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- Freshmen Students
- International Students
- Study Abroad
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
- Application Process
- SUNY Online Application (applySUNY)
- SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR)
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.
View scholarships available at individual SUNY campuses.
- 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 .
- Send your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.
- Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR) which explains your eligibility for financial aid. Each college to which you apply will receive this information.
- Contact campus financial aid offices for answers and advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
NOTE: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admissions processes.
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.
- 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
SUNY Online Application (applySUNY)
Application Timeline Questions
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.
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.
Application Revision Questions
Supplemental Application Questions
SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) Questions
Additional Documentation Questions
The remaining campuses will accept SAT or ACT scores from your official secondary school transcripts.
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
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.
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.
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