Seniors Applying to College



    Applying to college can be both exciting and intimidating.  Listed below is information that can be  useful while filling out college applications.

    *Please feel free to use this website for information on New York State public and private colleges:

    Application Process

    1. Apply Online.

    2. If you are applying to a SUNY college use the SUNY website:

    3. If the college you are applying to uses the Common Application, go to

    4. Some SUNY colleges will accept the SUNY application and the Common Application.  One does not hold a higher value over the other; it simply allows students who are applying to other schools using the Common Application to include SUNY colleges as well.  The advantage to this is that you only need to complete one application.

    Applying Early Decision:  By applying Early Decision you are agreeing to attend if accepted.  It is a binding contract in which you MUST withdraw all other applications upon notification of acceptance. *** Be sure this is the school you want to attend if applying Early Decision.

    Applying Early Action:  If accepted you can choose to commit to the college immediately or wait until the Spring.  This is not a binding contract.  You may still apply Early Action to other colleges as well.

    EOP- Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support, and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be admitted. Offered primarily to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify academically and economically, for the program.  NOTE: You cannot apply for both EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.

         Eligibility: You must be:

    • A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
    • Ineligible for admission under the traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program;  and
    • In need of financial assistance with established income guidelines.  In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.


    What are colleges looking for in students?

    Please note that the Fall 2021 application Review Process has changed for multiple colleges.  Please visit the college website in which your student is interested in applying for more information.  

    •  GPA
    •  Class Rank
    •  SAT/ACT Scores
    •  Letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, employers, coaches.  DO NOT ask a person to write a letter of recommendation if you are not going to submit it to a college. 2-3 letters is usually the norm.  Ask early; letters should be requested by the middle of October.
    •  Rigorous course schedule during the senior year
    •  School involvement through activities, clubs, and sports
    •  Community service


    Visiting College:

    Please note that many colleges are only offering virtual visits and virtual open houses due to COVID -19

    • Start scheduling college visits now if you have not already done so. 
    • Don't just show up!
    • The best time to visit is during the summer so you don't have to miss school.
    • If possible, try to visit while classes are in session.  This allows you to observe students and ask questions.
    • Go online to the college's website for open house dates.
    • Some schools allow students to stay overnight in a dorm to get the feel of living on campus.


    College Interviews

    • Many colleges will recommend an interview. 
    • Some colleges require an interview.
    • Be sure to schedule an interview with the college admissions office if necessary.


    Distance Learning Options in Higher Education

    Associate's Degree Options: https://

    Guide to Bachelor's Programs:

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