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2+2 Early Assurance for High School Seniors (BS and BPS)

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer college specializing in health care careers. Students take the prerequisite courses at another accredited 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 Assurance 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 of college.

Accepted students complete between 53 and 60 semester hours (semester hours vary by program) of college level prerequisites at the accredited college of their choice. Upstate guarantees these students a position in the program they were admitted to provided the student has met all conditions of acceptance as outlined in their acceptance letter.

Early Assurance 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
    • POLICY regarding SAT’s and ACT’s at SUNY Upstate
      SUNY Upstate’s admissions policy for the SAT’s is to accept the highest score in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section, even if they are from separate SAT’s. For ACT’s, our policy is to accept the highest score from the Math, Science, English and Reading sections, even if from separate ACT’s.
  • 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 (September 1 to March 1). Do not submit a SUNY application for SUNY Upstate at this time. The application must be submitted by March 1.
  • Official high school transcript and 10-week grade report (first marking period grades/report card) mailed from the Guidance Office to:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Admissions & Financial Aid 
766 Irving Ave.
1212 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210 

 Or we can accept the transcript and 10-week grade report via e-mail (apply@upstate.edu) if sent directly to Upstate from your School Counselor or Guidance Office.

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores. They can be sent to our office from the testing agency, or it can be sent from the high school guidance office.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from people who know you in an academic or professional capacity such as teachers, a School Counselor, an employer, or a supervisor from a volunteer activity. We'd strongly recommend at least one letter of recommendation be from a teacher, preferably science, who can comment on your academic ability. Personal references will not be considered. Applicants will include their reference's name, title and e-mail address on the application. Within two work days after the application is processed, the references will receive instructions via e-mail on how to submit the letter of recommendation through MyUpstate.
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted via e-mail to set up a Zoom interview.

Accepted Students Must

  • Successfully complete all prerequisite courses for their major, as outlined in their acceptance letter.
  • Achieve a required cumulative grade point average (varies by program) by January and May of the year of entry.
  • Continue their involvement in the health profession through volunteer, observational or research experience.

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