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 on Long Island, New York.[3] It was founded in 1959 and is part of the State University of New York.


20th century

Nassau Community College in 2021
Buildings T and P at Nassau Community College

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; the area is still referred to as Mitchel Field, and the government still retains some housing and other facilities in the vicinity of the school's campus.[4]

21st century

On April 16, 2024, the school's food services vendor permanently closed its services, which included the cafeteria, snack bar, and on-campus Starbucks due to the school not entering a new contractual agreement.[5]


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.[6]

The college operates an astronomical observatory for its students.[7]

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. ^ Gusoff, Carolyn (2024-04-19). "Vending machines are now the only food option at this Long Island college. Critics blame "incompetency" from administrators". WCBS-TV. Retrieved 2024-04-21.
  6. ^ "Academic Overview". Nassau Community College. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  7. ^ Misdary, Rosemary (2022-05-23). "NYC's first public observatory is running out of time to find a home". Gothamist. Retrieved 2024-03-30.
  8. ^ "Phil Baroni". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jay Hieron". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Al Iaquinta". UFC. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ryan LaFlare". UFC. Retrieved 2016-08-04.

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