One of the largest community colleges in the state, Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) is a two-year public college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The school’s history dates back to 1959 when the college was established. In 1960, this college started offering classes from Sachem Junior-Senior High School in Ronkonkoma, New York. Eventually a 130-acre area of land was provided for building a permanent campus in Selden by the supervisors of Suffolk County.
Currently, the college operates through three campuses: Ammerman Campus in Selden, Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood, and Eastern Campus in Riverhead. The Ammerman Campus in Selden is spread over an area of 156 acres and has about 14 academic and administrative buildings. SCCC has an enrollment of more than 26,000 students and offers about 65 degree and certificate programs.
SCCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award associate degrees and certificates.
The school offers the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) for students who eventually want to transfer to a four year university or college to pursue a four-year baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. Associate of Arts candidates specialize in areas such as Communications and Media Arts or Liberal Arts & Sciences – Humanities, International Studies, Social Sciences, Adolescence Education, and Child Study. Students pursuing the Associate of Science can opt for a specialization in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Engineering Science, Human Services, and Music.
The school also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program for students who want to begin working in a particular profession immediately after completing a course of study. The areas of study that these students can opt for include Accounting, American Sign Language, Business Administration, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Computer Art, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, and Fire Protection Technology.
SCCC offers numerous career certificate programs in areas such as Accounting, Automotive Service, Business Management, Information Processing, Retail Management, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and Fire Investigation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The college follows the Full Opportunity Program for admissions. All residents of Suffolk County who have graduated from approved high schools or have earned the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (or equivalent) are eligible to enroll. Students who do not meet these criteria can apply for admissions under the Ability to Benefit program.
SCCC’s admissions procedure involves submitting the completed admission application form and official high school transcripts. They can also submit their ACT/SAT scores (if available). Students wanting to enroll for Fall semester are recommended to apply by early April and those wanting to enroll for the Spring semester should apply by early November. Transfer students must submit official copies of their college transcripts to the Admissions Office.
Some programs have specific application procedures and admissions requirements. These include factors such as high school record, completion of required prerequisites, grade point average, objective test data and work experience. In certain programs where admission is granted on a competitive basis, preference is given to the students who have completed their prerequisite course work at Suffolk County Community College and are residents of Suffolk County.
International students are recommended to apply for admissions at least 90 days prior to the date when the classes are scheduled to begin. International applicants are required to meet the International Student Advisor along with the Suffolk County resident sponsor.
Financial aid is available to help eligible students meet their educational expenses, bridging the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses. Various financial aid programs available for students who qualify include grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS). Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans and Federal Parent Loan (PLUS). Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include National Science Foundation Scholarship, Suffolk County Legislature Scholarship, Get There From Here Scholarship, and Suffolk Community College Foundation Scholarships.
To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Student Financial Aid Details
There are various student-centered resources to make the learning experience lively. Counseling and Advising services are provided to the students to help them succeed in their academic endeavors. Transfer information and career guidance is readily available for the students. The Campus Activities office provides numerous opportunities for getting involved in the campus life. Students are actively encouraged to get involved in student organization programs and campus governance. Various activities such as musical performances, art exhibits, lectures, trips, and workshops are organized for the students on a regular basis.
Child care services are also provided for the children of the students, staff, and faculty. The campus features a bookstore that stocks new and used books, apparel, accessories, school and office supplies, software, and computer peripherals.
This school does not provide on-campus housing facility for students. Dining facilities are available for the students at the Babylon Student Center in the Ammerman campus.
Student Enrollment Demographics
SCCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region 15. The college athletic teams include men’s baseball, soccer, basketball, bowling, outdoor track and field, swimming, tennis, and golf. The women’s teams include bowling, swimming, basketball, outdoor track and field, cross country, tennis, softball, soccer, and volleyball. The college athletic teams are known as the Sharks.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.