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Suffolk County Community College

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Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) is a 2-year public community college. As the largest community college in the state of New York, SCCC serves over 26,000 students each year. It offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of fields, including liberal arts, engineering, fine arts, science, and business administration. In addition to its academic courses, SCCC offers skills-focused technical and professional courses, adult basic education classes, and test preparation courses. Its main campus is in Selden, and it also has campuses in Riverhead and Brentwood. SCCC has summer study abroad programs in locations such as continental Europe, the UK, and South America.


SCCC students can choose from 100 certificate or degree programs, which were taught by 313 full-time and 1,347 part-time faculty members as of 2011. Certificate programs, like those in business management or paralegal studies, allow students to gain knowledge and skills necessary for a specific profession or position. Certificate programs can generally be completed within a year by full-time students. In addition to skills- and career-focused programs, SCCC is home to two-year Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs, many of which can prepare students for transfer to a four-year university. Students can earn associate's degrees in many different fields, including visual arts, education, nursing, culinary arts, veterinary science, automotive services, and computer science.

With approximately a quarter of its students over the age of 25, SCCC offers both day and evening classes so that students with full-time jobs can attend classes. It is possible to earn an associate's degree in liberal arts through SCCC's off-hours program, in which all required classes are offered in the early morning, in the evening, or on the weekend. In addition to traditional classroom courses, students may take online courses or enroll in hybrid courses that combine traditional classes with distance-education components.


SCCC has open admissions. Applicants must submit high school transcripts and immunization records; students without a high school diploma or GED may be able to enroll through the ability-to-benefit program. Prospective students must also take a placement test prior to enrolling in classes. While test results will not prevent an applicant from being admitted as a student, scores are used to determine whether a student needs to enroll in developmental education courses. Test results can also indicate a student's eligibility for courses in the honors program.

In 2011, 44% of the student body attended part-time, while 56% were enrolled full-time. This same year, 54% of students were female. The largest racial/ethnic groups in 2011 were reported as 55% White, 20% unknown, 14% Hispanic/Latino, and 7% Black/African American. New York residents made up 97% of SCCC's student population in 2011.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of 2012, tuition was $1,995 per semester for residents attending full-time. A student is considered a resident if he or she has lived in New York for one year and in Suffolk county for six months. Full-time, non-resident students paid $3,990 per semester for tuition in 2012. Part-time residents paid $167 per credit hour in 2012, while non-residents paid $334 per credit hour. Additional costs associated with attendance include technology fees, lab fees, and fees for certain classes like music, distance education, and culinary arts. The total annual estimated cost for full-time attendance in 2011-2012 was $15,888 for in-state students and $19,878 for non-residents. This estimate includes books, supplies, fees, and room and board.

Students may apply for several types of financial aid, including loans and federal, county, and college grants. Some scholarships may be available to qualified students, and SCCC has a tuition payment plan; as of 2012, it costs $50 per semester to enroll in the tuition payment plan.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 26,787 in 2011**
Student Housing None**
Schools (and/or) Programs 100 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 25 to 1 in 2011**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
1 to less-than-2-year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (29)
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (314)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 2007 entering class:
6% within normal program time
16% within 150% of normal program time
22% within twice the normal program time**
Entering Class Size About 4,850 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 65% of full-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling*
Tuition (2011-2012) $4,830 (in-state), $8,820 (out-of-state), includes fees**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Grant or scholarship aid (61%), federal loans (29%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2011: 84% for full-time beginning students**

Sources: *Suffolk County Community College, **IES College Navigator, Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: SCCC Central Admissions Office, Annex Building, Room 111, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784
  • Phone: (631) 451-4056
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