FAQs

Is Clinton Community College closing or merging with SUNY Plattsburgh?
No. Clinton Community College is moving to a new location. We will continue to offer two-year degrees, certificates, and microcredentials for the region and beyond. We remain the only authorized provider of accredited two-year degrees here.
 
When is Clinton Community College moving? 
Clinton Community College will open in its new location by the beginning of the Fall 2025 semester. The move will not interrupt the academic progress of current, enrolling, or applying students. 
 
Why is Clinton Community College moving? 
The new location will ensure long-term sustainability and success by streamlining operations and costs, providing a better experiences for Clinton Community College students, and allowing the college to invest in more in-demand degrees that lead to jobs or four-year degrees.
 
Should I still apply to Clinton Community College? 
Yes. If you were considering applying to Clinton Community College, you should continue with your application for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. The college’s move to its new location in the Fall 2025 semester will not interrupt academic offerings or students’ progress toward earning a degree. 
 
How will this affect current students? 
Currently enrolled students will be transitioned to the new location as smoothly as possible, with plenty of support from Clinton Community College faculty and administration.
 
Will the new location affect tuition and fees? 
No tuition or fee increases are planned at Clinton Community College. Our commitment to maintaining affordability and access for our students is fundamental to our mission.  
 
Is Clinton Community College a SUNY school? 
Yes. Like all community colleges outside of New York City, Clinton is part of the State University of New York. That means Clinton students get a trusted SUNY education, low SUNY tuition for New Yorkers, robust student support, and a seamless pathway to a four-year degree at SUNY. 
 
How will this affect Middle States accreditation? 
Clinton Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Maintaining this certification will enable the college's programs to continue and is a focus of ongoing conversations with and reports to the commission.

For the new location, the college is required to submit a substantive change request because it is requesting “relocation of main campus,” a Tier III change per Middle States standards. MSCHE will review the request and “take action within 90 calendar days of receipt of a materially complete substantive change request submission.” This request will happen later this year as more details are known through the planning process. 

Peer evaluators will be assigned and review the request and supporting materials; the evaluators will complete a Substantive Change Review Report, which includes proposed action by the commission. Upon review, the commission will take accreditation action, which could include approval, follow-up actions, or rejection of the request. 

What will happen with the current buildings used by the college? 
The buildings currently occupied by Clinton Community College are owned by Clinton County. The county will review and determine their best future use. In line with our comprehensive planning process, decisions will be made to ensure these buildings serve the best interests of the broader community.  
 
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