Nassau Community College
Motto"Stay Close, Go Far"
TypePublic community college
Established1959; 65 years ago (1959)
Parent institution
State University of New York
PresidentVacant [1]
Location, ,
United States
Campus225 acres (0.91 km2)
Colors    Navy blue and orange
MascotLeo the Lion

Nassau Community College (NCC) is a public community college in Garden City, New York.[3] It was founded in 1959 and is part of the State University of New York.


Buildings T and P

Nassau Community College was created as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1959. When the college opened, on February 1, 1960, it had 632 students, and classes were held in an old courthouse. When Mitchel Air Force Base closed, the college obtained substantial property, including buildings to develop its new campus, on what is now known as Mitchel Field. (The government still retains some housing and other facilities in the vicinity of the Nassau campus.) [4]


Nassau Community College annually awards the largest number of associate degrees in the state of New York and the third largest number of associate degrees for a single campus two-year public colleges in the United States.[citation needed] The strongest programs at Nassau Community College are music, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, sound recording, and nursing.[citation needed]

NCC offers Associate of Arts degrees in liberal arts, focused on humanities and social sciences, specialized Associate of Arts and Associate of Science transfer degrees, and Associate of Arts and Science degrees and certificate programs designed to serve immediate employment goals of students.[5]

The college operates an astronomical observatory for its students.[6]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Board of Trustees Meeting" (PDF). State University of New York. May 3, 2022. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  2. ^ "Nassau Community College". State University of New York. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Garden City, New York", Wikipedia, 2023-11-23, retrieved 2023-12-30
  4. ^ Alba, Joseph (2020-02-03). "Mitchel Field - New York Aviation History". Metropolitan Airport News. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  5. ^ "Academic Overview". Nassau Community College. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  6. ^ Misdary, Rosemary (2022-05-23). "NYC's first public observatory is running out of time to find a home". Gothamist. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  7. ^ "Phil Baroni". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jay Hieron". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Al Iaquinta". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ryan LaFlare". UFC. Retrieved 2016-08-04.

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