First-Year Students

First-Year Applicants

You are considered a first-year student if you have never attended college after high school graduation. If you have taken college courses BEFORE high school graduation – regardless of the number of credit hours – you are still considered a first-year student.

Application Options

You can apply by submitting one of the following applications:

Submit the SUNY Application or Common Application.


The SUNY Application allows you to apply to multiple SUNY schools with one application.



The Common Application allows you to apply to over 500 participating schools with one application.

 Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee.

Application Criteria and Required Documentation

Submit the following documents for a completed application:

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • SAT or ACT scores Optional (College Board School Code: 0755, ACT Code: 2953)*
  • Note: Test scores will be required for students applying to the Nursing 1+2+1 program and those applying to the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program. 
  • Two to three letters of recommendation (or form allowing for individual comments) from a school-based counselor or teacher.

*SUNY Poly is SAT/ACT test-optional. SUNY Poly uses a holistic, full-file application review process for both admission and merit-based scholarship consideration. Upon application submission, applicants will be asked if they would like their test scores to be considered for admission.

Check Application Status

Once your application is received, you will receive an email containing a user ID and PIN to access the Application Status Portal to see what information we’ve received and what is still needed.

Other Admissions Considerations

This program provides access to higher education for economically disadvantaged New York state residents who do not meet traditional admissions criteria but who possess the potential for academic success. EOP application checklist will vary from regular admissions.

Students who have been home-schooled will need to submit documented proof of successful completion of the home-school curriculum, local school district records, and in some cases a GED.

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (Upstate) has an Accelerated Scholars Program agreement with SUNY Poly that allows admitted SUNY Poly students seeking a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process for the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program.

  • Students who plan to apply for the Accelerated Scholars Program, must apply before November 1.
  • A completed application, including all required material must be submitted before November 15.

Important Dates

Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Deposit Due
Early Action November 15 December 15 May 1
Regular Decision
February 1 (priority)
August 1 (final)
January 15 May 1


Request More Information

Detailed information, brochures and forms can be mailed to you upon request.


Let's Start The Process     

Complete and submit your application to SUNY Polytechnic Institute.