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Applying to SUNY Upstate Medical University

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Upstate Medical University!

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer and graduate college specializing in health care careers.  Students applying to our bachelors programs take the prerequisite courses (minimum 60 semester hours) at another college and then complete their junior and senior years of the bachelors degree at Upstate for their program of study. Students in our graduate program enter having completed a bachelors degree prior to enrollment. 

With the exception of the College of Graduate Studies, a criminal background check is required for all accepted students entering SUNY Upstate Medical University, at the expense of the student.  The criminal background check is not a factor considered by the Admissions Committee and is initiated only after an official acceptance has been made. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact the Office of Student Admissions at 315-464-4570 or email admiss@upstate.edu.

SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

SUNY Upstate Medical University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty or staff, in the recruitment of students, or in the operation of any programs or activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, 711 Jacobsen Hall, 315-464-5234.

Please note: Applicants who have, or have ever had an Upstate email address may receive duplicate email communications. 

How to Apply

Follow these links for specific information on admission into each college:

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 apply@upstate.edu and indicate your program of interest!

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