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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 the accredited college of their choice 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 at Upstate.

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 (not required for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle for fall 2026 entry)
  • 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, Honors, AP or IB level.

The Application Process

  • Apply during the senior year of high school.
  • Complete the SUNY Upstate College of Health Professions application for the program of interest. The application is open September 1 to March 1. 
  • High school transcripts and 10-week grade reports can be sent to us from the applicant's high school via:
    • Email: Sent from your high school Guidance Office to [email protected] (preferred)
    • Mail to: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., 1212 Weiskotten Hall, Syracuse, NY 13210
  • 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. (Not required for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle for fall 2026 entry)
  • 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, organization and department, position/title, relationship to you, telephone number and e-mail address on the Upstate College of Health Professions 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.  Once you enter your reference’s information in the application, they will be sent instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation. Both you and your references will receive confirmation once it’s submitted.
  • 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 involvement in the health profession through volunteer, observational or research experience is strongly recommended.
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