First-Year Students

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.

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

Apply to the Utica or Albany Campus

1. Submit the SUNY Application or Common Application.


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

Fee: $50





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

Fee: $50

2. Submit the following documents for a completed application:

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • SAT or ACT scores (College Board School Code: 0755, ACT Code: 2953)*
  • SUNY Supplemental Application (PDF) OR SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Supplement to the Common Application (which is contained within the Common Application)
  • Two to three letters of recommendation (or form allowing for individual comments) from a school-based counselor or teacher.
  • Note: Nanoscale Engineering and Nanoscale Science applicants must submit a brief, personally written statement of purpose that addresses the reasons s/he wishes to enter the CNSE nanoscale science program or nanoscale engineering program in addition to submitting the above items. Please limit your response to 500 words or no more than 1.5 type-written pages. Submit essay via email as an attachment to

* SUNY Poly will not require SAT or ACT scores for students applying for fall 2021 enrollment terms. Upon application submission, applicants will be asked if they would like their test scores to be considered for admission.

3. Use the undergraduate application status portal to see if there are any additional documents you need to provide to complete your application and to check the status of your application.

Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program

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.

Other Considerations

EOP was created to identify students who show promise of succeeding at the university/college level but may struggle to meet the financial demand.

Find out if you are eligible for EOP.

Students can apply to EOP through the SUNY Application or the Common Application. Learn more about applying to SUNY Poly's EOP.

In addition to the standard required materials, homeschooled students must provide:

  • An essay describing your educational program, special projects, extracurricular activities and special accomplishments
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from the parent or other person providing you education and one from a person involved with your other activities.

If admitted to SUNY Polytechnic Institute, you will need to submit a letter from the superintendent of your local school district attesting to your completion of a program of home instruction meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, or passing score on the GED/TASC.

Some students acquire excellence outside their formal academic experience; SUNY Poly admits a percentage of the first-year class on the promise demonstrated by means other than traditional academic criteria. For admission under this supplementary category, you must demonstrate outstanding capabilities in one of the following categories: leadership, specialization in an academic area, creative expression and performing arts or athletic ability; or applicant should be considered because of altered-career orientation and/or unusual circumstances interfering with past performance. Information regarding special talent and/or circumstances should be presented to the Special Talent Committee through the supplemental portion of The Common Application or SUNY Supplement to the Application.

The application fee can be waived for the following eligible students:

  • Students who financially qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs
  • Students whose household income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Students from foster families

A student's counselor can certify that the applicant meets the waiver criteria in the SUNY Counselor Portal. A fee waiver form can also be used if the SUNY Counselor Portal is not available.

Veteran, Military, and Military-Connected Students

The application fee can also be waived for an active-duty service member; National Guard or active Reserve member; veteran; spouse or dependent child of an active duty, National Guard, active Reserve or veteran sponsor.

A fee waiver request form must be submitted to confirm eligibility and receive the waiver.

Important Application Note

SUNY Polytechnic Institute uses email as its primary method of communication. Please be sure the email address provided on your application is correct. You should also add SUNY Poly ( to your contacts to avoid important notifications being send to spam folders.


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.