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SUNY Orange Students Transfer Successfully

In May of 2018, Ross Pavelka will graduate from the University of Minnesota with an engineering degree. Samuel Fontanez, Jr., is expected to accept his degree in history (with a minor in political science) from Marist College. And Ally Andryshak will collect her communications degree from Manhattanville College.

Three soon-to-be college graduates enrolled in vastly diverse programs at three different educational institutions. The thread that unites them? Each is a 2016 graduate of SUNY Orange. And, each, in a uniquely different way, is proof that a community college education, specifically a SUNY Orange degree, can serve as a launching pad to future academic successes, regardless of a student’s background.

Pavelka arrived at SUNY Orange with a bachelor’s degree in history from Iowa State, a family and seven years of service in the United States Army. He was the oldest student in the College’s engineering program, often mentoring younger students.

Fontanez enrolled at SUNY Orange after a false start at another college. He played baseball and served as the student representative on the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors. Andryshak matriculated directly from Minisink Valley High School, was active in theatre productions and successfully completed SUNY Orange’s challenging Honors Program.

“There are many paths that you can take on your way to a bachelor’s degree,” says Anthony Scalia, SUNY Orange’s transfer advisor. “There are many great benefits to attending SUNY Orange. 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.

“Each student’s situation is different. Their goals and aspirations are different. SUNY Orange’s job is to help them define a path, support them along the way and, for those who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree, 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 a sizable Transfer Fair each autumn.

For information on transfer options for current or future SUNY Orange students, contact Scalia at (845) 341-4072 or visit


Mike Albright