Nassau Community College, located in Garden City, opened in 1960 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY). Nassau, the largest single-campus community college in the state, is the preferred choice for one of every five college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.
Created in 1959 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY), Nassau first held classes in a wing of the old Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, New York. When we opened in 1960, just 632 students took advantage of our affordable, high-quality academic programs. In 1962, we expanded to 135 acres at the former Mitchel Air Force Base and enrollment soared.
Today, our campus spans 225 acres and includes 50 buildings. Close to 20,000 day and evening students and 10,000 continuing and professional students attend each year. We are the top choice for one out of every four college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.
About one million people have attended Nassau throughout our history. Our 140,000 graduates include doctors, attorneys, teachers, and business and political leaders.