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Please be advised that we are in the process of transitioning our online systems. As a result, our application page is down, but we will have it back up within the next 24-48 hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience during this transitional period, and we encourage you to visit this page again in the next couple of days.

We look forward to helping you continue the application process!


New York State RN License – Active, unencumbered New York State RN license.


BSN - Write a 300 word essay describing how earning a higher degree in nursing will help you achieve your personal and professional goals, ways you would like to personalize your learning while engaging in the degree requirements to achieve your goals, and your strengths and experiences (educational, employment, community and personal background) that will make you a successful student in our learning environment.

The MS in Nursing prepares graduates to advance nursing practice in a complex and evolving healthcare environment. Write a 500 word essay describing how your current work experience and background, personal and professional goals, and the reasons for pursuing graduate education.

MS in Nursing applicants must submit a resume which shows clear demonstration of clinical practice as a registered nurse (minimum 1 year).

Orientation Fee - $50 non-refundable. Paid by check, money order or credit card.

Official Transcripts - Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from all institutions attended are submitted to the Admissions Office, 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.

Non-U.S. Transcripts – High School or College/University transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by one of the following:

Proof of High School Completion – Required for admission for all undergraduate applicants applying to the college; this may be in the form of ONE of the following:

    1. High school transcript;
    2. GED documentation;
    3. An official transcript from US regionally accredited college or university showing conferral of a degree;
    4. Official transcript(s) from US regionally accredited college or university showing completion of 24 college credits distributed as follows: 6 semester hours in English, 3 semester hours in math, 3 semester hours in natural sciences, 3 semester hours in social sciences, 3 semester hours in humanities and 6 semester hours in any other courses*.
    *If you are applying for financial aid the 24 college credit option will not be sufficient. Please visit www.esc.edu/financial-aid for information.
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