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Onondaga Community College

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1961
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Vocational,pre-U,lifelong learning
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York, United States, 13215
    • Phone:
    • +13154982000
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College is a college of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and one of 30 locally sponsored community colleges throughout New York State. Onondaga County is our sponsor.

We offer two-year degree programs that serve as transfer opportunities to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year campuses or for direct entry to the workforce. We also offer certificate programs that can generally be completed in one year. Through Onondaga’s regional higher education center, students can earn a bachelor’s degree on the Onondaga campus or on-line through innovative partnerships with Bellevue University, SUNY Delhi, and Keuka College.

Our Community Education programs include classes for personal enrichment and professional development; accelerated degree programs for working adults; customized training for local businesses; and, special programs for children and teens, small businesses and school districts.

Our campus is noted for its hills, wooded terrain, and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Our Syracuse location, at the geographic center of New York, is within 350 miles of every major metropolitan center of the northeast. Our central location and accessibility in the heart of New York and the northeast make it easy to get here. We are near the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as the Adirondack mountains.

Onondaga is a diverse educational learning community. We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere where individuality is not only recognized - but encouraged - to contribute to the fabric of the campus environment.

Academic Highlights

(OCC) offers a number of areas of study for Career or Transfer programs. Some of these areas are: Art, Design, Media & Music; Business; Computing & Applied Technologies; Education; Health; Liberal Arts; Math, Science & Engineering; Public Safety & Community Service.

Life in Onondaga Community College

The 2006 and 2007 men's lacrosse team won the NJCAA national championship in May 2006 and 2007. It has been said that the team may have had the most dominant season in college lacrosse history, finishing the season with a record of 18-0, and 33-game winning streak. They outscored their opponents 445-80. Head Coach Chuck Wilbur has compiled a career record of 83-11. Onondagas 2008-2009 Men's and women's lacrosse teams won the national championships for JUCO. The men's lax (lacrosse) team won the NJCAA National Championship in 2010. In the 2015 season, the Men's Lacrosse Team won its seventh straight NJCAA National Championship with its fifth straight perfect season. The men's lacrosse team set the lacrosse record for consecutive wins with 107 wins, spanning 2010 through 2016.

School Ranking


Onondaga Community College is a public institution in Syracuse, New York. Its campus is located in a suburb with a total enrollment of 10,659. The school utilizes a semester-based academic year.

Notable Alumni

  • Laurie Halse Anderson, author
  • Grace Johnson, singer, model and actress
  • Mike Randall, actor and meteorologist

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