Counseling and support to continue your education!
Transfer to a four-year college is the goal of most RCC students. To ease this process, RCC offers transfer counseling and guaranteed transfer agreements with numerous public and private four-year colleges.
Graduates of Rockland Community College’s programs have enrolled at more than 360 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Our graduates have been admitted to Yale, Cornell, Amherst, Columbia, Cal Tech, Fordham, NYU, Wesleyan, Georgetown, Brandeis, UCLA, Parson School of Design, and numerous SUNY and CUNY colleges.
Each semester, transfer events are held on campus to encourage Rockland Community College students to make direct contact with representatives of four-year institutions.
This is probably the most commonly asked question by students who are planning to transfer to a four-year school. It is important to note that transferring a Liberal Arts degree generally ensures a smooth transition to most four-year schools. However, there is no automatic and complete guarantee of the acceptance of credits.
Requirements May Vary: While an AA or AS degree is commonly accepted, it may not complete all of the requirements for a specific program or major. For example, a student entering a four-year engineering program may require higher levels of math and physics than was required for their two-year degree. The four-year school may accept pre-calculus, but may apply that credit toward a general elective requirement, leaving the actual math requirement incomplete for junior status.
Research Your Options: There may be severe limits on how credit is applied, or not applied, toward a specific major. Research is the key to an effective transfer process. Otherwise, students may find themselves needing an extra semester of coursework in order to enter into the major of their choice as a junior or spending an extra semester at the end of senior year at the four-year college.
If You Are Planning To Transfer: Begin early! Use our online transfer resources found on this page or contact your Student Success Advisor, located in the Technology Center, Suite 8220. Once you have decided on a school or schools, examine graduation requirements and the general education requirements for those particular schools. Each school has its own set of academic requirements.
Ultimately, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure they are taking courses that will transfer. Students should be in contact with the admissions offices of their transfer school choices. Many schools have admissions counselors who work primarily with transfer students. Be sure your transcript is evaluated by admissions personnel who can tell you which classes will transfer to their institution as electives, which classes will transfer into your major and give you some idea of which classes to take here.
Transfer can be a daunting task. If you begin early and prepare carefully, however, you can ensure a smooth transition!
Below is a list of online resources that can help you research your transfer options.
Transferring to SUNY
- Complete list of SUNY Campuses
- Search all SUNY Degree Programs
- SUNY Campus Transfer Office Directory
- SUNY Course Equivalencies
Transferring to CUNY
College and Scholarship Search
- Cappex College and Scholarship Search
- College Board’s Big Future – Search Colleges and Scholarships
- College Insight
- College Navigator
- CollegeNET College Search
- Discover Business – Find Online Business Programs
- Fastweb – Scholarship Search
- Peterson’s College Search
- SUNY Admissions Application
- Apply to up to SEVEN SUNY schools with one application. Students who will transfer with an AA or AS degree from Rockland Community College are eligible to have their application fee WAIVED. (SUNY Transfer Fee Waiver)
- CUNY Undergraduate Admission Application
- The Common Application
- Apply to any one of over 600 colleges with a single application
- View Common App transfer tutorials on Youtube
- Coalition Application for Transfer Students
RCC University Center
- Earn your bachelor’s degree on the Rockland Community College Campus through SUNY Purchase, SUNY Cobleskill, or Bellevue University
- Earn your master’s degree on the Rockland Community College Campus through LIU- Hudson (Long Island University)
- More information on our University Center page
CUNY College Transfer Sites
An alphabetical listing of CUNY schools with links to information on transfer requirements to their schools.
Baruch is an intellectually vibrant college that attracts some of the New York region’s most capable and highly motivated students. Best known for its superb programs in business and management, Baruch has established a national and international reputation for all-around academic excellence. Baruch College Transfer Info
Brooklyn College is an innovative, four-year liberal arts college with a history of academic excellence. From its founding in 1930, the College has offered men and women – immigrants or the children of immigrants, often the first in their families to go to college – the opportunity to receive a first-rate education that leads to productive careers and satisfying lives. Brooklyn College Transfer Info
The City College of New York
Since its founding in 1847, The City College of New York has emphasized two guiding principles: academic excellence combined with access to higher education. The City College of New York is the alma mater of eight Nobel Prize winners and of countless successful individuals in all fields of human endeavor. The City College of New York Transfer Info
College of Staten Island
Academic excellence that enhances students’ intellectual and personal growth, as well as their professional success, is the College of Staten Island’s special mission. Many CSI undergraduates go on to pursue a master’s degree at the College. Doctoral programs, offered in cooperation with the CUNY Graduate Center, are also available. College of Staten Island Transfer Info
Founded in 1870, Hunter is one of the oldest and most distinguished public colleges in the nation. It’s also the largest college in the CUNY system. Hunter provides undergraduate and graduate students alike with first-rate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as in professional fields including education, health professions, nursing, and social work. Hunter College Transfer Info
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Founded in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice has a special mission focused on programs in criminal justice, fire science, and related public service fields. Although originally conceived to serve as the College of Police Science for members of the New York City Police Department, John Jay has always welcomed civilian students and offers a wide range of courses in the traditional arts and sciences and the humanities, as well as those in related professional disciplines. John Jay College of Criminal Justice Transfer Info
Named after Herbert H. Lehman, the legendary New York governor, senator and humanitarian, the College was founded in 1968 and has graduated more than 50,000 men and women who have gone on to achieve distinction in business, government, the arts, social services and many other fields. Lehman College Transfer Info
Medgar Evers College
Founded in 1970, Medgar Evers is CUNY’s newest four-year college. Named in honor of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers, the College offers associate and bachelor’s degrees. Its mission is to serve the educational, cultural and social needs of the central Brooklyn community. Medgar Evars College Transfer Info
New York City College of Technology
CUNY’s senior college of technology, City Tech has been a model of excellence in urban education since its founding in 1946 as New York City Technical College. Offering a host of new and innovative programs, City Tech is still a pioneering force in higher education. New York City College of Technology Transfer Info
Queens College provides a first-rate education to New Yorkers from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. The College opened in 1937 with 400 students and a staff of 40. Today it’s one of the largest colleges of The City University of New York, with a total enrollment of nearly 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Queens College Transfer Info
York College provides students with a one-of-a-kind educational experience. It offers many qualities of a major university, including a distinguished faculty and strong pre-professional programs. At the same time, students benefit from individualized attention and a strong sense of community. York College Transfer Info
SUNY College Transfer Sites
The State University waives the $50 application fee for up to seven college choices for transfer students graduating with an A.A. or A.S. degree from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college, who apply directly to State University four-year colleges for baccalaureate programs. If you are a transfer student seeking the fee waiver, you must answer “yes” to the first question in the “Transfer History” section of the “Academic History” tab.
Students submitting an application for EOP consideration may qualify for an application fee waiver for their first seven (7) campus choices. If a student does not meet both the academic and economic guidelines or the campus to which the student is applying does not operate an Educational Opportunity Program the student will be billed for the fee.
If you are transferring to the last years of a cooperative program, such as a 2+3 program in engineering, you may also have your fee waived.
Students who are eligible for a fee waiver should select “Fee Waiver” as their payment method. If you request a waiver and are found ineligible you will be required to submit payment before your application will be processed.
Attend a transfer fair, transfer information session, advisor in residence, or instant decision day to assist in your transfer process.
Receipt of final transcripts
For a copy of your final transcripts containing official courses completed and any degrees earned, please contact the Records & Registration. Please note that it is your responsibility to request final transcripts from each college you attended.
Rockland Community College welcomes students who have already completed coursework at other institutions. Records & Registration will evaluate your previous credits based on the degree you intend to pursue at RCC.