Here you will find step by step instructions on how to complete the CUNY, SUNY, and Common App applications. Note that each school has its own deadline for submission, so make sure you know when your applications are completely due!
How to Apply
1. DETERMINE YOUR CAMPUS AND CURRICULUM SELECTIONS.
2. PREVIEW THE APPLICATION.
If you wish to view the questions and prepare your answers before beginning your online application, print our Online Application Worksheet.
3.CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT.
The first time you use applySUNY, you will be required to create an account. You must supply a valid email address and password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions.
4. COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.
You will be presented with several pages of questions to complete. Complete the questions on each page.
5. PAY YOUR APPLICATION FEE.
When you have completed your application and are ready to submit it, you can pay your application fees via a credit card, debit card, or you can mail a check or money order to the Application Services Center. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 per campus selection. (There are fee waivers for those who qualify, and it can cover the cost of up to FOUR schools).
6. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
You will receive confirmation of submission by email. You can check back at applySUNY in 48 hours to view your application status online.
7. SEND YOUR ADDITIONAL FORMS.
Freshman applicants should print and give the School Counselor Form to your high school counselor to complete.
8. SUBMIT YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATIONS.
In addition to your online application, some campuses may require or recommend a supplemental application, which may include an essay question. You will be directed to return to applySUNY to complete those supplemental applications.
9. SUBMIT YOUR ACADEMIC RECORD.
There are three ways to submit your academic record:
- Ask your high school counselor to submit your transcript electronically, using SUNY CounselorConnect.
- Self-report your academic record using the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR).
- Ask your high school counselor to mail your official high school transcript directly to the campusesto which you have applied
Want to learn about the various SUNY schools and what they can offer you? Click
Common Application (**remember you MUST link your Common App to your Naviance account, because that allows the submission of transcripts, recommendation letters, and other necessary documentation. Instructions on how to do so are at the bottom of this page)
How to Apply:
1. Create Your Account
You can create your account as early as you’d like. All you’ll need is some basic profile information – like your name, date of birth, address and phone number. And of course, you’ll need to provide a valid email address.
Note: Your email address will become your username and the Common App’s primary method of sending you updates and reminders, so make sure that you provide an email address that you check on a regular basis.
2. Add Schools To Your List
The Common App presents you with the opportunity to search from more than 600 schools (private, public, large and small), find the ones that meet your needs, and then add them to your My Colleges list – an all-in-one convenient place to track the work ahead of you.
Once you log in, simply click on the College Search tab to find schools based on their name, location, deadline, or distance from your home.
3. Understand Your Schools' Specific Requirements
Just like every student is unique, so is every school. No two schools will have the exact same requirements – therefore your application process will vary for each school on your list.
How will you keep track? We’re here to help. Check out our Requirements Grid and download the Requirements Tracker worksheet. These resources will ensure that you’re ready to submit everything your schools require by the deadlines they require it.
4. Gather Your General Application Information
While every school has a different list of college-specific requirements, the general application information (for the Common App) will remain constant for all schools on your list.
You’ll be asked to list your high school grades and courses, along with your activities, entrance exam scores and exam dates, and parent or legal guardian information. Get a head start and save yourself time by collecting this information before you fill out the application. Need help understanding the app lingo? Visit the Application Dictionary.
5. Start Your Application
Feeling nervous? That’s normal. The hardest part is getting started. As you delve into the application, you’ll realize that it’s less of an intimidating process and more of an exciting chance to showcase your talents, highlight your goals, and tell your personal story.