New student looking for a degree? (Matriculated Student)
Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult learner changing careers,
Suffolk County Community College has degree and certificate programs for you. Many of these programs provide opportunities to transfer or be admitted jointly to a four-year college or university. Here are a few reasons to choose Suffolk.
To help you explore your goal for attending Suffolk, visit Admissions Procedures. The admissions process takes only a few steps and applying online is quick and easy.
Follow the Steps to Apply to get started.
Have your high school mail your official transcript to the Central Admissions Office
to complete the application process. If you have a high school equivalency diploma,
mail a copy of the diploma with scores to the Central Admissions Office. If you attended
another college or plan to transfer credits, see Transfer Students.
For additional information, see the New Student Guide to Enrollment.
The College believes liberal admission requirements are an essential part of its philosophy
and, in that context, has maintained a Full Opportunity Program of admission for many
years. Full Opportunity means the College offers acceptance in an appropriate program
to all applicants residing in Suffolk County who have graduated from an approved high
school or hold the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (or equivalent).
Applicants over the age of 18 who do not meet these requirements should contact one
of the campus admissions offices for alternate admission procedures under the Ability
to Benefit (ATB) program. These procedures include the testing of the applicant and
counselor review of all testing data and academic credentials prior to the admission
process. Federal guidelines on testing cut-off scores are utilized for admission purposes.
Students who wish to transfer to Suffolk County Community College from another college
are accepted if they have left their previous institution in good academic standing.
See Transfer Students for transferring in credits.
Some majors have special admission procedures and entrance requirements. Admission
into these programs is based on factors such as completion of required prerequisites,
grade point average, high school record, work experience and objective test data.
For majors with competitive admission requirements, preference may be given to students
who complete their prerequisite course work at Suffolk County Community College. In
addition, Suffolk County residents will be given preference over residents of other
New York State counties for admission into competitive programs in those cases where
the program is available in the student’s county of residence. Furthermore, applicants
from outside New York State, including those from outside the United States, will
be considered for admission to competitive/restricted programs only after the admission
of all qualified Suffolk County and New York State applicants.
Specific admission requirements and application procedures for each of Suffolk County
Community College’s curricula can be found in the individual detailed curriculum descriptions
in the Curricula section of this catalog. Students enrolling in other than New York
State registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize eligibility for financial
The application deadline for new students is one week prior to the start of classes
for both the fall and spring semesters. Nevertheless, applicants are urged to file
their application by November 1 for spring admission and April 1 for fall admission
in order to assure early consideration of their application and the greatest selection
of program and course offerings. In addition, the following programs admit freshmen
for the fall semester only and give preference to applications received by January
15: Nursing and Practical Nursing (except August 15 for select options), Occupational
Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Veterinary Science Technology.
Transfer students may be accepted for the spring into a competitive program on a case-by-case
Matriculated status is granted to every student who is admitted into a degree or certificate
program at Suffolk County Community College. Matriculation assures a student that
the requirements for a particular program which are in effect at the time of matriculation
will remain in effect until that student graduates.
Matriculated students may attend classes on a part-time (1-11.5 credits per semester)
or full-time (12 or more credits per semester) basis and may schedule their classes
during the days, evenings, weekends, or online on any of the college’s three campuses.
To be eligible for financial aid, students must be matriculated and taking courses
required for or applicable to their current degree program.
Loss of matriculation occurs if the student:
- applied and was accepted to the College, but never attended.
- was matriculated in a program with limited seat availability (e.g., Automotive Service
Specialist, Automotive Business, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair, Cybersecurity
Information Assurance, Emergency Medical Technician: Paramedic, Nursing, Occupational
Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Toyota T-TEN Automotive
Service, and Veterinary Science Technology) and did not attend during the semester
of acceptance (excluding wintersession and summer session).
- did not enroll in credit-bearing courses at the College for two or more consecutive
semesters (excluding wintersession and summer session).
- was academically dismissed or if the student’s matriculation status was rescinded
for academic reasons.
- graduated from Suffolk and is not subsequently pursuing an additional degree or certificate.
Non-matriculated status is assigned to any student who wishes to take classes at Suffolk
County Community College but who has not been admitted into a degree or certificate
program or for a student who has lost matriculation status. Non-matriculated students
can register for 1 through 11.5 credits per semester and are not eligible for financial
Non-matriculated students in “good academic standing” must apply for admission or
readmission to continue in a program and are required to follow the curriculum requirements
for the term of application. Students who have previously attended Suffolk, but are
not in good academic standing, must see a Campus Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
for evaluation of readmitting into a program.
Admission of international students requires the issuance of a SEVIS I-20 form to
qualify for F-1 non-immigrant student status in the United States. International students
should contact the International Counselor's office or visit International Students for information and forms regarding international admissions.
International students outside of the United States may have their Suffolk County
resident sponsor request a meeting with the International Counselor. International
students are encouraged to file applications at least three months before the start
of classes for both the fall and spring semesters.