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The minimum requirements for admission to JCC are graduation from an accredited secondary school, possession of a high school equivalency diploma, or home-school documentation. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT Assessment Test are not required for admission.

JCC has endorsed the concept of Full Opportunity of the State University of New York and accepts the philosophical implications of that decision. This means the college has agreed to accept all applicants who are legal residents of the sponsoring area, who are 18 years of age or older, and are high school graduates.

The college reserves the right to make exceptions to its admissions policies and to impose other criteria on students seeking admission who do not meet the requirements above. This policy does not, however, guarantee admission of students to specific programs within JCC's curriculum. It does imply a commitment to meet the special needs of the students who may require developmental courses, tutorial services, and additional counseling services. It also challenges the college to expand its career programs, institute new approaches to the teaching-learning process, and provide students with the flexibility of changing courses and programs without penalty.

Applying to JCC
  • Matriculated (Degree Seeking) Students
  • Application Process
    Supplemental applications and deadlines for nursing and occupational therapy assistant programs
  • New, First-Time Students
    Students who have not attended another college and who are entering JCC for the first time should follow these steps:
    • Apply.
    • Request high school guidance office to forward an official copy of the student's transcript to the admissions office.
    • Home-schooled students must complete the necessary documentation indicating completion of secondary level education as defined by state.
    • Students possessing a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general educational development or GED/TASC, must submit appropriate documentation.
    • Students should visit JCC to acquaint themselves further with JCC’s programs and facilities. Personal interviews are optional, unless requested by the admissions office.
    • Following notification of acceptance, students are informed of advisement and registration procedures that entering freshmen must complete prior to the start of classes.
  • Readmitted Students
  • Second Degree Candidates
    A student pursuing a second degree at JCC must reapply for admission. Students must also meet with an advisor in the Counseling and Career Center on either campus to update their program of study. Each additional associate’s degree will require 30 additional hours, 15 of which must be earned from JCC. 
Students transferring to JCC
  • Transfer of Alternative College Level Credit
    Full-time students who have attended other colleges or who have earned college credit through the Independent Study Programs of the State University of New York, the College Proficiency Examinations of the State Education Department, the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, College Level Examination Program, or military experience are eligible to apply for advanced standing and credit. Official records should be directed to the JCC admissions office.
  • Transferring Credits
    Official records should be directed to the JCC admissions office. JCC considers expected learning outcomes and standards when evaluating incoming transcripts for JCC credit course equivalency. A student may transfer up to 30 semester hours of credit to JCC from another institution or other external sources. If transfer credits are applied toward additional degrees, the credits must be a part of the maximum of 30 allowable transfer credits. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at JCC to be eligible for an associate degree, and 15 semester hours of credit to be eligible for a certificate from JCC. 
  • Appeal Process for Transfer Evaluations at JCC  
Types of admission
  • Non-Matriculated Students Registering For Courses for Personal Enrichment
    A non-matriculated student is one who is taking courses to satisfy personal needs and interests without applying for candidacy for a degree or certificate. Non-matriculated students are not eligible to receive financial aid. JCC reserves the right to require placement testing for anyone wishing to register for classes. Non-matriculated students required to take placement tests must score at a satisfactory level to register. JCC will deny registration privileges to any student who does not comply with this procedure.
  • Earning a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC)
  • Students with an IEP Diploma
  • Home-Schooled Students
  • Admission of Correspondence School Students
  • Early Admissions
    JCC’s Early Admissions Program is designed for qualified high school students who have completed 11th grade to begin taking college level courses full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) prior to graduating from high school and, with permission from his/her high school and parent or guardian, to have JCC courses fulfill graduation requirements. Normally students should rank in the top half of their class.
    In some cases, students and their guidance counselor must meet to discuss plans for early admission and determine if college courses could be used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. 
    • A statement from the high school principal or counselor indicating that a high school diploma will be issued upon satisfactory completion of specified college courses is required. 
    • The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the high school guidance counselor upon the completion of courses. Transcripts are available at
    • A statement from the student’s parent or guardian granting permission to enroll for full-time study at JCC must be submitted.
  • Pre-College Enrollment Program
    JCC’s Pre-College Enrollment Program (PEP) provides high school students the opportunity to enroll part-time in courses (up to 11 credit hours), either day, evening, or online and earn college credit prior to and immediately following high school graduation. Students can enroll for classes at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses and North County and Warren centers.
    PEP is open to all high school students of average to better academic ability who are recommended by their high school principals or guidance counselors. In most cases, students participating in the program are juniors and seniors who rank in the top half of their high school classes. PEP students are responsible for tuition and fees. Since they cannot matriculate, federal and state financial aid is unavailable to them. The PEP Grant, however, is available to provide for one-half the cost of tuition up to $300 per semester. Students are eligible for this grant by registering as a PEP student. Students entering JCC’s PEP program must register for at least one course at their home high school and cannot register as full-time students at JCC.
    Since some high schools give dual credit for certain courses, credit earned at JCC may also be applied toward high school graduation requirements. Credit earned at JCC in courses taken by PEP students may be applied toward an associate degree from JCC or may be transferred to another institution.
    As members of JCC’s Faculty Student Association, PEP students can participate in both the academic and extracurricular life of the college. They have library privileges, can attend special college events, and are welcome to join various clubs and interest groups.
    For course selection, students meet with their high school guidance counselors to determine which classes fit into their daily or weekly schedules. Home-schooled students should contact JCC’s admissions office for assistance. Registration forms are available in the JCC admissions office, high school guidance offices, and online. Many PEP students choose to enroll in more than one course each semester, and some individuals have been able to complete a full year of college credit during their last two years of high school. PEP students may select courses from the entire curriculum as long as course prerequisites have been met. Prerequisites are required for most JCC courses.
    Enrolled students have secure access to their individual student records on the My JCC page. Students can view six-week and final grades, advisement transcripts, registration, and access their JCC email account. No paper bills are sent to the student. Bills can be viewed and paid online.
  • Special Circumstances
    Individuals seeking admission who do not fit one of the above categories should contact the admissions director for assistance.
  • College Placement Testing
    JCC administers a placement test to students prior to their enrollment in college courses. The test gathers information to place students in courses for which they are best prepared and in which they are most likely to succeed. The computer-based placement test consists of multiple choice questions which are used to measure ability in the basic skills of reading comprehension and math, and a 300-600 word essay in which students demonstrate their ability to write a composition. The entire test takes approximately 2½ hours to complete. 
    All new full-time students are required to take the placement test. New part-time students are strongly encouraged to take the placement test prior to registration. Part-time students must take the placement test prior to enrolling in any course which has a reading or writing prerequisite. Certain students may qualify for an exemption from taking the placement test. 
    Students will receive placement test results upon completion of the test. Full-time students will discuss the results with their advisors at advisement and registration meetings. Part-time students may meet with an advisor to review the test results.
    JCC provides special testing procedures for students with disabilities. Arrangements must be made prior to taking the test. To arrange special testing accommodations, contact the Accessibility Services coordinator at either the Jamestown Campus or Cattaraugus County Campus.
  • Application/Admission Policy: International Students
Occupational therapy assistant

The occupational therapy assistant program is designed for full- and part-time study and may be completed in two academic years of full-time study. The four-semester sequence of OTA courses, which begins each fall semester, must be completed sequentially. The fourth semester (OTA 2700 and OTA 2720: Fieldwork II) must be completed within 12 months following successful completion of third semester OTA coursework. Fieldwork II assignments may have special housing and transportation requirements. Students who successfully complete JCC’s occupational therapy assistant program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Coursework includes a series of general education courses with an emphasis on the biological and psychological sciences. Professional studies focus on how human occupational development is affected by illness and injury and how function in various life roles can be facilitated.

Occupational therapy provides service to those individuals whose abilities to cope with tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social disability. Occupational therapy is provided in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools and camps, private homes, and community agencies. Delivery of occupational therapy services involves several levels of personnel, including the occupational therapist, the certified occupational therapy assistant, and aides.

Note: Technical (OTA) and professional (OT) occupational therapy programs are two distinct paths of study leading to complementary, but different, practice roles. Any OTA student contemplating application to an OT program at another institution is subject to that institution’s individual requirements and articulation policies. Transfer options are available at JCC.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy is offered through the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department for students interested in becoming a local or county police officer in New York state. Acceptance into the academy is conducted on a competitive selection process which is contingent on the evaluation of a candidate’s prior college credits, cumulative GPA, medical examination, psychological profiling, intensive background investigation (felony convictions will bar admittance; misdemeanor convictions may bar admittance), law enforcement agency appointment/sponsorship, oral board interview, physical agility screening, military records, if applicable, civil service list standing, second language skills, and training zone residency. Note: Some of these components are not required but will give the candidate additional points toward acceptance.

All candidates must meet New York state statutes as required by the Municipal Training Council for state certification of police officers. These standards are outlined in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy Rules and Procedures Manual. Matriculated students who are enrolled in the Law Enforcement Academy may receive an A.A.S.-Individual Studies, a certificate in individual studies, or a certificate in law enforcement technology by completing a sequence of courses. Details on the program can be obtained from the admissions director or the academy director on the Jamestown Campus.

Corrections Academy

The Corrections Academy is offered through the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department for students interested in becoming a correctional officer at a local or county jail. Acceptance to the academy is contingent on successful completion of medical, psychological, and physical fitness examinations and an oral interview. An intense background investigation is conducted by an appropriate law enforcement agency. Applicants must also complete a pre-service application questionnaire.

Students who successfully complete the Corrections Academy and additional college coursework may receive an A.A.S.-Individual Studies, a certificate in individual studies, or a certificate in corrections officer technology. Previous college work may be applied to this degree program.

Questions about the degree program should be directed to JCC’s criminal justice director.

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