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Admissions Procedures

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Upstate Medical University! Please click on each step to see an outline of our Admissions Procedures.

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Prior to Applying

If you know which program you are interested in, you may schedule a pre-advisement with one of our counselors to ensure you are on the right track for submitting an application. Our counselors can help you with a credit evaluation as well as advise you how to strengthen your application.  Pre-advisements are not required to apply to SUNY Upstate Medical University

Submitting an Application

Submit a SUNY Upstate Medical University Application

All of our programs require the submissions of a SUNY Upstate Medical University application. For some programs, this is the only application required; for others, this is considered a secondary application. Please see the “Submitting an Application” tab above for program specific application procedures.

Submit Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required for all of our programs. The number of letters required depends on the program you are applying to. Some programs will require letters of recommendation to be submitted directly through a centralized CAS application, and others will require letters of recommendation to be sent directly our Admissions Office. Please see the application procedures applicable to the program to which you are applying to ensure you are meeting the requirements.

Letters typically come from college faculty, academic advisors, employers, or health professionals who supervised or worked with you. We strongly recommend, but do not require, at least one letter of recommendation to be from a college professor, who can comment on your academic ability. Letters should be sent to Admissions directly from the letter writer. Personal references will not be considered.

Submit Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college they have received credit from. Depending on the program, transcripts may need to be submitted directly through a centralized CAS application while others will require transcripts to be sent directly our Admissions Office. Please see the application procedures applicable to the program to which you are applying to ensure you are meeting the requirements.

Incomplete Applications

Missing information emails will be sent every two weeks to let applicants know what is needed to complete their application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they provide Student Admissions with the necessary materials to complete the application.

Complete Applications

Once an application is complete, applicants will receive an email letting them know that their application is complete and will be reviewed by the admissions committee. When the review is complete, applicants will be notified by email as to the status of their application. Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Invitation to Interview

Most of our programs require an admissions interview. If applicable to the program you have applied to, and if you were selected for an interview, an email will be sent prompting you to schedule an interview date via an online portal.

Interview Day

Though the interview day looks different depending on the program, each of our applicants will have an opportunity to meet with faculty.

Admissions Committee

Following the interview, applications are sent to admissions committee for final review. The admissions committees are comprised of faculty and SUNY Upstate Medical University Administrators. The admissions committees are looking for well-rounded students with strong academic records and test scores, personal statements, extracurricular activities, good clinical, volunteer, and shadowing experiences, along with other attributes that define a strong candidate. As part of a holistic review process, all aspects of an application, as well as interview interactions, are taken into consideration in the admissions decision.


Students will typically be notified of the committee's decision within 3-6 weeks of their interview date. One of the following decisions will be made for each interviewed applicant:

  1. Accept:

Students will receive an email that they have been accepted. Once students have paid their deposit, they will receive an email with information on how to log onto MyUpstate.

  1. Alternate List:

Students placed on the alternate list may be called at any time, up to and including the day of orientation. The admissions office does not release information regarding individual placement on the alternate list.

  1. Deny:

Students who are not accepted by the admissions committee will receive an email.

You have been admitted

Once you have been admitted and paid a deposit, you will have access to your financial aid award, health clearance forms, orientation materials, registration and housing information and any other applicable information through MyUpstate.