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How to Apply for Transfer Students

Already Have a Degree?

If you already have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, you are strongly advised to explore ESF graduate study options.

If you choose to pursue a second undergraduate degree, contact the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office.

Step 1: Choose an Application

Transfer students may apply to ESF using either the Common OR SUNY application.

You must use the SUNY Application if...

  • you have earned or will earn an A.A. or A.S. at a SUNY or CUNY college and you wish to receive the SUNY transfer application fee waiver, or,
  • you are applying for the "3+3" BS/DPT program with Upstate Medical University.

Option 1SUNY Application

SUNY Application

Complete and submit both of the following:

You may have your college advisor or a faculty member submit a letter of recommendation to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. Recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Option 2Common Application

The Common Application

Complete and submit The Common Application form online, including:

  • SUNY-ESF specific Member Questions
    You must indicate your first and second choice program of study, upload your response to the ESF essay question and complete all other items.

You may have your college advisor or a faculty member submit a letter of recommendation to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. Recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.


Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

A $50 non-refundable application fee or completed fee waiver must be submitted, as directed by the application process you have chosen to use, before your application will be reviewed by the SUNY-ESF Admissions Committee.

Step 3: Send Your Transcripts

Request that an official transcript from every college or educational institution you have attended be sent directly to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office. This includes your high school transcript — an official final high school transcript or GED result is required to verify high school graduation or equivalent. You may also be asked to submit a mid-term grade report for your current semester. If you have earned fewer than 30 college credits at the time of application, your high school transcript and results of either the SAT I or ACT will be required.

If requesting electronic transcript submissionesfinfo@esf.edu is the correct destination address.

Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to ESF. Our FAFSA Code is 002851. The recommended filing date is March 1.

  • NOTE: International students are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019

  • All Applicants:
    November 1, 2018

Fall 2019

  • Early Decision First-Year:
    December 1, 2018
  • Regular First-Year:
    January 15, 2019*
  • Guaranteed Transfer:
    February 1, 2019
  • Transfer:
    March 1, 2019*

*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