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Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

How can I obtain an application?

Our online undergraduate application is available here. For 2019, 99% of SUNY applicants applied online.

You can call 800.342.3811 to request a paper application by mail.

What is the difference between the online and paper applications?

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.

How can I upload documents to my application?

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 SUNY Counselor Portal.

How can I follow-up on an application that has already been submitted?

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

Who makes admission decisions?

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.

Does SUNY offer Early Decision or Early Action? What's the difference?

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:  Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Geneseo and Maritime. Early Decision applications are due November 1 at Maritime, November 15 at Geneseo and December 1 at ESF. 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, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Binghamton, University at Buffalo, Cortland, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Purchase (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences only), and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. To apply, your application must be received by November 15 (November 1 at Binghamton and NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University). If accepted, you will have until May 1 to finalize your enrollment decision.

How much is the application fee?

There is a $50 non-refundable fee for each SUNY campus choice to which you apply.

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.
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
College of Optometry
Rockland County Community College
Suffolk County Community College
Westchester County Community College

What happens to my application once I submit or mail it?

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.

What is the deadline for applying to SUNY?

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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