Student Life

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Developing your potential at CW happens both inside and outside the classroom. We offer many opportunities for personal, social, cultural and professional growth. Getting involved with clubs and other on campus activities will enrich your CW experience and help you develop leadership skills to use for the rest of your life.

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Honors Program

CW Honors Program
The Honors Program for Associate Degree students at The College of Westchester offers an enriched course of study for exceptional students. Eligibility is based upon performance in high school or college and a personal essay. To qualify a student must have a high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students may apply at any point during their associate program and must complete it by the end of the program. Once students are accepted into the Honors Program, they will complete three research papers of choice while pursuing their degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in order to maintain membership in the Honors Program. Honors Program graduates wear a stole over their gowns at Commencement.

Baccalaureate Honors (The Honors Research Seminar)
This honors seminar is designed to introduce high-achieving bachelor-level students to research. This credit-bearing course provides select students with an opportunity to conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty researcher. Bachelor-level students will learn about the academic research process through presentations, guest lectures and research assignments. At the conclusion of the seminar, student researchers will showcase their research projects at college sponsored colloquia. Eligibility includes junior status, a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average, demonstrated research ability, and recommendations from bachelor-level faculty. Successful completion of this course will culminate distinction at graduation.


Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa is not only recognized as the official honor society for two year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges but also is the largest honor society in American higher education. Beta Pi Gamma, The College of Westchester’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, inducts members semi-annually and eligibility is based on completion of 24 credits at CW and maintaining outstanding academic achievement of a 3.5 grade point average. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a valuable addition to the college experience and offers students more than $36 million in transfer scholarships.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
The intent of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement. Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest international recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must have completed 72 credits and rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.

Activities/Clubs may vary by semester/term.

Students considering a career in accounting or interested in the subject area participate in activities that include discussions of various employment opportunities, field trips, business lunches, guest speakers and tutoring students who need extra help in accounting or math.

Students interested in the medical fields are encouraged to participate in this club which involves study groups, field trips, guest speakers, and an annual health fair that serves to further develop understanding and build camaraderie in the business of healthcare.

The Business Club introduces its members to business and non-profit in Westchester and beyond. The club also serves as the coordinating group for CW’s Enactus Team. Enactus™ is “… a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress…” We have the opportunity to work on projects throughout the year that can enhance the work of a non-profit organization, or help a small business get off the ground and grow. The club and the team are open to students of all majors.

Caribbean Student Association (CSA) is a club created to educate students about their Caribbean roots and develop appreciation for the Caribbean culture. Club members explore the cultural diversity between the different islands to educate each other on traditions to create a home away from home experience for the CW Family.

The mission of “Brothers United” is to promote self-awareness, confidence, knowledge, and leadership amongst men. We feel that in a society where “the gentlemen” seems to longer exists, creating a brotherhood where men can come together and be exactly that, “MEN” will be very beneficial to all those who are involved socially, emotionally, and mentally. Brother’s United will challenge men to be the best possible version of themselves while also teaching what it means to be a gentlemen through round table discussions, self-awareness seminars, and of course through actions. Brother’s united will do volunteer work, community service, and a host of other things that will promote growth as men. It won’t be just a group, but a brotherhood, where all members will be treated with respect and as family amongst one another. The ultimate goal of the brotherhood is to have all members eventually have a sense of self, while taking skills learned, characteristics gained, and the act of being a gentleman and applying it to their everyday lives as needed for the rest of their lives.

The mission of “sisters united” is to promote self – awareness, individuality, confidence, knowledge, leadership and a sisterhood amongst women. Sisters United will represent our college and serve our communities with our hard work and determination to ultimately become role models. Society places unrealistic expectations on women. We will no longer fit a mold, an idea of what a woman should look like and be. Barriers will be broken and a new wave of strong ambitious women will emerge. In Sister United we promote independence, success, confidence and an insatiable desire to be the best not only in our classes but in our communities as well. We will learn from each other and encourage one another. Making changes one day at a time through our community service, empowerment seminars, and regular meetings. We are not just a club. We are a sisterhood. WE ARE SISTERS UNITED.

Creative Evolution offers students who have a strong interest and passion for the fashion industry to collectively generate activities related to fashion creativity, style, and business. The club exists to provide a place where members can meet to share ideas, skills, and experiences in a positive learning and recreational environment.

This club provides opportunities for students to share their creative and digital talents with one another as well as with the CW community. Students will learn how to present and speak about their artwork to other students, faculty, and staff. Activities include collaborating with other clubs to create designs (flyers, logos, etc.), host art showcases, and develop special group projects.

Full Focus provides students with the ability to share their interest in photography, to discuss topics concerning cameras and photography as an art form, and to learn how to be a better photographer. The club also provides students with opportunities to evaluate photography and participate in exhibitions and competitions.

The Just Dance Crew fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and a blend of distinctive dance forms to provide students with an exciting, healthy, safe and motivating way to get in shape and stay fit. The mission is to build an interest in each student to take care of themselves and stay in shape while going to school and balancing a busy life. Aside from weekly sessions the Just Dance Crew performs at college events.

Student members of NABA are part of a network that provides opportunities for growth and success in the global business marketplace. NABA’s members share and promote a professional ethos – “Lifting as we Climb!” Student members must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

This group provides a community for students interested in Information Technologies to gather and exchange ideas and to learn more about the field, as well as to socialize with others who share a common interest. The Networking Club also sponsors the “PC Doctor” which offers reasonably priced computer services throughout The College.

This club was created to give students an opportunity to further develop their skills of reading, writing, and sharing the written word, both their own and other writers. It offers students the opportunity to strengthen their communication skills in a productive and stress-free environment, further preparing them for success in the workforce and encouraging self-expression.

Published each semester, the SGA newspaper, Student Voices, is comprised of articles, photographs, and artwork submitted solely by students about all aspect of students’ lives.

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The CW Warriors Men’s Basketball Team, which plays in a White Plains sports league, is supported by faculty and staff coaches and student managers. Try-outs take place in November and the team practices and plays weekly from December through March.

The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to support and stimulate the academic, cultural, social, and physical welfare of all students at The College of Westchester and serves to make decisions on behalf of the entire student body. Comprised of a committee of equal participants, any student with the necessary commitment, interest, and time may be a member of the SGA. The SGA represents the best interest of students by sharing student concerns with The College administration, serving as a source for student representation on College-wide committees, recommending student activities, managing student events, and supporting official College programs, initiatives, and functions. The SGA is highly regarded by both faculty and students. It gives students the opportunity to exercise leadership, express opinions, and work together toward achieving common goals.

Maintaining close ties with our alumni is an important goal of our college. We encourage graduates to remain active by gathering with fellow graduates for recreational outings, serving on an alumni steering committee, speaking to CW classes, becoming involved with our Career Services Department, and attending alumni meetings. Lifetime placement is also available to alumni and many of our alumni take advantage of this service.

The Stars and Stripes Student Support Club is a student organization that is a source of support to student military member and veterans in their transition to college. It provides positive engagement between military members/veterans and other students on campus.

Each semester one associate and one BBA student from each division (Day, Adult and Online) is selected by the faculty to receive the Student of the Semester award. This award is presented to a student with a minimum 3.8 cumulative average who has demonstrated excellent academic progress and overall academic achievement.

Every academic year selected Associate Degree and Bachelor of Business Administration graduates receive the Dr. Milton E. Cagan Award in memory of the former President of The College of Westchester. This is an academic excellence award and the recipients are selected according to the following criteria: academic achievement, overall service to The College, its student body and society in general, and attitudes and characteristics exemplifying the desire to succeed in college, at work and in social life.

Each academic department offers a commencement award to one Associate Degree Day student and one Adult Division student in its department who has demonstrated the qualities of academic excellence and student leadership.

The Excellence in Digital Media Award was established in 2004. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, initiative, and commitment, while excelling beyond course and curriculum requirements. The recipients of this award also exhibit a genuine commitment to The College, as well as to other students and the community.

This award recognizes outstanding Computer Network Administration graduates. The recipients are selected according to the following criteria: academic achievement and exceptional work ethic, overall service to The College, accomplishment of information technology certifications, attainment of relevant information about current industry issues, learning opportunities, best practices and standards and insight that focuses on staying engaged and ahead in the IT industry.

This award was established in 1986 and recognizes outstanding Day, Adult and Online Division, and Online Associate Degree Business Administration-Management/Marketing graduates and Bachelor of Business Administration graduates in honor of Mr. Sterling. John F. Sterling is the former regional Vice-president of South-Western Publishing Company and a longtime friend of The College of Westchester. Throughout the years, Mr. Sterling has made valuable contributions to The College. The students selected for this award must have the characteristics exemplified by Mr. Sterling: academic excellence in marketing, effective communication skills and an orientation toward sales.

Established in 1999, this award recognizes outstanding Day and Adult Division Associate Degree and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting graduates. The award is named in honor of Mr. Marc Polcek, a respected Accounting faculty member and Chairperson who taught at The College of Westchester from 1976 to 1999. The student selected for this award must have the characteristics exemplified by Mr. Polcek: academic excellence in accounting, overall commitment to The College and to other students, and student leadership and/or community service.

The Allied Health Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Health Information Management or the Medical Assistant Management program. The student selected for this award, in addition to demonstrating academic excellence, must also demonstrate that he/she has positively impacted the lives of other students or people within their community.

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate who was a recipient of a CWCF Scholarship. The CW Charitable Foundation awards scholarships to deserving students based on need and talent. The student selected for this award, in addition to being a scholarship recipient, will have demonstrated academic excellence, student leadership and a commitment to The College and to other students.