Jules Center
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Tel: 315-786-2277 or toll-free 888-435-6522 (ask for Admissions)
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday