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College of Westchester Review

This small, private school with 1,824 students in White Plains, New York, focuses on career-centric training, while operating three divisions: a day division for traditional students, an adult division and an online division. Founded in 1915, the College of Westchester is known for being nimble and always ready to address the quickly changing needs of the workplace. The school offers certificates, associate and bachelor's degrees, and is primarily attended by commuting students from surrounding nearby cities. The college is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Admissions
  • Total enrollment, undergraduate enrollment and graduate enrollment. 1,197
  • Steps to admission:
    • Fill out an application to the College of Westchester & submit an application fee
    • Submit proof of high school graduation or an equivalent award
    • Complete a personal admission interview
    • High school students who are applying must submit a current high school transcript, and transfer applicants must submit prior college transcripts
  • Admission deadline: There are eight different start dates throughout the year, and students can apply for any of those
  • Are transfers accepted throughout the year? Yes

Financial Aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid? 98 percent

Note - The financial aid is only available for those who qualify.

Student Body Demographics
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Sources: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics. Demographic data covers all enrolled students, including those at any campus of the university or studying online.
Featured Programs

Medical assisting

Earning a certificate as a medical assistant specialist will give students the administrative and clinical skills they need to find employment in a health-care office. Associate degrees in medical assistant management are also available.

Intensive accounting computer applications

This certificate instructs students on computerized accounting topics that will be useful in government, banking, insurance and small business jobs.

Business administration

By participating in the bachelor's in business administration program, students focus on management, marketing and finance, as well as problem solving, team building and strategic planning. Another option at College of Westchester is to enroll in the bachelor administration program with a concentration in digital marketing and design or management, and learn even more career-specific skills.

Medical assistant specialist and medical office specialist

Both of these certificates will show you the ropes in gaining the entry-level administrative skills needed in a health care setting.

Culture

The student body at the College of Westchester is mostly female (61 percent) and boasts a low student-teacher ratio (18:1). It's largely a commuter school, and because of that you'll see students from all walks of life on campus, at all times of day and evening at the five-story suburban school.  Students can be as involved as they want to be with the various clubs offered on campus.

The school hosts sporting and community building events throughout the year, such as the student vs. faculty/staff softball game, holiday parties, extracurricular trips, walk-a-thons, blood drives and more. The school is also home to a number of clubs, such as basketball, accounting and photography, as well as the Student Government Association and the SGA newspaper.

In addition, the College of Westchester has an active alumni community, and former students frequently return to campus to speak to classes about their professional experience. The school also hosts a yearly Alumni Homecoming Dinner for graduates, current students, and faculty and staff.

student-teacher ratio (18:1)
At the College of Westchester, you'll see students from all walks of life at the five-story suburban school, at all times of day and evening.  

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Notable Colleges

The College of Westchester is divided into four schools by area of specialization, not including its online category, including the following:

The School of Business offers courses at the associate- and bachelor's-degree level in areas such as accounting and business administration. Students seeking bachelor's degrees in the School of Business also participate in internships.

The School of Digital Media prepares students for careers as media specialists by offering associate degrees in different categories. These include game design, graphic design and Web development, among others.

At the School of Information Technology, students learn the latest in network technology, administration, systems and more. An associate degree and certificate are available. College of Westchester is a part of the Cisco Networking Academies, which has 10,000 members in 165 countries.

Students of the School of Allied Health can opt for associate and bachelor's degrees and certificates while learning about health information management, medical assistant management and more.

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Beth Coyle, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, was named to the Association Board of Governors of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester in 2015.
  • Monecia Samuel, Director of Library Learning Services, was named to the 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar Peer Review Committee. Samuel also won a professional grant from the Copyright Clearance Center in 2014.
  • Kelly Walsh, Chief Information Officer, was named No. 5 on The Huffington Post's list "The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2014."

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click to visit our website.

Sources : Data based on IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) 2013-2014.

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