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College of Westchester

The College of Westchester
Motto Education That Works
Established 1915
Type Private, For-Profit, 4-year, undergraduate
President Mary Beth Del Balzo
Students 973
Location White Plains, New York, USA
Campus Suburban
Nickname CW

The College of Westchester (abbreviated CW) (Formerly known as The Westchester Business Institute) (WBI), located in White Plains, New York, is a private for-profit college granting Bachelor's Degrees and Associate Degrees along with certificate options during the Day, Evening, Saturday and Online with programs in business, accounting, allied health, digital media and technology. CW is a member of the Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP) program, as well as of the Computer Technology Industry Association. They offer classes and exams that prepare students for certification in A+, Network+ and certain Microsoft certifications.


  • History 1
  • Academic Programs 2
  • Accreditation 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


The College of Westchester was founded in 1915 in New Rochelle, New York. The College expanded and relocated to White Plains in 1959 and incorporated in 1973 when it became accredited and firmly established as a college, then known as The Westchester Business Institute. It is a contemporary, post-secondary educational institution with a futuristic outlook.

A significant milestone was attained in 1975 when, after careful evaluation, the school was authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the Associate in Occupational studies (AOS) degree to graduates of the Administrative Secretarial and Business Administration-Accounting programs. The first associate degrees were awarded in June 1976. Additional programs received degree in subsequent years: Business Administration Marketing/Management (1978), Computer Systems Management Applications (1982), and Computerized Office Administration (1988). In 1996 the Administrative Secretarial program was renamed Administrative Assistant and the Computerized Office Administration program was renamed Computer Applications Management. The Information Processing Specialist was changed to Computer Applications Specialist.

The second milestone was achieve in 1997 when The College was authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to offer the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in two newly created program areas: Multimedia Development and Management and Computer Network Administration.

In 2003 The College was granted regional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. That same year, The College was granted authorization to change its name from The Westchester Business Institute to The College of Westchester.

Academic Programs

The private college offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Business, Allied Health, Information Technology, Digital Media, Accounting, and Online. CW promotes small class sizes, flexible schedules, and the opportunity to opportunity to take a combination of day, evening, and online classes.

Classes in the Day Division are offered in semesters consisting of fifteen weeks each. Courses are on a semester credit hour basis. Students ordinarily complete their Associate Degree in five semesters and their Baccalaureate Degree in four additional semesters.

Classes in the Adult Division meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:45pm and Saturdays from 8:25am to 5:45pm, except for holiday weekends when classes are not scheduled.

All CW online courses begin on Saturday (unless otherwise stated) at 12:00am and end Friday evening at 11:59pm according to the Online Division calendar. Courses in the Online Division are offered five terms each year for eight weeks each term: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, and Summer. The Online Division is on a semester credit hour basis and a minimum of six credits per term is required for full-time status.


The College of Westchester is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. All programs offered are registered by the New York State Education Department.

External links

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