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Admission to the College of Nursing is competitive. In selecting students, the Admissions Committee considers previous academic performance, letters of recommendation and a personal statement of professional experience and goals.

How to Apply

The admissions committee considers those who have submitted complete applications. Although New York state residents are given preference, out-of-state applicants are welcome and admitted each year.

We are currently accepting applications to our Master of Science Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner  program only. 

Have Questions

Not sure which track is right for you? Questions about admissions requirements?

Contact the College of Nursing Admissions Counselor:

[email protected]

Request Advisement Prospective Students

Virtual Information Sessions

The Office of Admissions is conducting virtual information sessions for those who are interested in the following College of Nursing programs.

  • RN to Bachelor of Science Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
  • Post Graduate Advanced Certificate

Pre-admission Advisement

We recommend you seek preadmission advisement 10 to 12 months prior to the date of your anticipated matriculation. In this session, an admissions counselor provides you with guidance and assistance in meeting the admissions requirements.

Appointments for preadmission advisement may be made by calling the Office of Student Admissions at 315-464-4570. Please bring to your appointment photocopies of academic records, including nursing school transcripts, transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended, and semester grade reports.

Applicants who are unable to travel to the College of Nursing for an advisement session should send a cover letter and copies of academic records to the:

Office of Student Admissions
1213 Weiskotten Hall
SUNY Upstate Medical University
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY-13210 OR
Fax them to: 315 464-8867

Veteran Applicants

SUNY Upstate, along with all 64 SUNY state-operated campuses, are proud to waive the application fee for US Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve military and their dependents! This waiver will cover the application fee for Upstate applications and SUNY applications (some programs do not require a SUNY application). Proof of military connection must be provided. Acceptable documents include: 

  • DD214 documents
  • Military Identification cards
  • A combination of documents providing proof of military connection and proof of dependence
    • Ex. Spouse's DD214 or ID Card and tax forms indicating you as a dependent. 

Please note, this is a NYS directive – it is for SUNY app and secondaries – it does not apply to AMCAS, CASPA, PTCAS, etc.

If you have any questions regarding application fee waivers, please email [email protected] and indicate your program of interest!