Special Admissions Options
Students accepted to ESF who wish to defer their enrollment for one or two semesters beyond their original entry date must make this request in writing directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Those students will receive written notification if their request has been approved.
College Credit by Examination
ESF will consider granting college credit based on a student’s score on the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Further information is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Educational Opportunity Program
ESF and the State University of New York recognizes that providing access to an educational opportunity for all state residents means being sensitive to the educational needs of people with varying social, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an academic and financial support program offered at ESF, and other SUNY campuses, to provide a college education for capable students who have not had the same opportunities as other students to realize their academic potential because of limited financial resources and inadequate academic preparation. The program is not designed for students who need only financial assistance.
The basic goal of the EOP program at ESF is to provide qualified students with a college education and the opportunity for personal growth and professional development. Counseling, financial assistance, and tutoring are provided on an individual basis.
To qualify, students must be New York State residents and demonstrate the potential to successfully complete a course of study at ESF.
High school seniors who want to apply for first-year enrollment and EOP status at the College must file either a SUNY Application or Common Application, and indicate they want to be considered for EOP. In addition, they must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal school code for ESF is 002851.
In order for transfer students to participate in the program at ESF, they must have been enrolled in an EOP, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program at their prior college. Therefore, students who are applying to ESF as high school seniors through the guaranteed transfer admissions option, should also apply for EOP, HEOP or SEEK at their lower division college, and must enroll in such a program in order to continue in EOP at ESF.
The Honors Program
For information about the ESF Honors Program visit the Honors Program website.
ESF offers pre-professional advising in medical and health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine), law and public administration. Our Pre-Professional Advising web site offers more information on each of these pathways and an online information request form.