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Undergraduate Admissions
Test Optional Admissions

SUNY has temporarily suspended SAT and ACT testing requirements for admission to bachelor's degree-granting campuses for the spring 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 terms. You can now choose to have your scores considered at each SUNY college to which you apply. Considering this option? Get answers to your questions here.

Applicants will have an opportunity to check "Yes" or "No" when applying for admission to indicate if scores should be considered when ESF is reviewing the application. Although a preference cannot be changed online once the application has been submitted, please contact the ESF Office of Admissions to request a change. We will do our best to accommodate your preference. Once an admission decision has been made, changes cannot be accommodated.

Scholarships that are awarded based on academic performance will no longer factor in test scores as part of the consideration. If you apply test optional, you will still be given full consideration for scholarships based on your academic achievements in a strong curriculum.

Test scores are not required to be considered for the Honors Program. The ESF Honors Program remains a great opportunity for highly motivated students. Most students who enter the Honors Program are in the top 20 percent of their high school class and have a cumulative GPA of 92% or higher.

If a student indicates on the application that they are applying without consideration of SAT or ACT exams, any test scores already on file or included on a student's transcript, will not be included in the review of that student's application.

For the purpose of reviewing the application and making an admission decision, test scores may be submitted directly from the testing agency, on your high school transcript or from an applicant's score report (to be followed by official scores).

If you choose to have test scores included in your application, those scores, sent from the testing agency or posted to your final official high school transcript), will be required prior to enrollment.

Applicants interested in ESF's joint programs with Upstate Medical University are required to provide standardized test scores.

International applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of the application process. However, students whose first language is not English are required to meet ESF's English language proficiency requirement. Please see requirements for international students.

Due to the circumstances prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, ESF has adopted a test-optional admission policy for the 2021 and spring 2022 application cycle. We will evaluate and share requirements for future applicants to the College as soon as possible.