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Test Optional FAQs

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.

Application Filing Dates

Spring 2021

  • All applicants Recommended Filing Date: November 1, 2020

Fall 2021

  • Early Decision First-Year Deadline: EXTENDED TO December 15, 2020
  • Regular First-Year Recommended Filing Date: January 15, 2021
  • Guaranteed Transfer Recommended Filing Date: February 1, 2021
  • Transfer Recommended Filing Date: March 1, 2021

Application Codes

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

Honoring Free Expression

At ESF, we support the right of students to stand up for what they believe. Civic discourse and public engagement are essential to our academic mission. Therefore, admissions decisions are not affected by students' participation in peaceful protest associated with matters of public interest, or by disciplinary action associated with such protest.