President's Message

Welcome to Herkimer County Community College, one of the top-ranked community colleges in the nation! For more than 50 years, Herkimer College has maintained a reputation of excellence fostered by dedicated faculty, innovative programs and outstanding support services.  McColgin

We are proud of the success of our alumni and students. Herkimer College has some of the best graduation and transfer rates among community colleges. Additionally, the Herkimer Generals athletics program is ranked among the top two-year college (non-scholarship) athletic programs in the nation by the National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators.

More than 40 associate degree and certificate programs are offered in the areas of art, business, communications, criminal justice and law, education, healthcare and service, liberal arts, science and technology. Twenty degree and four certificate programs, as well as support services, are available completely online through the College’s Internet Academy, making it convenient for nontraditional students to pursue degrees or enhance their skills. 

Herkimer College offers a full college experience with on-campus housing and many co-curricular opportunities. With a variety of student clubs and organizations and an active student activities calendar, there are endless ways to get involved, develop leadership skills and explore new interests. 

We support students in a variety of ways, nowhere more evident than in our commitment to access and affordability. Our tuition is among the lowest in the state,  and New York State residents have the opportunity to qualify for free tuition through the Excelsior Scholarship program. The Herkimer County College Foundation Tuition Scholarship is available for Herkimer County residents who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school classes. There are more than 80 other scholarships also made available through the Foundation. In recent years, Herkimer has been a leader in utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER), meaning that there are zero text book costs for those courses. We are proud to have saved our students more than $1.2 million in textbook costs since implementing OER. Herkimer College is truly a great value! 

The Herkimer College community is committed to helping you reach your goals. Over 23,000 graduates are proud to call Herkimer College their alma mater. We hope you will join them.


Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D.