Application Process for Undergraduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Upstate Medical University. This page will outline the application process for the bachelor degree programs within the College of Health Professions and the College of Nursing.

For application information about the graduate programs in Physical Therapy (DPT), Physician Assistant (MS), Medical Technology (MS), Nursing (MS), Medicine (MD), Public Health (MPH) and Biomedical Sciences (MS and PhD), visit Application Process for Graduate Programs.

Upstate begins accepting applications on September 1st for the following fall semester. With the exception of Nursing, all bachelor degree programs begin in fall. The Nursing, BS program accepts for fall and/or spring.


College of Health Professions (BS/BPS): Applications open September 1*. Admission is rolling until the program fills. The deadline for high school seniors applying Early Admission to bachelor degree programs is March 1.

* Applications for the Medical Imaging, BPS-MRI and BPS-CT programs will open in early March, only if space is available. If you're interested in being notified in March of whether we will have openings, please e-mail your name and the program you're interested in (BPS-MRI or BPS-CT) to, subject line: "Medical Imaging-BPS application notification". The BPS-MRI and BPS-CT programs are for applicants who are ARRT External Icon certified or ARRT External Icon certification eligible in radiography (X-ray technology) and will have an associate's degree upon enrollment.

College of Nursing (BS): Regular admission applicants - please see the College of Nursing website for deadlines


Before applying, applicants are encouraged to review the prerequisite college level courses for their intended program of study. Prerequisite courses may be viewed online by program: Cardiovascular Perfusion, Medical Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Medical Imaging, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and Nursing.

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions pre-requisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students with questions about pre-requisites should e-mail Student Admissions at

Applicants may apply without having all the prerequisites completed, but all the prerequisites must be completed by the time the program begins. Some courses may be met with CLEP or Excelsior Exam credit.

We encourage prospective students to learn more about their program of interest by attending an Open House. We also offer pre-advisement sessions for prospective students who would like to meet with an Admissions Advisor to discuss transfer credit, program requirements, etc.

Completing the Application

  1. Complete the SUNY Upstate application

    College of Health Professions (BS/BPS): Submit the College of Health Professions application. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of classes, but need not be completed at the time the application is submitted. List on the application all the classes you are currently taking and/or plan to take prior to entry into the program. PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.

    College of Nursing (BS): Regular admission applicants submit the NursingCAS External Icon application. Once the NursingCAS application has been received, we will send an e-mail with a link to the SUNY Upstate supplemental application. High School seniors applying for Early Admission complete the College of Nursing 2+2 Early Admission application. PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.

  2. Letters of Recommendation

    College of Health Professions (BS/BPS) PDF Icon: Two letters of recommendation are required.  Letters should come from college professors, academic advisor, an employer, or a health professional who supervised or worked with you.  We'd strongly recommend, but don't require, one letter of recommendation be from a college professor, preferably in science, who can comment on your academic ability.  Personal references will not be considered.  Letters should be sent to Admissions (see address below) directly from the letter writer and should be on letterhead. We will also accept e-mailed letters of recommendation but only if it comes from a professional or college e-mail address.  For example: or would be acceptable. or will not be accepted.  E-mailed letters of recommendation should be sent to

    College of Nursing (BS): Two letters of recommendation are required from people who can comment on your academic and/or clinical ability (faculty, supervisor, and/or colleague). Letters of recommendation need to be sent to NursingCAS. Please visit the website for instructions. Personal references will not be considered.

  3. SUNY application External Icon

    (This is not required for high school seniors applying Early Admission at this time.)

    $50 application fee paid to SUNY.

  4. The curriculum codes for the SUNY application are:
    • Cardiovascular Perfusion - 1437
    • Medical Biotechnology - 1815
    • Medical Technology - 1077
    • Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray) - BS - 2217
    • Medical Imaging - BPS* - 1518
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound (BS) 1977
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound (BPS) 1979
    • Radiation Therapy - BS - 2218
    • Radiation Therapy - BPS* - 1428
    • Respiratory Therapy - 1127
    • Nursing - 0192
    *BPS is for students who have earned, or are in a degree program for radiography (X-ray).

  5. Submit Official Transcripts

    Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college they have received credit from. Applicants should e-mail grade updates to at the end of the fall semester.

    High school transcript are required for high school seniors applying Early Admission. If your high school uses Naviance for transcripts, please have them mail your official transcript to our office as SUNY Upstate is not able to receive transcripts electronically from Naviance.

    If your college transcripts are not in English, or it is not in the same grading system as the United States, you will need to get a translation and a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency.Â

    College of Health Professions (BS/BPS): All official transcripts are to be send to the Admissions & Financial Aid Office. See address below.

    College of Nursing (BS): All official transcripts are to be send to NursingCAS. Please visit the website for instructions.

  6. Test Scores

    Official SAT and/or ACT scores are required ONLY for high school seniors applying for Early Admission. If English is not your first language, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report must be submitted.  Exception: TOEFL’s and IELT’s will not be required for applicants who completed an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree at a US college or university by the time their application has been submitted.

    SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Admissions & Financial Aid
    766 Irving Ave.
    0217 Weiskotten Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13210

After Applying

After all required items are submitted, your application will be screened and your transfer credit will be evaluated. Qualified applicants for the College of Health Professions will be contacted to set up an on campus interview. The College of Nursing does not interview applicants.

Applicants should e-mail grade updates to at the end of each semester.

Decisions are sent out via e-mailed. Accepted students will also receive an acceptance packet in the mail. Students will have 15 days to submit a deposit to secure a place in the class.

Incoming students will be required to submit a background check after being offered admission, and prior to enrollment at SUNY Upstate. All admitted students are admitted conditionally until background check results are obtained and reviewed by SUNY Upstate. Information from the background check not revealed in the application may result in revocation of the acceptance to SUNY Upstate.

Enrolling students are required to attend Orientation.