Information for Transfer Students
In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement on March 11, 2020, ESF's leadership is taking proactive steps to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Therefore, effective Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has cancelled all on-campus events for accepted and prospective students scheduled for the spring 2020 semester. This includes Open Houses at both the Syracuse and Ranger School campuses, Accepted Student Receptions, College Information Sessions, group visits and individual appointments. We will be creating virtual alternatives to provide the same information included in our on-campus programs and plan to have them available by March 30, 2020. Links to virtual events will be posted at our "Visit with Us" website.
We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 from First Year and Transfer applicants to all undergraduate associate and bachelor degrees. Please email the Admissions Office at the address below if you have any questions about the application process.
Go to ESF'S webpage for updates on the college's response to the novel coronavirus.
The ESF campus, including the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, remains open. The staff of these offices are available by telephone and email to provide any services or advisement needed by admitted and prospective students.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
SUNY-ESF welcomes transfer students in all undergraduate programs of study. Approximately 40% of our students transfer to ESF. Applicants who have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level coursework following high school graduation will be considered transfer students.
Transfer Student Links
Transfer student admissibility is based primarily on academic performance in college coursework completed and the applicability of that coursework to the requirements of their intended ESF program of study. Consideration is also given to the relationship of the student's prior academic discipline to the intended program of study. For most ESF programs, emphasis is placed on the student's background in mathematics and science. Landscape Architecture applicants should have some background in art or graphic design, and they are required to submit a portfolio (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.
The recommended filing date for transfer applications is March 1.
Cooperative Transfer Colleges
ESF has "transfer articulation" agreements with Cooperative Colleges in New York and surrounding states that identify equivalent courses for ESF lower division degree requirements and designate advisors at each campus to assist in course selection and scheduling. ESF Admissions staff members also advise students preparing to transfer, and they regularly visit Cooperative College campuses. You may attend a non-participating college, but you should consult the ESF Admissions Office for guidance on course scheduling.
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. 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?
If you already have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, you are strongly advised to contact the ESF Graduate School to explore possible graduate study. If you then choose to pursue a second undergraduate degree, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Special Programs & Opportunities
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 can be found at the SUNY EOP web site.
- 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 is an application pathway available to high school students only. For more information on this option, refer to Information for High School Applicants.
Students accepted to SUNY-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 eho wish to return to the College after a leave of absence (medical or military), change in educational plan, or academic and/or disciplinary dismissal, may apply for readmission through the Office of Student Affairs — readmission is NOT facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Contact Student Support to obtain information or to schedule an appointment with the Senior Counselor.
- All Applicants:
November 1, 2019
- Early Decision First-Year:
December 1, 2019
- Regular First-Year:
January 15, 2020*
- Guaranteed Transfer:
February 1, 2020
March 1, 2020*
*Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.
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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.