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Information for Transfer Students

SUNY ESF welcomes transfer students in all of our undergraduate programs of study. Approximately 40 percent of our students transfer to SUNY ESF. Applicants who have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level coursework following high school graduation will be considered transfer students.

For Transfer Students:

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, meaningful protest associated with matters of public interest, or by any disciplinary action that is associated with such protest.

Transfer students are encouraged to enroll at one of the Cooperative Colleges with which SUNY-ESF has a transfer articulation relationship. However, they may attend a college that is not a member of the Cooperative College group and should consult the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office for proper course scheduling and advising.

A transfer student's admissibility is based primarily on their academic performance in all college coursework completed and the applicability of the coursework toward meeting the lower division requirements of their intended program of study at SUNY-ESF. Consideration is also given to the relationship between the student's prior academic discipline and the intended program of study. For most programs of study, a significant emphasis is placed on the student's background in mathematics and science. Applicants to Landscape Architecture should have some background in art or graphic design, and they are required to submit a portfolio for studio placement (Information on portfolio preparation).

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.

Please pay close attention to application deadlines for transfer students.

Click on the “Apply” link above to begin the application process.

Cooperative Transfer Colleges

To facilitate the academic advising process and reduce difficulties associated with transferring, SUNY-ESF has established formalized transfer articulation relationships with a number of colleges in New York and surrounding states. Through our agreements with these Cooperative Colleges we have developed transfer articulation guidelines listing equivalent courses for SUNY-ESF lower division degree requirements and have identified advisors at each campus to assist students in course selection and scheduling. SUNY-ESF Admissions staff members, who also provide academic advising to students preparing to transfer, make regular visits to the Cooperative College campuses.

Transfer Credit

College level course work equivalent to the SUNY-ESF program of study requirements can be transferred to the College, but grades and grade points cannot be transferred. Credit will be awarded only for those courses completed with a grade of "C" or higher. SUNY-ESF will grant appropriate college credit based on test scores achieved through participation in the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program for which the student has achieved the approved examination score . Learn more:

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.

Educational Opportunity Program

The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support, and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be admitted. Offered to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify, academically and economically, for the program. Complete the EOP section on the SUNY Application or The Common Application to apply for EOP. More information about this program can be found at the SUNY EOP website.

  • Note: Transfer students are eligible for EOP provided they have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) or a similar academic and financial support program at their previous college.

Guaranteed Transfer

Guaranteed Transfer is an application pathway available to high school students only. For more information on this option, refer to Information for High School Applicants.

Deferred Admission

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.


Students who have changed their educational plan, and wish to return to the College, may apply for readmission by contacting the Office of Student Support to file the appropriate paperwork. Readmission applies to those students returning from a leave of absence (medical or military), change in educational plan, or academic and/or disciplinary dismissal Readmission is NOT facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who have questions regarding the Readmission process can contact Student Support to obtain information or to schedule an appointment with the Senior Counselor.

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