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About SUNY Orange

College Overview

Founded in 1950 as the first county-sponsored community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Orange County Community College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College offers or provides access to a total of 40 accredited academic programs that are designed for transfer and/or career preparation.

115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
One Washington Center
Newburgh, NY 12550

Throughout its existence, SUNY Orange has touched the lives of countless Orange County residents through its academic degree offerings, non-credit enrichment programming and cultural events. With campuses in Middletown and Newburgh, the College has grown to meet the needs of its students, while also addressing the demands of a growing and diverse population in Orange County.

With its picturesque beauty, cozy confines and contemporary functionality, the SUNY Orange Middletown campus has become a comfortable and safe second home to students who seek academic challenge, friendship and lively activity. The Newburgh campus is located in downtown Newburgh with breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Students stroll a burgeoning campus that provides the latest amenities in its labs, classrooms and study spaces. 

Students may enroll in coursework that leads to the completion of one of three academic degrees—the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science—as well as one-year certificates. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College offers academic credits that may be earned through full- or part-time study, with courses primarily offered during weekday and evening hours, as well as online. Some weekend classes are available.

Consistent with its mission to provide high-quality and accessible educational and enrichment opportunities, the College is noted for its commitment to ensuring student success. With the support of our caring faculty and staff, each of our students has the ability to achieve his or her academic and career goals. Advising, counseling, and career guidance and exploration are available to all students, as well as co-curricular and leadership opportunities that serve to complement the academic experience.

Public and private four-year colleges actively seek our graduates for transfer into baccalaureate programs. Our graduates have built a longstanding reputation for excelling at their transfer institution, and those students who instead choose to enter the workforce upon graduation from SUNY Orange find success as well. 

Over the years, the College has earned its reputation as a pioneer and innovator in meeting the needs of its students and the area it primarily serves. The College was the first two-year college in the nation to offer the associate degree nursing program and studies in electron microscopy; and in 1982, the College was the first community college to plan and co-sponsor a business institute with local chambers of commerce.

Today, under the guidance of an innovative and energetic president and armed with a clear vision that emanates from its Strategic Plan, the College is poised to further elevate its profile within the greater Orange County area as well as the State University of New York (SUNY). The College is comfortable building off its history of academic innovation and is actively engaged in revamping its curriculum and student support programs so that they continue to meet the needs of our students and the community-at-large.

As a respected partner with many businesses, community organizations and civic groups, the College strives to mold the members of its diverse student body into the accomplished professionals and leaders they wish to become, all within an inclusive atmosphere where creativity and forward-thinking ideas are welcomed.

SUNY Orange is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, with five members appointed by the Orange County Executive, four members appointed by the Governor of New York and one student trustee elected by the student body.

The Middletown Campus

From its original configuration of two buildings—a mansion and carriage house—in 1950, the Middletown campus has grown to its present size of 37 acres that houses 13 academic and student services buildings. The College’s beautiful and picturesque grounds are landscaped with trees and flowers indigenous to the region, while many paths and walks bisect the former estate. 

The mansion, called Morrison Hall in honor of its donors, now houses administrative and faculty offices. The architectural centerpiece of the Middletown campus, Morrison Hall is a magnificent example of turn-of-the- century craftsmanship, featuring beautiful wood carving, mosaic work, stenciling, ornate marble fireplaces and a large stained glass window designed by Louis Tiffany. Horton Hall, the former carriage house, now provides additional administrative space for the College.

Expansion over the years has infused the campus with significant additional educational space. The Middletown campus now boasts more than 60 general classrooms and lecture halls, along with a wide array of medical, technical and instructional laboratories. Dedicated laboratory space exists for programs in the health professions, as well as biology, chemistry, physics, architecture, criminal justice, cyber security and visual communications. 

Hudson Hall, Harriman Hall and the Bio-Medical Technology Building contain classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and faculty offices. Orange Hall features a well-equipped theater as well as rehearsal rooms and performance space. The Library can accommodate 700 patrons who are afforded access to more than 95,000 print and non-print resources, videotapes, computer software and digital collections.

The George F. Shepard Student Center houses the College bookstore and nearly every student support function at the College. The Physical Education Center contains six handball courts, a swimming pool, the Chris Schmid gymnasium (capacity 3,000), human performance lab, three classrooms and an exercise room. Adjacent to the building are soccer and softball fields.

The Gilman Center for International Education contains a lecture room, student study space and an aluminum and glass foyer, along with casework displaying papers and memorabilia from Congressman Ben Gilman’s long tenure in Washington, D.C. The Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture includes a functioning greenhouse, the foundation of which is original to the estate, along with a combined classroom and laboratory space.

The Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, which opened in August 2014, offers students and faculty in the STEM-related programs of science, biology, engineering and architecture the finest technological advances and state-of-the-art laboratory space, all under one roof. The Morrison Lab School at Middletown, as well as the Newburgh Campus Lab School, house the College’s child care services and serve as working laboratories for the College’s education students.

The Newburgh Campus

Certified as a branch campus by both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department, the Newburgh campus offers selected academic degree programs in their entirety, enabling students in those programs to complete all of their degree requirements at the Newburgh site without having to commute to the Middletown campus. The full degree programs available in Newburgh include business administration, business management, criminal justice, criminal justice-police, human services, individual studies, liberal arts (humanities and social science) and nursing.

In addition to its credit courses and programs, the Newburgh campus provides a variety of non-credit courses, certificate programs and personal enrichment classes, as well as a number of grant-funded employment and training initiatives and a program in ESL, all under the direction of the College’s Continuing and Professional Education Department (CAPE). 

The campus features Kaplan Hall and the Tower Building, both of which offer students contemporary, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Kaplan Hall, an 87,000-square-foot building that opened in January 2011, houses classrooms and science laboratories, as well as a two-story library, a one-stop center for all student services, a micro market café where students can mingle, and office spaces. A secure underground parking garage is accessible off First Street near Ebenezer Baptist Church. Additionally, a spectacular Great Room with a capacity of approximately 200 people provides a gathering space for campus and community groups alike.

The six-story Tower Building, at the corner of Broadway and Colden Street, features general purpose classrooms, computer labs, art studios, a forensics lab, student government and activity space, a bookstore, a childcare center, a fitness center, and administrative offices.

The College operates a free daily shuttle service between its Newburgh and Middletown campuses.

Student Profile

SUNY Orange students come from all walks of life and are committed to their education. Our graduates speak highly of a curriculum that challenges them and prepares them to thrive when they transfer to four-year institutions.

Enrollment reports for the 2020 Fall semester reveal that slightly more than half (54.0 percent) of SUNY Orange’s students attend the College full-time, while the average age of the SUNY Orange student is 23 years old. Females comprise 62.8 percent of the College’s enrollment. A sizeable majority (78.3 percent) of students reside in Orange County while 71.1 percent of SUNY Orange students fall into the “traditional” category (age 24 or younger).

Of those who reported data, nearly 26.0 percent of SUNY Orange students are Hispanic/Latino while 14.5 percent are African-American. The College’s diversity demographics within the student body mirror the diversity of the overall population of Orange County. Other race/ethnicity classifications account for 5.8 percent of the student population. The remaining 44.8 percent are white.

The State University of New York

SUNY Orange is one of 30 two-year community colleges that comprise part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide.

SUNY is governed by a board of trustees, appointed by the governor, which directly determines the policies to be followed by the 34 state-supported campuses. Community colleges have their own local boards of trustees whose relationship to the SUNY board is defined by law. The State University motto is: "To Learn—To Search— To Serve."

The 30 two-year community colleges operating under the SUNY program play a unique role in the expansion of educational opportunity by:

  • providing local industry with trained technicians in a wide variety of occupational curriculums
  • providing transfer options for students who wish to go on and earn advanced degrees, and
  • providing the community with yet another source for technical and professional upgrading as well as personal enrichment.

Your Right to Know  

Federal Student Right to Know legislation requires colleges and universities to report the percentages of full-time students who began and completed their program requirements within 150% of the normal time for completion – three years for an associate degree.

Additionally, the federal government requires institutions to track and report the percentages of first-time, full-time students who return to college for their second year of instruction.

In both measurements, SUNY Orange performs consistently well.  Fifty-six percent of the Fall 2017 cohort (the most recent to complete 150% of their time since entering the college) have either graduated or transferred to another institution.  While 60% percent of the first-time, full-time students entering SUNY Orange in the Fall of 2019, returned for the Fall 2020 semester.

For more information, or to compare SUNY Orange to other institutions, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics.

Campus Safety and Security Statistics

In compliance with the Campus Safety and Security Act of 1998 (Clery Amendment) and New York State Education law Article 129-A, SUNY Orange maintains crime statistics related to crimes reported to campus security and local law enforcement agencies.

These statistics can be obtained by visiting the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website or by visiting the SUNY Orange Safety and Security website.

The federal government site offers the statistics for colleges across the nation. You may search the web site for SUNY Orange by name or by using our OPE ID. The OPE ID is an identification number used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools. SUNY Orange's ID is 00287600. For more information or a hard copy of the report, contact the Director of Safety and Security.

Non-Discrimination and Sexual Violence Prevention

SUNY Orange is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status or ex-offender status. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, application process, examination and testing, hiring, training, grading, disciplinary actions, rates of pay or other compensations, advancement, classification, transfer and reassignment, discharge, and all other terms and conditions of employment, educational status, and access to college programs and activities.

In addition, the College is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct. Any act involving sexual harassment, violence, coercion, and intimidation will not be tolerated. Specifically, the College strictly prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These acts have a real impact on the lives of victims. They not only violate a person’s feelings of trust and safety, but they can also substantially interfere with a student’s education. No person or persons will, by coercion or physical force, engage in sexual acts with any member of the College community.  It is the policy of SUNY Orange that, upon learning that an act of sexual misconduct has taken place, immediate action will be taken to address the situation and punish the perpetrator.  

If you have experienced sexual violence or sexual misconduct, you may seek advice and support services from the Wellness Center or Security. Survivors of sexual assault and violence are encouraged to use these services, regardless of whether the incident happened on or off campus. 

The Student Handbook contains more detailed information regarding students’ rights, responsibilities, confidentiality, grievance procedures, and Code of Student Conduct.