Incoming Student Checklist

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY Upstate Medical University!

Tasks to complete: 

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Accepted Student Checklist

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Submit Deposit

A deposit reserves your space in the incoming class. Please pay your deposit online at upstate.edu/deposit. The deposit deadline is 15 days from the date onyour acceptance letter. The deposit for Undergraduate programs is $100 and the deposit for Graduate Programs is $150. The deposit is refundable until May 1st for all programs except PA and DPT, which has a refund request deadline of March 1. 
  • Please note that if you were accepted into the Physical Therapy program, you are not required to pay a deposit until after Jan 15th

Log-in to MyUpstate

Once your deposit is processed, an email will be sent with your log-in credentials for your MyUpstate account.  Aside from the items in this checklist, your program may have additional requirements that need to be completed. Please log into MyUpstate to view program-specific requirements.

Submit ID Badge Photo

Your ID badge photo needs to be approved before you have access to the GroupWise email system and the Blackboard class information system.  Instructions for the badge submission will be on your MyUpstate account.

Complete Incoming Student Background Check

A background check is required by the University for all incoming students. Acceptance of this offer affirms that you have read the Background Information Sheet and understand your obligations regarding submission of a background check and updating the Office of Admissions with subsequent information. This must be completed prior to orientation.

  • College of Medicine MD, MD/MPH, RMSP, and MD/PhD do not need to complete another background check, as one was completed through AMCAS.
  • College of Graduate Studies PhD accepted students are considered employees of the University and will have employee background checks conducted upon matriculation as graduate assistants.
  • International applicants are not required to submit the SUNY Upstate "My Certified" background check, as a background check is required for the Visa application process.

Accept Financial Aid

All accepted students who have completed a FAFSA will receive an email to log onto MyUpstate to review their Financial Aid Award. The Financial Aid tab in MyUpstate outlines the financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) available. Please follow the instructions on the tab to accept or decline your aid and complete the necessary loan requirements such as the e-MPN, Entrance Counseling, or Financial Aid Verification. Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at (315) 464-4570.

Take Housing Survey

Once your deposit is processed, you will see a link in your MyUpstate directing you to complete your intent to live on campus in Geneva Tower.

Submit Health Forms and Immunization Records

All students must upload their Health History Form, Proof of Physical and Immunization records in their MyUpstate at least 4 weeks prior to the start of class. We encourage all students to have their PPD completed by the doctor performing their physical, prior to arriving on Campus.  Please visit the Student Health Mandatory Health Clearance Website for additional information and to submit forms.

Submit Final Transcripts, Advanced Credit, and College Credit Coursework

We must receive final transcripts, including any AP, IB, and CLEP, showing successful completion of your current studies. Official college transcripts and test scores can be addressed directly to:

SUNY Upstate Student Admissions
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210

Review Health Insurance Requirement

All Students are required to have health Insurance.  If you have existing insurance, log onto MyUpstate to submit documentation for a waiver.  If you do not have health insurance, do nothing and you will automatically be billed.

Attend Orientation

Information for Orientation is on the Incoming Student website at http://www.upstate.edu/studentorientation

Save the Dates 2019

June 5 – 7 - New Student Orientation Session I: For all students in the College of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs

August 7 – 11 - New Student Orientation Session II: For all students in the College of Medicine MD, MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs and students in the College of Health Professions Medical Scholars Program

August 21 – 23 - New Student Orientation Session III: For all students in the College of Graduate Studies; students in the College of Health Professions Cardiovascular Perfusion, Medical Imaging Sciences, Medical Technology, Medical Biotechnology, Radiation Therapy and Respiratory Therapy programs; and students in the College of Medicine Master of Public Health program

For the most up-do-date information go to our Orientation webpage: http://www.upstate.edu/studentorientation

Classes begin for each program the Monday immediately following orientation.  DPT and PA students begin in the summer term.  All other students begin in the fall term

SUNY Upstate Online Academic Calendar:

http://www.upstate.edu/currentstudents/document/2018_2019_upstate_medical_university.pdfPDF Icon

For more information, please contact:

Chuck Simpson,
Director of Campus Activities and Special Projects
Coordinator of New Student Orientation Programs


SUNY Upstate Admissions Office