Early Admission—College of Health Professions

2+2 Early Admission for Undergraduate Programs (BS and BPS)

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer college specializing in health care careers.  Students take the prerequisite courses (minimum 60 semester hours) at another college and then complete their junior and senior years of the bachelor’s degree at Upstate for their program of study. Through our 2+2 Early Admission Program, students can apply to SUNY Upstate's College of Health Professions in their senior year of high school for consideration for admission for their junior and senior years.

Accepted students complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of college level pre-requisites at the college of their choice. Upstate guarantees these students a position in the program they were admitted to provided the student has met all conditions as outlined in their letter of acceptance.

Early Admission applicants should demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a health profession by volunteering in a health care setting, shadowing a professional in their profession of choice or participation in a Health Explorers Post or New Visions Program.


Suggested academic guidelines:

  • 90% average in a college preparatory program
  • Competitive SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Present a strong overall record of achievement in college preparatory course work, which must include at least three years of mathematics (Course I, II and III or Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry) and at least three years of science (including Biology and Chemistry or Physics) at the Regents or Honors level.


The Application Process

  • Apply during the senior year of high school.
  • Complete the SUNY Upstate application which is available September 1 to March 1.  Select the application for the program you want with the Early Admission designation. For example, "Respiratory Therapy: BS Early Admission." Do not submit a SUNY application for SUNY Upstate at this time.
  • Submit an application to the undergraduate college(s) you intend to attend the first two years.
  • Mail the official high school transcript; official SAT and/or ACT scores; and two letters of recommendation to:
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Admissions & Financial Aid 
    766 Irving Ave.
    0217 Weiskotten Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13210

  • We recommend that at least one letter be from a science teacher and the second should be from a teacher, Guidance Counselor, employer or a volunteer supervisor.  Personal references will not be considered.
  • Please submit 10-week and mid-year grades to Student Admissions once they are available.  These can be e-mailed (admissfa@upstate.edu), mailed or faxed (315-464-8867).
  • The application must be submitted and all supporting documents must be post-marked by March 1.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all items are received on time.  If you have a question about whether anything is missing from your application, please call our office at (315) 464-4570.
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an on-campus interview.

Accepted Students Must

  • Attend the accredited college of their choice and verify with the college that the pre-requisites can be completed within the two years.
  • Successfully complete all pre-requisite courses for their major, as outlined in their letter of acceptance.
  • Maintain a required cumulative grade point average (varies by program.)
  • Continue their involvement in the health profession through volunteer, observational or research experience.
  • Incoming students will be required to submit a background check in the semester prior to enrollment at SUNY Upstate.  Instructions will be provided by 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.