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How to Apply for High School Students

Early Decision — If you are considering Early Decision, you must understand and submit the Early Decision Agreement. The Early Decision application deadline is December 1.

Step 1: Choose an Application

High School students may apply to ESF using either The Common Application OR the SUNY Application. Follow the directions for the option you choose.

NOTE: If you are applying for the "3+3 BS/DPT" program with Upstate Medical University, you must use the SUNY Application.

SUNY ApplicationOption 1

SUNY Application

Complete and submit both of the following:

You may have your school counselor or a teacher submit a letter of recommendation to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. Recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Early Decision Applicants must complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement (PDF).

Common ApplicationOption 2

The Common Application

Complete and submit the online Common Application form, including:

  • SUNY-ESF specific Member Questions
    You must indicate your first and second choice program of study, upload your response to the ESF essay question and complete all other items.
  • Your Recommender
    Have your school counselor submit the counselor recommendations form online or directly to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. Recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Early Decision Applicants must complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement (PDF).


Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

A $50 non-refundable application fee or completed fee waiver form must be submitted, as directed by the application process you have chosen to use, before your application will be reviewed by the SUNY-ESF Admissions Committee.

Step 3: Send your Transcripts

Have your school counselor send your official high school transcript, including your first quarter grades for your senior year, directly to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office or online through the application process you have chosen to use.

Early Decision Applicants: Your high school transcript must include your senior year courses and first quarter grades. If grades are not available when your transcript is submitted, they may be faxed from your high school directly to the Admissions Office at 315-470-6933 or emailed to esfinfo@esf.edu by the December 1 deadline. If any portion of an Early Decision application is received after the December 1 deadline, consideration of the application under Early Decision or Regular First-Year is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Please pay close attention to application codes and deadlines for Early Decision admission.

Regular First-Year and Guarantee Transfer Applicants: Your transcript must include your senior year courses and first quarter grades.

Step 4: Submit your SAT or ACT Scores

Submission of scores for either the SAT I or ACT (or both) is required for high school applicants. The highest scores for each section from all test dates will be considered. We will accept SAT or ACT scores included on your high school transcript as official. But, if they are not posted to your transcript, you must have them sent from the testing agency. SUNY-ESF’s SAT code is 2530 and our ACT code is 2948.

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

NOTE: International students are not eligible for financial aid.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to SUNY-ESF. Our FAFSA Code is 002851. The Financial Aid application deadline for Early Decision applicants is February 1. The recommended filing date for Regular First-Year Applicants is March 1.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018

  • All Applicants:
    November 1, 2017

Fall 2018

  • Early Decision First-Year:
    December 1, 2017
  • Regular First-Year:
    February 1, 2018*
  • Guaranteed Transfer:
    February 1, 2018
  • Transfer:
    March 1, 2018*

*Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

Application Codes

SAT: 2530
ACT: 2948
TOEFL DI: 2530
FAFSA: 002851
NYS TAP: 0950