Freshman Admissions

Who do you want to be? How do you get there? Are you ready to own your future? The best way to find your answers is to learn more about SUNY Old Westbury.

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Across this website you will find information about our nearly 50 undergraduate degree offerings, the vibrant campus life we offer our students, and the success achieved by graduates of our College. Please take your time to look around and learn about all we have to offer

Admission as a freshman student is based on our seeing the evidence of a rigorous high school curriculum, with Regents classes, Honors classes and Advanced Placement courses strongly preferred. We seek students with an 80 high school average or above. You should have a combined score of 1000 on the SAT (reading and mathematics scores combined) or at least a 22 on the ACT.

Residential Scholarships for Freshmen

Are you a high achiever? Do you have above a 90 high school gpa or higher? Have you taken any IB, AP or advanced level courses? Do you have combined score of 1100 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math SAT exams? Do you live far from SUNY Old Westbury?

If you have a combination of these high achieving criteria, then you may be offered a Resident Hall Scholarship. This is over a $7,600 savings which covers the cost of a double occupancy room.

Scholarships are very limited, so apply for admission early to enhance your chances for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are also subject to funding and space availability each year.  Priority is also given to applicants that live the furthest distance from SUNY Old Westbury.

A Resident Hall Scholarship offer will only be sent to qualified applicants. To accept the Resident Scholarship, the letter of offer must be signed and returned to the Office of Enrollment Services by the stated deadline indicated in the letter.

Once you're done researching what college is right for you, we hope you’ll agree that our high quality academics, world class faculty, fun-filled campus life, and affordable tuition makes Old Westbury your college of choice.

How to Apply

The recommended application date for freshmen is March 15th for Fall entry; October 15th for Spring entry. To ensure a timely review of your application, it is best to act early. Applications and materials received after these dates may require additional time for a review to be completed.

As of the 2018 admission cycle, SUNY Old Westbury does not consider your response to the criminal history question in the admissions decision process. However, please be aware that if you seek access to student housing, study abroad or internship opportunities, or professional licensure, you will be asked to provide this information again.

Follow the simple steps here for admission as a freshman to Old Westbury:

Step 1: Apply Online

SUNY College at Old Westbury accepts The SUNY Online application and The Common Application. Please complete and submit only one of these applications. Both require a $50 non-refundable application fee.

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The SUNY Online application is accepted by SUNY campuses only and and allows you to apply to multiple SUNY colleges with one application.

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The Common Application is accepted by more than 400 selective colleges nationwide and allows you to apply to any participating school with one application.

Step 2: Forward Transcripts and Test Results

Freshman must submit a high school transcript and official results from the ACT or SAT I examinations. It is recommended that you have scores sent directly from the testing agency.

All transcripts may be sent electronically, and applicants also have the option of completing the SOAR (SUNY Online Academic Record) in lieu of mailing a paper transcript. More information can be found on the SUNY Website.

Step 3: Submit Supplemental Essay

Complete and submit Old Westbury’s required Supplementary Essay. Download the essay assignment.

Step 4: Submit all other requested items

Often, the admission process includes a review of letters of recommendation and the submission of mid-year or mid-semester grades. Should you be asked for such information, please be certain to provide a prompt response and submission.

Step 5: Note the new application mailing address

SUNY Old Westbury has a new mailing address for all admission documents:

SUNY Old Westbury
Admissions Processing
1060 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204