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Frequently Asked Questions

Freshmen Students

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Who is the top official of the State University of New York?
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Nancy L. Zimpher's appointment as the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York was effective June 1, 2009. Zimpher is the first woman to be named chancellor in SUNY's 60-year history. Prior to becoming Chancellor, Zimpher served as President of the University of Cincinnati.
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How many students currently attend SUNY schools?
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Currently over 467,000 students are enrolled in the State University of New York.
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Does SUNY offer any distance learning programs?
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SUNY has one of the nation's largest distance learning programs called OpenSUNY . It provides educational opportunities for an estimated 150,000 students through 4,000 courses.
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When was SUNY founded?
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SUNY was officially founded in 1948 with the consolidation of 29 unaffiliated colleges.
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What can I study at SUNY?
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You can study just about anything at the State University of New York. SUNY's 64 campuses offer thousands of programs of study - making SUNY the largest and most diverse comprehensive institution of higher education in the country - and most likely the world. Whether you want to study political science, biology, elementary education, engineering or just about anything else in between, you will find an outstanding program at one of SUNY's schools. To research undergraduate academic offerings, visit our online Undergraduate Program Search .
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Do many New York State students choose SUNY?
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Yes. One out of three New York State high school students choose SUNY. New Yorkers recognize the advantages and value of a SUNY degree. SUNY is increasingly viewed as a competitive, quality option for pursuing higher education.
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Do a significant number of out-of-state and international students choose SUNY?
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SUNY attracts students from every other state in the nation and, because of its growing international stature, international students from more than 160 countries.
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Are there many student organizations on SUNY campuses?
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There are more than 3,700 student organizations throughout the SUNY system, ranging from academic honor societies to cultural organizations and athletics, from community volunteer groups to performing arts. Students start new organizations all the time.
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What housing options does SUNY offer?
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SUNY campuses offer a wide variety of housing options that include singles, doubles, suites and apartments. All university centers, university colleges, technology colleges and many of the community colleges offer on-campus housing.
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For what types of research achievements has SUNY been recognized?
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To name just a few, State University of New York researchers pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and the supermarket bar code scanner, introduced time-lapse photography of forestry subjects, isolated the bacteria that causes lyme disease and developed the first implantable heart pacemaker.
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What is the retention rate for first-year students at SUNY?
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The most current data shows that the first year student retention rate for first-time, full-time students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program is 84%.
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What does SUNY look for in prospective students?
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Like every college and university, SUNY looks for students whose academic records show potential for success in college. In addition, SUNY looks for students who have a passion for something and or perhaps have demonstrated leadership skills or a commitment to helping others. Essays, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities give admission officers a better picture of the whole student. There is no exact science to the admission process. We seek to admit the most intellectually prepared, diverse and talented class as possible.
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What degree programs does SUNY offer?
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The 64 SUNY campuses offer almost every type of degree imaginable. The University Centers offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. University Colleges offer bachelor's and master's degrees. The Technology Colleges offer associate and bachelor's degrees. Community Colleges offer associate degrees as well as a variety of specialized certificate programs.
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What are the most popular majors at SUNY?
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SUNY offers access to almost every field of academic or professional study somewhere within the system - thousands of programs of study overall. These include engineering, business, literature, art, medicine, agriculture, education, performing arts, human services and many more. Our online Undergraduate Program Search can be an invaluable tool in matching your interests with a SUNY campus. A Curriculum Index can also be found in the SUNY Viewbook .
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Who are SUNY's most prominent alumni?
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Our graduates are leaders in arts and entertainment, business and industry, health and human services, science, technology, education, law, the media and public service. They are a source of great pride to the university.

Prominent alumni include: Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle; Tom Clarke, president of Nike; Victoria Graffeo, New York Court of Appeals Justice; designer Calvin Klein and Richard Gelford, co-CEO of IMAX Corporation.

Famous personalities with SUNY degrees include Today Show weathercaster Al Roker, opera star Renee Fleming, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and actors Wesley Snipes, Billy Crystal and Paul Reiser.
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What are the differences between each SUNY college or university?
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The State University of New York's 64 campuses are divided into four categories: University Centers and Doctoral Degree Granting Institutions, University Colleges, Technology Colleges and Community Colleges. These categories or sectors differ on educational mission, the kinds of academic opportunities available and degrees offered. All campuses offer excellent academic and student life programs, committed faculty and staff, and rewarding career and advanced education outcomes. Some students find campuses in one sector are attractive. Other students find appropriate options across all four campus types.
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Do SUNY colleges and universities offer visits or grant interviews?
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Check with individual campuses for specific opportunities. All SUNY institutions offer students the opportunity to visit a campus. Many also offer open house programs , campus tours, group information sessions and meetings with faculty and coaches. In addition, you can meet with admissions representatives during open house programs, group information sessions and/or individual interviews.
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I want to research areas of undergraduate study at several SUNY campuses. How can I do this?
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Our online Undergraduate Program Search can be an invaluable tool in matching your interests with a SUNY campus. A Curriculum Index can also be found in the SUNY Viewbook .
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I am interested in pursuing athletic opportunities at a SUNY campus. How can I do that?
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SUNY institutions participate in NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III athletics. Some campuses participate in the NJCAA or USCAA. To research a particular sport and SUNY's intercollegiate offerings, check out our online athletic search tool .
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What are the average SAT scores, GPA, and high school rank for freshmen entering a SUNY school?
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Individual campuses set their own criteria for admission. Therefore, SAT scores, GPA and class rank are evaluated on an individual applicant basis. To get an idea of the freshman class profile for SUNY's University Centers, Colleges and Technology Colleges, visit Admissions Quick Facts . As you research various colleges, ask admissions representatives for information about these criteria and the application evaluation process.
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How do I contact a student or faculty member at SUNY?
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Each SUNY school maintains online directories of faculty, staff and sometimes students. However, if this option is unavailable, contact the campus. If you are a prospective student, interested in speaking with a faculty member or student in a particular academic area, contact the campus admissions office .
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Is a foreign language required for admission?
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Requirements, including a foreign language requirement, vary from campus to campus. Contact the individual Admissions Office at each campus for specific admission requirements.
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Does SUNY have resources to help me look for a job or graduate school?
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Career counseling is available on SUNY campuses to assist graduates in making career choices upon graduation. Career development offices on campus can assist the student with research on furthering their education or can put them in touch with potential employers. Faculty and alumni are also very effective resources to utilize in the job or graduate school search.
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International Students

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What kind of housing is available to international students?
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At SUNY campuses, international students have the access to all residence options. International students interact and live among their American friends.
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Once I am on campus, is there any special support for international students?
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Yes. Even before you arrive on campus, you'll find helpful and friendly staff to help international students every step of the way to allow for a smooth transition to campus life and to ensure your academic and personal success.
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How about final transcripts? Do they need to be translated?
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Yes. All final transcripts must be translated. For translation and evaluation of transcripts, contact an evaluation service provider such as World Education Services , the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. or Education Evaluators International, Inc . For additional credential evaluation specialists, consult the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .
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As an international student, do I need to send other materials with my application?
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All students applying to a SUNY school must complete the standard application. Check the website or ask an admissions officer at the school you are interested in if you need to submit additional forms. Please be aware that you will receive requests for additional information directly from the campuses to which you apply. Most campuses will request the International Student Application forms 2, 3, and 4 which are available in PDF format.
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Can SUNY accommodate my dietary needs?
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SUNY campuses offer a wide variety of meal options that meet most students' dietary requirements. For specifics, contact the Admissions Office .
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Do I need to bring a computer?
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Once you have committed to attending a college or university, the Admissions Office will contact you to notify you of any requirements. Most campuses do not require a computer and offer more than ample computer labs that are open to students.
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As an international student, how do I apply for a student visa?
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You must apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Because applying for a visa can take quite a bit of time (often a month or more, depending on the country), you should submit the application and required documents as soon as possible.
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Who can I contact with more questions?
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The International Student or Student Affairs Offices at SUNY campuses are available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
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What kind of testing is required of international students for admission to SUNY?
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International students must demonstrate basic English proficiency and can choose from a variety of ways to do so. Candidates must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score that varies by campus. You also have the option of presenting a score of 450 or above on the verbal section of the SAT. Each institution's requirement varies, so please ask campus Admissions Offices for details.
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Which student groups focus on international students?
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At each SUNY institution, you will find a wide variety of international student organizations which may be academic, social or community service based.
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Are there community organizations available to my family members while I am a student at SUNY?
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Yes. The local communities that host a SUNY school have always been very receptive and supportive of all SUNY students. Within that community, you can find a wide variety of support groups and community activities available to you and your family.
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What conditions must I satisfy to have TOEFL/APIEL waived?
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In general an SAT verbal score of 450 or better waives the requirements, but each institution's requirement varies.
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Is there any exemption from taking the SAT I or SAT II?
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All applicants who have attended a U.S. high school are required to take and report all appropriate SAT I and SAT II exam results. If you attended a foreign high school where English was not spoken, then you may substitute TOEFL results for SAT scores. We, however, encourage you to submit SAT I and appropriate SAT II scores if at all possible.
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Do A-levels of IBs exempt me from submitting a final transcript?
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No. All students who enroll are required to submit certified secondary school records in native language with an English translation. This requirement ensures fairness because all domestic applicants, even those in IB programs, are required to submit all transcripts as well.
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Where exactly are particular SUNY colleges and universities located?
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SUNY institutions are located all across New York State. You can find them everywhere from the state's largest cities such as New York City, Albany and Buffalo to small towns including Plattsburgh, Oneonta and Geneseo. The diversity of locations makes SUNY stand out among national public university systems. There is an ideal SUNY location for every student. Check out the New York State map of all campuses to find particular campus locations.
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Can I attend a community college as an international student?
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Yes. All of SUNY's community colleges welcome international students.
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Is housing available for community college students.
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Yes. An increasing number of community colleges now offer residence halls and on-campus apartments. This allows students to not only learn in the classroom but also learn from each other in an informal atmosphere. Additionally, many community colleges are near privately owned, affordable apartments where students can live and have easy-access to their university.
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If I attend a community college, is it possible to transfer to a four-year school?
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Yes. SUNY's community colleges have articulation agreements with many four-year schools that make transfer extremely easy. Community college students often transfer to four-year SUNY schools but also transfer to a variety of other public and private colleges and universities.
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What kind of financial aid is available to international students?
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State and federal aid programs are not available to international students. Some campuses do offer scholarships to attract international students. For example, SUNY Binghamton offers an "International Student Grant-In-Aid" that exclusively supports international students. Please contact the financial aid offices of the individual SUNY schools that interest you.
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Parents

Q:
What merit scholarships are available and how does my child apply for them?
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Merit scholarships are specific to each campus. Students are automatically considered for them when they complete a regular application for admission. Check with campus admissions offices for any other merit scholarship application requirements. Merit scholarships may be tied to a specific academic program or talent and are becoming increasingly available to community college students as well. They are competitive and vary from school to school.

View scholarships available at individual SUNY campuses.
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What forms are required and how does my child apply for financial aid?
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  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may get this application from your high school counselor, library or college financial aid offices or you may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov .
  2. Send your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.
  3. Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR) which explains your eligibility for financial aid. Each college to which you apply will receive this information.
  4. Contact campus financial aid offices for answers and advice.
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How do I contact the financial aid office?
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Contact information for campus financial aid offices and FAFSA campus codes are available on this site.
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Does my child need to bring a computer to campus?
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Once your child has committed to attending a college or university, the Admissions Office will notify the incoming student of any requirements. Most campuses do not require a computer and offer more than ample computer labs that are open to students.
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Are SUNY campuses a safe place for my child?
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Safety is an important component of the campus selection process. Students and their families should inquire about campus safety at every institution they are interested in attending.

At SUNY, we take personal safety very seriously. We offer a range of educational and proactive security programs that enhance a student's personal safety. Personal property identification programs, educational programs on sexual assault prevention, late night escort services and trained university police patrols are just some of the ways that campuses help maintain the high level of security. SUNY has installed personal security equipment like blue light emergency phones across campuses, security entrances to residence halls as well as state-of-the-art fire alarm systems throughout the system. In addition, a well trained and effective University Police force ensures a high level of safety. Data from our Student Opinion Surveys indicate students feel they are part of a community that is free from harassment and with a high degree of respect for students. However, we still encourage students to be vigilant with regard to their own safety. Each campus publishes crime statistics for the prior three years so that prospective applicants can gain a measure of the relative safety of each campus. These statistics are available upon request from any campus.
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What if my child gets sick or I need to contact them in an emergency?
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Our system of student health care centers provides a wide range of treatments for just these occasions. The skilled health care workers and emergency personnel on our campuses refer the more serious health problems to appropriate caregivers and hospitals when the need arises.

Emergencies including the serious illnesses of family members arise from time to time that require rapid communication between a family and their student. In the event of an emergency, you can contact the office of the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student Affairs at the campus and ask them to help you make contact. They will arrange to locate your son or daughter as quickly as possible and arrange telephone communication if necessary.
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What does SUNY do to promote diversity?
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The State University of New York is committed to enrolling students of diverse racial and ethnic heritage and students with disabilities. Graduates from every state and over 160 countries come together to make SUNY one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. In May 2012, 24.4% of all students were minorities and full-time minority faculty members made up more than 15.3% of all full-time SUNY faculty.
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I have heard that SUNY is a good school, but how is it rated in outside sources such as US News and World Report's annual college rankings?
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SUNY has been given high marks in rankings by such publications as US News and World Reports and the Princeton Review . For details check out What Others Say .
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What are the study abroad options for SUNY undergraduates?
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SUNY offers over 500 international programs in 60 countries and all 7 continents. Many campuses have an office or staff member to assist students with study abroad choices, requirements and applications.
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What are meal options for students?
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All SUNY campuses offer a wide variety of meal options that meet most student's dietary requirements. For specifics, contact the college's Admissions Office .
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Can students have cars at SUNY? Is a car necessary on most campuses?
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Each campus establishes policies for whether or not students can have cars on campuses and many generally allow students to do so. However, some campuses have certain restrictions on first semester or first year students. These restrictions are designed to aid in the student's transition to college life and in their academic success.
It is recommended that you first contact the campus regarding car registration policies. The campus admissions office is a good place to start. Generally a car is not needed for transportation on most campuses. SUNY campuses are generally very conducive to walking. Some campuses even have connecting corridors that enhance ease of movement. Shuttle and or regional transportation services are provided at many campuses. These services allow students to easily visit the shopping areas and businesses in the area surrounding the campus. Transport on these systems is generally inexpensive and may be free depending on the campus.
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What is the University's policy on alcohol and drugs? Are parents notified if there is an alcohol problem?
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SUNY strongly supports and complies with all state and federal laws regarding the use of alcohol and drugs. Serious consequences result for those students who violate these laws. Sanctions for infractions may include probation, suspension or expulsion from college. In addition, students who violate local municipal, New York or Federal laws may face additional criminal charges.

The privacy of a student's educational records, including judicial records, is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as FERPA. If the college has determined, however, that a student has violated a law or college policy governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, they may contact the parents if the student is under twenty-one. Communicating with parents about these issues may vary by campus.
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What kind of student health program is available for students?
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Each campus generally offers a student health insurance program or can refer a student to a health insurance provider. Student programs can be purchased inexpensively and generally cover a student during the entire calendar year (beginning of one school year to the beginning of the next school year). While the health centers on each campus handle minor health issues, care provided off-campus by physicians and hospitals is not covered by the health fee. Campuses recommend or may mandate health insurance for every student to cover such costs. You should consult with the Admissions Office, Student Health Center, Dean of Students Office or the Vice President for Student Affairs at the appropriate campus.
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Who is eligible for financial aid?
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Across all SUNY campuses, approximately 75% of all full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. SUNY campuses use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov .
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When is the FAFSA due?
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Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. This allows families to have the most up-to-date financial information when completing the application.
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What happens if my child receives outside scholarships?
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Financial aid officers can work with families to see that outside scholarships reduce future debt. Keep in mind that the total of all funds available to pay for your child's education cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
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Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences in a college student's career. Getting to know another culture, living in a new environment, learning a new language, meeting people: all these add up to a kind of education different from what one acquires on campus. Equally important for American students is the discovery of their own country - its customs, its traditions and values - as they come to see it from a foreign vantage point. No wonder that so many returnees from overseas study say that the experience changed their lives.

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Why study abroad?
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There is indeed ample testimony to the fact that students learn well and mature quickly when studying in a different culture. And as all regions of the world become more independent, it is increasingly apparent that the truly educated person is one who has had first hand acquaintance with other cultures, both as preparation for responsible citizenship and, in a more practical way, as a basis for a career. In the words of former Senator J. William Fulbright, author of the Fulbright exchange program, "perhaps the greatest power of educational exchange is the power to convert nations into peoples and to translate ideologies into human aspirations."
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Where are the SUNY overseas study programs offered?
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The State University of New York currently offers over 500 overseas study programs in more than 60 countries and all 7 continents. Programs range from 2-3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad. Courses are available in over 100 subjects, ranging alphabetically from aboriginal studies and aerospace engineering to western philosophy and women's studies. While many programs focus on language learning and are conducted in the language of the host country, many others are conducted wholly or partly in English. To search for SUNY study abroad programs, click here . For complete program listings, click here .
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What about financial aid?
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Most financial aid can be applied to overseas study, with the exception of some program costs and fees. For specific information students should consult the campus financial aid officer and the Director of International Education.
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What does it cost?
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Total expenses are competitive with other highly rated study abroad programs in public and private universities across the country. Program costs are usually only slightly higher than on-campus costs of tuition, room, and board (exclusive of international air fare)-and in some countries expenses are actually less than they would be on campus. Study abroad students pay SUNY tuition (in-state or out-of-state, depending upon New York State residency) plus costs, which vary from program to program. Matriculated students at a State University of New York campus register on their home campus for programs offered at any other campus. They are thus able to maintain residency and eligibility for financial aid. (NOTE: Upper-division students registering at community colleges for overseas programs should consult with their registrar's office about appropriate credit.)
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Who can study abroad?
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State University overseas study programs are, with some exceptions, open to all SUNY and non-SUNY students, with eligibility ranging from first year to graduate level. For many undergraduates, the best time to study abroad has traditionally been during the junior year; however, well-prepared sophomores, and, in a few cases, freshmen are eligible for some programs. For everyone, careful preparation and consultation with the campus Director of International Education are essential for determining where and when to go.
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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

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What is EOP?
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The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Program participants receive a variety of academic support services and modest financial support to alleviate non-tuition costs (e.g. books, supplies etc.) Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University. Note: You cannot apply for both the EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.
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What are the admission requirements for the EOP program?
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Admission requirements will vary from campus to campus so check with the Admissions Office to confirm admission criteria. In addition to meeting appropriate admission requirements, EOP applicants must be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment. To be eligible for EOP, applicants must be ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college-level program.
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Are transfer applicants eligible for EOP?
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Yes, transfer students may apply for EOP consideration if they have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP, SEEK or a similar program at the previous college. If the previous college did not offer EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer to EOP and should notify the college to which you are transferring of your interest.
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Do EOP applicants submit an application fee?
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Students submitting an application for EOP consideration may qualify for an application fee waiver for their first four (4) 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.
NOTE: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admissions processes.
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How do I apply for EOP?
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Applicants to EOP submit the regular SUNY application and indicate interest in EOP. Campuses will often request additional documentation once your application has been received. Your high school record and test scores will be reviewed, as well as information about your goals and interests. This review process will assist admission officers in evaluating potential for success in college.
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Application Process

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How can I obtain an application?
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Our online undergraduate application is available here . For 2013, 99% of SUNY applicants applied online.
A paper application can be downloaded here . You can also call 800.342.3811 to request a paper application by mail.
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What is the difference between the online and paper applications?
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The online and paper applications are alike in content. Online applications are fast, easy and secure. Online applications can be processed faster and may result in a faster response from the admissions office. If using paper, please use the most current form.
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How can I upload documents to my application?
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You will complete an essay if your campus choice(es) require a Supplemental Application . If required, you will see the Supplemental Application in the "Application Details" section of the applySUNY portal. Your school counselor can upload letters of recommendation, an activities resume and your official high school transcript via their portal called CampusConnect. High school students can self report their academic record online by completing SOAR. See more information here .
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How can I follow-up on an application that has already been submitted?
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You may check online for the status of a submitted application by returning to the applySUNY portal . You may contact the Recruitment Response Center by calling 1-800-342-3811 (U.S.), 518-320-1888 (international), or by email at askSUNY@suny.edu .
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Who makes admission decisions?
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Experienced admissions officers on each college campus work diligently to evaluate your application. You will receive an admissions decision from each campus to which you apply.
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Does SUNY offer Early Decision or Early Action? What's the difference?
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Several SUNY campuses offer either early decision or early action. Early decision is a binding program for fall freshmen and can be used for one college choice only. The participating schools are: University at Buffalo, Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Fredonia, Geneseo, Maritime, and Oswego. Early decision applications are due November 15 at University at Buffalo, ESF and Maritime, November 30 at Fredonia and Oswego and December 1 at Geneseo. If admitted, you will be asked to make a tuition deposit by January 15 and withdraw all other college applications.

Early action is a non-binding early application/notification program for fall freshman available at Albany, Binghamton, Cortland, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Purchase (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences only), and SUNYIT. To apply, your application must be received by November 15 (November 30 at Purchase and December 1 at SUNYIT and Oneonta). If accepted, you will have until May 1 to finalize your enrollment decision.
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How much is the application fee and where do I send my application?
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There is a $50 non-refundable fee for each SUNY campus choice to which you apply.
Send your completed application to:
Application Services Center
The State University of New York
P.O. Box 22007
Albany, New York 12201-2007
Most of SUNY's 64 campuses use the SUNY common application. Campuses below require their own application which should be forwarded directly to each campus.

Alfred University, NYS College of Ceramics at
College of Optometry
Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
Cornell University, College of School of Industrial & Labor Relations
Cornell University, College of College of Veterinary Medicine
Downstate Medical University
Empire State College
Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook University
Nassau Community College
Rockland County Community College
Suffolk County Community College
Westchester County Community College
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What happens to my application once I submit or mail it?
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Your application is first received at the Application Services Center in Albany. At this time, one application will be prepared and forwarded to each of the colleges you have selected. Your entire application is then carefully evaluated by admissions officers at each university or college.
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What is the deadline for applying to SUNY?
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While there is no official deadline for applying as a regular decision applicant to SUNY, we do encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible. When campuses or particular academic programs are full for a certain semester, no further applications will be accepted. The sooner an applicant applies, the less likely he/she will be closed out of a program at a particular campus. Freshman applicants utilizing Early Decision or Early Action do have deadlines. See the FAQ relating to this topic.
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SUNY Online Application (applySUNY)

Application Timeline Questions

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When is the application deadline?
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While there is no formal application deadline for freshman applicants, we recommend you apply by December 1 to maximize your chances for financial aid, campus housing and consideration for your major of choice. Please note, some colleges have specific application deadline dates for certain programs of study. In addition, some colleges offer Early Decision or Early Action programs to fall freshmen. Applicants to an Early Decision program should apply by November 1st. Applicants to an Early Action program should apply by November 15th.
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When will my application be processed?
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Applications are processed in the order in which they are received at the Application Services Center. Processing times can vary depending on volume and time of year. If you apply online, you can see the status under "Application Details" including when your application was sent to a particular campus.
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When will my application be received by my college(s)?
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Electronic transmissions of applicant data are sent from the Application Services Center to SUNY colleges three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with the exception of holidays). Hard copy admissions documents are mailed to the colleges every business day and generally take 3-5 days to be delivered. You can expect an acknowledgement letter from the college within a couple of weeks or less.
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When will campuses notify me of the admission decision?
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Many campuses respond to regular decision freshman applicants on a rolling basis, meaning when your application becomes complete, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made and communicated to the applicant. A few campuses have a set mailing date when most admission decisions are sent to the applicants. Transfer applicants are generally reviewed on a rolling basis. Check with the campus(es) to which you apply for specific information regarding the decision making process.

Technical Questions

Q:
How do I save my application? Can I start an application but complete it at a later date? Will my information still be there?
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Each page of the application is saved when you leave that page and click the "Save and Continue" button. If you logout of applySUNY, you can return and your application will still be there.

Be sure to write down your email address and your applySUNY password. You will need to enter that information exactly the same way each time you access your application.
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How do I print my application?
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If you would like to print a copy of your application for your records, you may click on the "Print Application" link at the bottom of each section. You may also use your browser's print command (File, Print) and print each page of the application.
Q:
A red error message appears on the page.
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The red text indicates that there were errors or omissions in that section of your application. If you don't have all the information for that section at hand or otherwise cannot complete the section, you can skip to another section by clicking one of the other section tabs. You will have to complete that section before submiting your applicaition.
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How do I know my application was submitted successfully?
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If you have completed all of the required fields, you will be directed to make arrangements for payment of your application fee. You will know your application has been submitted for processing when you reach the "Next Steps" page. Two business days after submitting your application, you may confirm its receipt by returning to applySUNY. The status of your application will be shown in the "Application Details" section of the portal. You may also contact the Recruitment Response Center with questions regarding your application status.
Q:
I need to complete a graduate application but I only see undergraduate applications on the site.
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You will have to contact the campus graduate admissions office directly. Information regarding graduate program offerings can be found, by clicking here .
Q:
I can't find my high school or transfer college using the wizards.
A:
Try searching using just the state and first character of the city in which your school is located. If your school does not appear in the list, click the "click here" link to enter your school information without using the wizard. If you continue to have difficulty, please contact the Recruitment Response Center .
Q:
No Majors are found in the table.
A:
The majors listed in the curriculum table are determined by the answers you have provided with regard to your student type (freshman or transfer) and enrollment semester (fall, spring, summer). Not all majors are available to freshman students and not all majors are available for the spring or summer semesters.

If you see the sentence, "No curricula found" then that campus does not offer programs for the selections you have made. If you wish to submit your application to SUNY, you may need to change the semester, major or campus you have selected.
Q:
I can't select an entry term for 2014.
A:
Entry terms for 2014 will not be listed in the entry term drop down box if you are using an application saved for the prior academic year. To apply for a 2014 entry term, click "Use my 2013 Application for 2014" in the applySUNY portal.

Application Revision Questions

Q:
How do I fix a typo?
A:
To correct an error once your application has been submitted, you must contact the Recruitment Response Center .
Q:
How do I change my entry date?
A:
To change an entry date once your application has been processed and sent to your college(s), you must contact that college's admissions office . The college will advise you if a new entry date can be accommodated.
Q:
How do I delete a college?
A:
You are encouraged to carefully research your college selections prior to application. A campus choice may be deleted from an application any time prior to submission. After an application has been submitted, you may request to have your application withdrawn by contacting the college's admissions office , however, you will still be responsible for paying the fee to process that application.
Q:
How do I add a college?
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Once your application has been submitted, you can add a college selection by returning to applySUNY. Login in using your email address and password. Then click on "Send My Application to Additional Campuses" in the portal. You will be responsible for an additional application fee for each college added.
Q:
How do I withdraw my application?
A:
If you wish to withdraw your application for admission, you should contact the college's admissions office directly and notify them of your decision to withdraw. However, you will still be responsible for paying the fee to process that application.

Supplemental Application Questions

Q:
Why do I have to fill out a Supplemental Application?
A:
Supplemental applications allow you to provide information about your activities and interests. Most supplemental applications also require an answer to an essay question. This information will be used in the review of your application.
Q:
What is the difference between a SUNY Supplemental Application Form and a Campus Supplemental Application Form?
A:
A Campus Form is a supplemental application that is unique to a particular campus. A SUNY Form is a common supplemental application that is used by many campuses. All campuses that accept this form will request the same information. Therefore, you will need to enter this data only once.
Q:
What are the Essay question topics on the SUNY Supplemental Application Form?
A:
You can preview the information requested on the SUNY Form, including the essay question topics, by printing the SUNY Supplemental Application Worksheet . The essay topics are aligned to the 2013-14 Common Application topics.
Q:
How will I know if my SUNY Supplemental Application Form has been submitted?
A:
Once you have successfully submitted a SUNY Form for a campus, it will appear in the "Completed" section on the respective "Campus" tab in the "Application Details" section of the applySUNY portal.
Q:
When will my SUNY Supplemental Application Form be received by my campus(es)?
A:
Once your SUNY Form has been submitted, it will be made available for download by your campus(es).
Q:
How will I know the status of my Campus Supplemental Application Form?
A:
To obtain the status for a Campus Form, you must contact the campus directly.
Q:
Is there a fee to process my supplemental application?
A:
No.

SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) Questions

Q:
Why am I being asked to report my academic records through SOAR?
A:
SOAR is a web-based tool that allows high school students to submit their transcript information (i.e. high school courses and grades), as well as ACT and SAT scores, electronically. When you complete SOAR, your information is transmitted electronically, and you receive immediate confirmation that your academic record has been submitted. If you request a paper transcript, it will take significantly longer for SUNY campuses to receive and enter your information. (And it's environmentally friendly!)
Q:
If I submit SOAR, do I still need to send in an official transcript?
A:
Your transcript should not be sent at the time of application if you complete your academic record online. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from your high school to your campus.
Q:
What if a student falsifies his or her grades?
A:
Any knowing falsification or omission of information on SOAR will jeopardize a student's chances for admission. Once a student is accepted and indicates his or her intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from the high school to the campus for verification. In the course of verification, any knowing falsification or omission will be revealed. Upon discovery of a knowing falsification or omission of information, the campus has the right to deny admission, deny enrollment or revoke admission.
Q:
Who should complete SOAR?
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All high school students are strongly encouraged to complete SOAR. Transfer students, international students and adult learners should arrange for an official transcript to be sent directly to the campuses to which they are applying.

Additional Documentation Questions

Q:
Are recommendation letters required?
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Many colleges are interested in recommendations or other supporting credentials. Applicants may include such materials if they wish.
Q:
Are official test scores required?
A:
Binghamton University, University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University require that SAT or ACT scores be sent directly by the testing agency.

The remaining campuses will accept SAT or ACT scores from your official secondary school transcripts.
Q:
Are TOEFL score reports required?
A:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by certain colleges . Please contact the college's admissions office directly with questions.
Q:
Where do I send my additional documentation?
A:
The School Counselor form should be forwarded to the Application Services Center at:

Application Services Center
The State University of New York
P.O. Box 22007
Albany, NY 12201-2007

All other documentation should be sent directly to the campuses to which you apply.

Application Fee Questions

Q:
How much is it?
A:
The non-refundable application fee is $50 for each college choice. In addition, applicants to the College of Arts at Purchase College may apply to more than one program of study, but must pay a separate $50 fee for each curriculum choice.
Q:
Do I have to pay it?
A:
The application fee is for processing services; it is non-refundable and independent of an admission decision or a decision to withdraw or decline an offer of acceptance. When you submit an application, you assume responsibility for prompt payment of all fees due. Your application will not be processed until full payment or authorized fee waiver is received.

Students facing significant financial hardship may request their application fees be waived by having their school or transfer counselor complete and submit a Fee Waiver Request Form .

The State University waives the $50 application fee for up to four college choices for transfer students graduation 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 four (4) 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.

Q:
How do I pay it?
A:
Applicants may pay using the following payment methods:

Credit or Debit Card (Visa or Mastercard only). Applicants can submit their credit or debit card payments online. Selecting this payment method allows your application to be processed immediately.

Mail-In Payment. If you choose to mail in a check, money order or credit card information, you will be prompted to print an invoice at the end of the application. Your application will not be processed or forwarded to your campus choices until payment in full is received by the Application Services Center. Fees can be remitted in a single check or money order made payable to "SUNY ASC" in the amount of the total processing fee(s) due. International applicants must pay in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Mail payment to:

The State University of New York
Application Services Center
P.O. Box 22007
Albany, New York 12201-2007

(Returned checks will be subject to an additional processing fee of $20.00.)

Electronic Check (United States Banks Only). Applicants can enter their checking account information online for payment. Selecting this payment allows your application to be processed immediately.

All appeals for refunds must be put in writing to the Director of the Application Services Center.

Q:
I already paid it.
A:
If you are billed for the application processing fee in error, contact the Recruitment Response Center .
Q:
Who should I contact if I have questions about the charges to my credit card?
A:
Direct all questions regarding charges to your credit card to the Recruitment Response Center .

Forms Questions

Q:
Where can I download an Online Application Worksheet?
A:
Download an Online Application Worksheet from our Web site.
Q:
Where can I download a SUNY Supplemental Application Worksheet?
A:
Download a SUNY Supplemental Application Worksheet from our Web site.
Q:
Where can I download a school counselor form?
A:
Download the School Counselor form from our Web site.
Q:
Where can I download the FSA-2, FSA-3 and FSA-4?
A:
Download: FSA-2, FSA-3, FSA-4
Q:
Where can I download a Fee Waiver Request form?
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SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR)

Q:
What is the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR)?
A:
SOAR is a web-based tool that allows you to submit your transcript information (i.e. your high school courses and grades), as well as your ACT and SAT test scores, electronically.
Q:
Why does SUNY recommend SOAR?
A:
When you complete SOAR, your information is transmitted electronically; and you receive immediate confirmation that your academic record has been submitted. If you request a paper transcript, it will take significantly longer for SUNY campuses to receive and enter your information. (And it's environmentally friendly!)
Q:
If I submit SOAR, do I still need to send in an official transcript?
A:
Your transcript should not be sent at the time of application if you complete your academic record online. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from your high school to your campus.
Q:
What if a student falsifies his or her grades?
A:
Any knowing falsification or omission of information on SOAR will jeopardize a student's chances for admission. Once a student is accepted and indicates his or her intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from the high school to the campus for verification. In the course of verification, any knowing falsification or omission will be revealed. Upon discovery of a knowing falsification or omission of information, the campus has the right to deny admission or enrollment.
Q:
I am an international student. Should I complete SOAR?
A:
No. Please review the Academic Credentials section of the General Admissions Guidelines for instructions on how to submit transcripts from high schools outside the U.S.
Q:
I am a transfer student. Should I complete SOAR?
A:
Transfer students who have earned less than the equivalent of one year of study (generally 24-30 credit hours) should arrange for their high schools to send transcripts directly to the campuses to which they are applying.
Q:
I am a home-schooled student. Should I complete SOAR?
A:
Home schooled students are strongly encouraged to complete SOAR. You will have the option to select "I was home-schooled" on the high school information page. You may be required to provide additional information and documentation.
Q:
I am an adult learner and have been out of high school for a number of years. Should I complete SOAR?
A:
No. Adult learners should arrange for their high schools to send transcripts directly to the campuses to which they are applying.
Q:
I earned a GED. Should I complete SOAR?
A:
No. Students who did not graduate high school, but who earned a General Equivalency Diploma, should submit their GED score reports and diplomas directly to the campus admissions office.
Q:
I applied using the Common Application. Can I complete SOAR?
A:
Yes. Any student who applies online to a participating SUNY campus can complete SOAR, regardless of the type of application submitted.
Q:
Which SUNY campuses accept SOAR?
Q:
Who should I contact if I have questions about SOAR?
A:
Direct all questions regarding SOAR to the Recruitment Response Center
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