How to Apply
for Transfer Students
Step 1: Choose which application to complete
You may apply to ESF using either The Common Application OR the SUNY Application, both available online. Follow the directions for the option you choose.
NOTE: Transfers who have earned or will earn an A.A. or A.S. at a SUNY or CUNY college must use the SUNY Application process to receive the SUNY transfer application fee waiver. Additionally, if you are applying for the "3+3" BS/DPT program with Upstate Medical University, you must use the SUNY Application.
2) Complete and submit the SUNY-ESF Supplemental Application on which you must indicate your first and second choice of major and complete all other items, including the essay question response.
3) You may have your college advisor or a faculty member submit a letter of recommendation to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. Recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.
1) Complete and submit The Common Application form on-line, 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.
Step 2: Pay the application fee
A $50 non-refundable application fee or completed fee waiver 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
Request an official transcript from every college or educational institution you’ve attended, including your high school, be sent directly to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. You may also be asked to submit a mid-term grade report for your current semester. If you have earned less than 30 college credits at the time of application, your high school transcript and results of either the SAT I or ACT will be required for review by the Admissions Committee. All transfer applicants are required to submit an official final high school transcript or GED results to verify high school graduation or equivalent.
Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to ESF. Our FAFSA Code is 002851. The recommended filing date is March 1.
- NOTE: International students are not eligible for financial aid.
Already Have A Bachelor’s Degree?
Students who have a bachelor’s or graduate degree are strongly advised to contact the ESF Graduate School to explore possible graduate study. If the student then chooses to pursue a second undergraduate degree, they should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for advice on pursuing an associate or bachelor degree at ESF.
- SAT: 2530
- ACT: 2948
- TOEFL DI: 2530
- FAFSA: 002851
- NYS TAP: 0950
- All Applicants:
November 1, 2015*
- Early Decision Freshman:
December 1, 2015
- Regular Freshman:
February 1, 2016*
- Guaranteed Transfer:
February 1, 2016*
March 1, 2016*
*Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.