ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- For three college students with Orange County connections, this upcoming May is shaping up to be a big month.
In May 2018, Ross Pavelka will graduate from the University of Minnesota with an engineering degree, Samuel Fontanez, Jr., will accept his degree in history from Marist College and Ally Andryshak will collect her communications degree from Manhattanville College.
Although these graduates-to-be enrolled in three diverse programs at three different schools, a common thread unites them all: each is a 2016 graduate of SUNY Orange.
“There are many paths that you can take on your way to a bachelor’s degree,” said Anthony Scalia, SUNY Orange’s transfer advisor. For many students each year, a SUNY Orange degree serves as a launching pad for future academic success.
For instance, Pavelka arrived at SUNY Orange with a bachelor’s degree in history from Iowa State. Having already begun his own family and with seven years of service in the United States Army under his belt, he was the oldest student in the college’s engineering program, which allowed him to mentor his younger classmates.
Fontanez enrolled at SUNY Orange after beginning his higher education at another college, and continued to play baseball and serve as a student representative on the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors. Andryshak enrolled in SUNY Orange's Honors Program directly from Minisink Valley High School, and became active in the college's theatre productions.
“There are many great benefits to attending SUNY Orange," said Scalia. "We have a variety of academic programs, tremendous student support services and an outstanding reputation among four-year colleges and universities that have accepted our students as transfers."
At the heart of SUNY Orange's academic offerings is the realization that no two students' needs and dreams are the same. “Each student’s situation is different," said Scalia. "Their goals and aspirations are different. SUNY Orange's job is to help them define a path, support them along the way and connect them with the transfer institution that best meets their needs.”
Graduates of SUNY Orange can transfer seamlessly within the State University of New York system, but the college has also established transfer agreements with many other colleges and universities. Representatives from other schools visit the college regularly throughout the year and SUNY Orange hosts its own Transfer Fair each fall.
For information on transfer options for current or future SUNY Orange students, contact Anthony Scalia at (845) 341-4072 or click here.