Freshman Admissions

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Codes You Need to Know

  • SUNY Application: 44
  • SAT: 2544
  • ACT: 2944
  • Federal School Code: 002849
  • NYS Tap (Undergraduate Code): 0940

Freshman Admissions Requirements

Here are the top factors that SUNY Plattsburgh considers in a freshman applicant, in relative order of importance.

  • Strength of high school program - We are looking for a solid, college-preparatory background. In New York State high schools, that means Regents or Common Core coursework (note: the Regents diploma is not mandatory but preferred).
  • Good grades - Successful applicants have an academic average of "B " or better. Students with good courses, but "C+ " grades may be considered as "borderline," and therefore will need to have significant supporting factors in their profiles.
  • Good standardized test scores - We recommend a combined SAT score of 1080 or better on the new SAT (or 1000 or higher on the old SAT)*, or an ACT composite of 21 or better. *Note - scores will not be super scored across the new SAT and old SAT exams.
  • Essay - All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an untimed essay of at least 250 word essay or an untimed graded paper of at least 250 words. Applicants applying through the Common Application can submit the essay during the application process. Applicants applying through the SUNY Application can complete the SUNY Common Supplement, which includes the essay.
  • One letter of recommendation - All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a recommendation from a school-based counselor and/or teacher. 

How Can I Prepare for My Major?

Most accepted students are admitted directly into their program of choice. Admissions decisions are influenced by both the content and the quality of your high school record.

Fall 2017 class profile of freshman applicants admitted to the nursing major:

  • Average GPA: 94
  • Average SAT: 1220 (new SAT)
  • Middle 50% GPA: 92 – 96
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1150 – 1290 (new SAT)

Programs requiring three units of high school Math (including Math 11, Sequential Math 3 or Intermediate Algebra, or Algebra II) are:

Programs requiring encouraging three units of high school Science are:

The Admission Review Process

The admission review takes into account the student's entire profile. Therefore, applicants may increase their chances for admission or for scholarship eligibility by submitting supplemental information .

Supplemental factors include:

  • Class rank
  • Letters of support
  • Leadership and community service activities
  • Personal information
  • Special talent
  • Students are encouraged to identify ethnicity and documented learning disabilities in their initial application.

Students who have a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) through either the General Educational Development (GED) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) must send their test results along with their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Students applying to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) must submit both academic and financial information (see the Undergraduate Application for details).

Please note that the documents submitted to Admissions that are not required for the admissions review process (i.e. medical records, learning disability documents, and art/music portfolios) will not be retained.


Contact Information

The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901