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Suffolk County Community College
Motto Vision, Wisdom, Excellence
Established 1959
Type Co-ed two-year Public Community College
Faculty 475 full-time, 1,289 adjunct
Undergraduates 22,450 total[1]
Location Selden, NY, USA
Campus Suburban/Rural
Curricula 69 Academic Programs
Colors Blue and White
Ammerman Building
Ammerman campus with Huntington Library in background
For other institutions with similar names, see Suffolk College (disambiguation)

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) is a two-year public college on Long Island,NY sponsored by SUNY and Suffolk County, New York in the USA.

Founded in 1959, Suffolk County Community College has three main campuses in Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead. It also has two "satellite" centers in Sayville and downtown Riverhead.

The school was founded largely through the efforts of Albert Ammerman (1914-November 26, 2008) who was the school's President from its founding December 1959 until 1983. In its first year it had 13 faculty with 171 full time students at the Sachem High School in Ronkonkoma and 335 part time students at Riverhead High School until what is now called the Ammerman campus opened in 1962 in the former Suffolk County Tuberculosis Sanatorium (originally built in 1912). By 1977 it had opened a campus in Riverhead and one on the edge of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood.[1]



Suffolk County Community College is one of the largest community college in the SUNY (State University of New York) system and offers the lowest college tuition on Long Island. It offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of areas. It also boasts a low student/faculty ratio of 18:1, a highly respected Honors program, championship athletic teams and devoted faculty.

SCCC offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, as well as a variety of certificate programs. Students may choose from upwards of programs of study in the areas of business; communications and the arts; computing; health, community and human services; liberal arts/university parallel; and technical, scientific and engineering studies.

Many students transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree after attending SCCC. Suffolk is now also partnered with Cornell University through the Pathways to Success Program that allows transfers directly into Cornell degree programs.




The Ammerman campus at Selden opened in 1961. It is the largest, first, and main campus of Suffolk County Community College. Located off of Nicolls Road it has become a landmark of Suffolk County. The main campus is the home to the majority of the sports teams as well. The site was previously a tuberculosis sanitarium.[2]

Only two of the sanitorium's buildings remain (both of which were built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s -- Ammerman Building (the former William Hugh Ross Building for male patients) and Kreiling Hall (the former J.H. Marshall Building for children). School officials deny a persistent rumor that the basement of the Kreiling Hall was used as a morgue noting that the walk in refrigerators there were used for a cafeteria. As of 2008 only three of the 10,000 Norway spruce and Scotch pine trees that landscaped the sanitarium's grounds remain.[3]


The Eastern campus at Riverhead (actually in the hamlet of Northampton with a Speonk ZIP Code[2] [3]) opened in 1977. On Speonk-Riverhead Road, next to Riverhead-Moriches Road (CR 51), the Eastern campus is the smallest of the three.


The Michael J. Grant campus at Brentwood opened in 1974 and is the fastest growing campus. Surrounded by Wicks Road, Community College Drive, and Crooked Hill Road (CR 13), the Grant campus is the solo home of the lacrosse, men's & women's track & field, men's & women's bowling, and men's & women's indoor track teams. The Grant Campus is also home to the Mechatronics Program, a machinist and fabrication job-training program funded by local industry and the largest federal grant ever received by the college.[4] It is housed in its own building, the Workforce Development and Technology Center.[4] Festo Robotics equipment is used in teaching. The program also features a rapid prototyping machine.

Downtown Sayville

The Sayville Downtown Center opened in 2006.

Downtown Riverhead

This satellite center is home to SCCC's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center. It opened in 2008. The campus features a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch.



Brookhaven Gymnasium -- home of three national championship teams since 2003
2003 men and women national championship trophy

The Athletic program is a component of the college's co-curricular offerings. SCCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Athletics are taken place on both the Ammerman and Grant campuses. Men's Intercollegiate sports teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Women's teams include basketball, cheerleading (co-ed), cross-country, swimming, softball, tennis, and volleyball. In addition, the office coordinates an intramural program for men and women.

In the 2003 the men's basketball team won the NJCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship and the women's basketball team won the NJCAA Women's Basketball Division III Championship. The men repeated as champs in 2004.


The nursing program is one of the largest two year, RN program in the country. The Nursing program is offered at the Selden, Brentwood and at the Sayville campuses. The passing rate for the Nursing boards is among the highest in New York State.[citation needed] The program is now partially funded by Good Samaritan Hospital in Islip, NY.

Honors Program

All three campuses have an active Honors Program for students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Classes never exceed 20 students and are often run with less.

Honor Societies

SCCC has two honor societies, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG).

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

PTK membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. Local Chapters:

Ammerman Campus

  • Alpha Zeta Nu (AZN)

Eastern Campus

  • Alpha Eta Psi (AEY)

Grant Campus

  • Alpha Delta Gamma (ADG)

Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG)

ABG is an international business honor society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula.

Local Chapters: Ammerman Campus

  • Chi (C)

Eastern Campus

  • Beta Alpha (BA)

Grant Campus

  • Mu (M)

Notable professors

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