Transfer Students

Transferring to Suffolk?


Every year over 1,600 transfer students begin their studies at Suffolk County Community College by transferring college credits from other colleges and universities. Your transfer to SCCC begins by applying online or, if you prefer, download the application and mail it to:

Suffolk County Community College
Central Admissions
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899


Next, request official transcripts from both your high school and any colleges you have attended and send them to the address above.


If your prior college or high school prefers to send your official transcript electronically, it can be emailed to Transfer Credits.


Once your college transcripts have arrived, your transfer credits will be evaluated and an official transfer evaluation will be mailed to you. You can view the Transfer Evaluation Tables for an unofficial preview to see how your courses may transfer.


Suffolk also awards transfer credits from a number different sources. Below is a brief description of the various ways students can receive college credit:

Colleges and Universities

Suffolk County Community College will recognize academic credit from colleges and universities that are accredited by regional institutional accrediting organizations, or national institutional accrediting organizations that are recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education.


Credit for coursework successfully completed with a grade of C minus (C-) or higher may be awarded for courses deemed equivalent to Suffolk County Community College courses.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Credit may be awarded to students who have taken Advanced Placement courses in high school and have attained scores of 3 or higher on the appropriate Advanced Placement examinations administered through College Board.


To be awarded AP credit, request a copy of your Advanced Placement Transcript from College Board and send it to:

Suffolk County Community College
Central Admissions
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899

International Baccalaureate

Credit may be awarded to students who have taken International Baccalaureate courses in high school and who attained a score of 4 or better on the IBO Higher Level exams. If the student has successfully completed the diploma program, then credit may be awarded for the Standard Level courses as well with a score of 4 or higher.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit may be awarded to students who pass CLEP exams with a score of 50 or higher. Read more about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Challenge Exam

When a CLEP examination is not available to test prior learning in a course or subject offered at Suffolk County Community College, the student may request, and the college may agree, to prepare and administer a special Challenge Examination for the student.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment is an alternative vehicle for defining, demonstrating and documenting college-level learning achieved outside the classroom. Students may take COL120: Portfolio Preparation, a one-credit course available in the fall and spring semesters. The course encompasses relevant academic content, skill development and ongoing guidance during the process of developing a learning portfolio. Upon completion of the course, students may submit the learning portfolio for evaluation for possible college credit. For additional information, read more about Portfolio Assessment.

Educational Programs Sponsored by Certain Non-Collegiate Organizations

Suffolk County Community College will recognize and may award academic credit for non-collegiate training if the training has been evaluated by either the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) or the American Council on Education (ACE), and college level credit has been recommended by the aforementioned agencies. Students are required to submit an official ACE or NCCRS transcript for evaluation. For Military personnel, a Joint Services Transcript (JST) should be submitted for review.

Foreign Credential Evaluations

Suffolk County Community College will recognize and may award credit for coursework successfully completed at a foreign college or university if the foreign institution is shown to be equivalent to a regionally accredited institution in the United States. A course-by-course evaluation (which includes a document-to-document evaluation) must be submitted by the student to the Office of Central Admissions (see address above) from a credential evaluation service that is a member of either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE).


Students who avail themselves of these opportunities for advanced standing credit and/or receive transfer credit for prior coursework must still complete at least 30 credit hours of academic course work at Suffolk County Community College for an Associate degree or 15 credit hours of academic course work at Suffolk County Community College for a certificate.


Please note: If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and evaluated by an official evaluation agency or national consulate. All foreign educational credentials must be evaluated by an accredited agency.


The Educational Credential Evaluation must be sent to:


Suffolk County Community College
Central Admissions
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899


Please visit the websites below for NACES and AICE to select one of the evaluation agencies:


National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)


Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE)


Once your college transcripts have arrived, your transfer credits will be evaluated automatically and you will be notified of the results. If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and evaluated by an official evaluation agency or national consulate. You can view the Transfer Evaluation Tables for an unofficial preview of how your courses are likely to transfer (available for select colleges only).


For additional information, see the 10 Steps to Enrollment Guide.

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