Transfer Counseling

Counselors are available on each campus to assist students with the process of transferring to a four-year college. This may involve identifying possible transfer colleges, collecting detailed information, and developing a plan of action.

Specific services include:

  • individual counseling
  • transfer days – with numerous colleges represented on campus
  • applications to select local and SUNY colleges
  • college search guides

If you're planning to transfer to a four-year college:

  1. Make an appointment with a transfer counselor in the Counseling Center.
  2. Determine what's important to you in selecting a transfer college:
    • public vs. private
    • cost
    • location
    • program availability
    • selectivity
  3. Identify alternative transfer colleges:
    • attend transfer day events at the college and meet with four-year college representatives
    • research colleges’ strengths and weaknesses
    • talk to counselors, faculty, your academic advisor, and other students
    • use internet search programs
    • read college guidebooks
    • call and request a college catalog and application materials
  4. Narrow your choices down to two to four colleges and investigate them further:
    • visit the transfer college(s) and take a tour
    • participate in "Position Your Transition" college sponsored trips to local colleges
    • take advantage of "On-site Advising" opportunities though the Counseling Center
    • talk to an admissions counselor, inquire about transfer credit and transfer scholarships (bring a transcript)
    • talk to current and former students
    • talk to faculty in your program area
  5. If letters of recommendation are needed, make the appropriate arrangements with faculty and administrators who know you well and are likely to write the strongest letters on your behalf.
  6. Apply for admission well in advance of any application deadlines.
  7. Apply for financial aid as soon as you have narrowed down your choices to a reasonable number.
  8. Make arrangements to have your official transcript sent.
  9. Follow up with the Admissions Office at the transfer college to make sure they have received your application and transcripts.

Suffolk County Community College has entered into articulation agreements with a variety of institutions to assist your transition to a baccalaureate program.   See a list of these institutions on our Transfer Agreements Page.


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Information Links

U.S. News and World Report Provides rankings for America's best colleges and universities. Also includes interactive tools (e.g., class scheduler, application organizer) and guides (e.g., study abroad).
U.S. Higher Education Provides links to regionally accredited universities and community colleges in the United States, listed alphabetically and by state.
Historically Black Colleges Links to more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Petersons Provides comprehensive educational resources covering college search, finding a job, financial aid, and much more.
College Board Brings together all the information and tools that students and parents need to plan for the transition from high school to college, including information on the SAT, college searches, applying on-line, career options, costs, and financial aid. Provides information and tools to research, prepare, apply, finance and get ready for higher education.
College Guide Search for the perfect college for you. View regional and alphabetical lists of colleges or search by cost, size, surrounding community, or type of school.
SUNY Information for prospective students – provides easy access to those who are interested in what SUNY has to offer, and for those students who are transferring within the SUNY System.


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