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Application Priority Dates
Empire State College has moved to a 5-term academic calendar. Please keep in mind that all application materials including all official transcripts must be received by the priority date to guarantee a timely review of your application. We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible. The more lead time you provide, the more likely you are to be enrolled at the time you specify on the application.

TermPriority Date
SeptemberJune 1
NovemberSeptember 1
JanuaryNovember 1
MarchJanuary 5
MayMarch 1

The RN to BSN in Nursing degree program accepts applications for the September and January terms only. All application materials must be received by June 1st for September and October 1st for January. Please visit Nursing Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Checklist

1. Pay your nonrefundable $50 orientation fee. If you are participating in one of our special programs your application screens will not reflect a payment requirement.

Mail a check or money order payable to: Empire State College
Admissions Office
Empire State College
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Pay online (secure environment) by MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Please include type of card, credit card number and expiration date.

2. Proof of High School Completion is required for admission into the college; this may be in the form of ONE of the following:
    1. Official high school transcript or copy of diploma;
    2. GED or TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) diploma or transcript;
    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.

If your high school or college education is from a country other than the United States, the credential must be evaluated by one of these approved evaluation services:

3. Essay

A complete and thoughtful typed essay of no fewer than 300 words is required as part of the application. Instructions are provided on the application. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. The writing you submit here will determine whether you are admitted into the college. Many of our applicants are successful in being admitted; however, some are referred for further reading and writing development during their first enrollment at the college. A few applicants may be referred elsewhere, if they need more skill development assistance than we can provide.

To view the essay topic click here: UG Essay prompt as of 8.20.14.pdf

4. Official transcripts

An official transcript will be needed for each institution attended, even if transfer credit from a previous institution is listed on another college transcript.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your previous college/university to:

Admissions Office
Empire State College
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

You may want to first contact your previous college/university to find out if a fee is required and/or if the request is to be in writing. Please do not send copies of transcripts, certificates, licenses or other documentation of non-college learning at this time.

Nonmatriculated Study
Students who are not interested in pursuing a degree (nonmatriculated status) and only interested in taking courses should complete the Application for Nondegree Study.

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