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.

Students that do not meet admission requirements may appeal the admission decision by contacting the Office of Enrollment Services in writing (enroll [at] oldwestbury.edu). More detailed information can be found in the in the Application Process section of the College’s catalog.

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 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.

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