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): The NursingCAS application must be submitted by February 1 and the supplemental application must be submitted by March 10.  Admission is rolling. The deadline for high school seniors applying Early Admission to the bachelor degree nursing program is March 1 and applicants use the SUNY Upstate application only.


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): Submit the NursingCAS application. Once the NursingCAS application has been received, we will send an e-mail with a link to the SUNY Upstate supplemental application.

  2. Letters of Recommendation

    College of Health Professions (BS/BPS): Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter of recommendation should come from a college professor, preferably in science, who can comment on your academic ability. A second letter could come from a college professor, academic advisor, an employer, or a health professional who supervised or worked with you. Personal references will not be considered.

    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 (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. 

    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.

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.

The Admissions Committee meets several weeks after the interview to make a decision on an applicant's application. 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.