President's Message

Welcome to Herkimer County Community College, one of the top-ranked community colleges in the nation! Since its founding in 1966, Herkimer College has maintained a reputation of excellence fostered by dedicated faculty, innovative programs and outstanding support services.

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 first among two-year college (non-scholarship) athletic programs in the nation by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (Daktronics Cup 2019-2020).

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, and STEM. 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. With more than 20 years of experience offering full degrees and support services online, Herkimer is well-positioned to continue providing an exceptional student experience, regardless of how classes are delivered.

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. In addition to keeping our tuition and fee rates affordable, the majority of our courses utilize Open Educational Resources (OER), significantly reducing the cost of text books for many students. 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. Herkimer College is truly a great value! 

As we move forward, be assured that Herkimer College will be guided by two commitments—offering an excellent education to each and every student and providing for the health and well-being of everyone in our campus community. Over 24,000 graduates are proud to call Herkimer College their alma mater. We hope you will join them.


Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D.