North Country Community College, founded in 1967, is a community college of the State University of New York located in Upstate New York. The main campus is in Saranac Lake, New York, and serves Franklin and Essex Counties; enrollment is approximately 2300 students. It employs 143 permanent and 300 adjunct faculty. North Country is the only public college located within the Adirondack Park. The College, located in New York’s North Country Region, has new campuses in Malone and Ticonderoga. In August 2010, North Country Community College was ranked Best Community College in New York and 22nd among the Best Community Colleges in the United States by Washington Monthly. The college has also been ranked one of the Top 50 fastest growing community colleges in the United States in Community College Week magazine, 101 Best for Vets Colleges in the United States by Military Times and a Top 15% Military Friendly Colleges in the U.S., by G.I.


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The college provides programs in the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in Allied Health, Business, Technical, and Vocational areas. North Country is associated with the State University of New York.

North Country offers a wide array of student activities that center around its close proximity to Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Center and Ski Jumps. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails, lakes, and streams provide excellent opportunity for outdoor recreation are nearby.

College athletics includes Men’s & Women’s- Basketball, Soccer, and Cross-Country along with Women’s Softball. North Country Athletics has won over 10 NJCAA National Championships in a variety of sports.

Most popular majors include Sports & Events Management, Business, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Computer Graphics & Design, Massage Therapy and Wilderness Recreation Leadership. Many other transfer and professional degrees are offered.

North Country Community College was the Official College of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games held in Lake Placid, New York and maintains a working relationship with the Lake Placid – U.S. Olympic Training Centerwhich is located seven miles from campus. Olympic Gold Medalist James “Jimmy” Shea, 2002 is an alumnus.

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