Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority is given to those applicants who submit all documents by the following deadlines. Unless noted otherwise, the recommended application dates for graduate year students are:
- June 15th for Fall entry (March 1 for Mental Health Counseling)
- November 15th for Spring entry
Old Westbury welcomes applications from international students who have completed secondary education and who are eligible to enroll in a university level program. SUNY Old Westbury uses the State University of New York (SUNY) application and the Common Application. A student may apply to multiple SUNY campuses using both applications. An application fee must accompany the application.
What documents are required for admission?
The following documents are required for admission. The forms are either on line as indicated or will be issued directly to you via email. You will need to complete the following items:
Autobiographical Essay (or SUNY Supplemental Application) of roughly 250 words.
Letter(s) of Recommendation: One is required for undergraduate and two are required for graduate admissions.
Foreign Student Financial Statement: this is a bank statement that must be issued by the Bank on their official letterhead (or use the Bank Statement form that is mailed to you). This document must be signed by the official bank employee and must the stamped with the Bank’s seal.
Sponsor letter: A letter from the applicant’s sponsor must also be submitted. The Letter from Sponsor must be notarized. Our admission’s office will send you a specific Sponsor Form to use for this purpose. Remember that it must be notarized and is in addition to the Financial Statement Form.
SUNY Old Westbury does not consider criminal history during the admissions process. However, please be aware that if you seek access to student housing, study abroad or internship opportunities, or a professional licensure, you will be asked to provide this information and it may impact your eligibility for the degree. Visit the department webpages for further information.
The following application documents must be submitted directly to SUNY Old Westbury:
Secondary school transcripts and certificates: An original copy of the secondary school transcripts and certificates in the original language (for all applicants who have never attended post-secondary education).
Post-secondary school transcripts and certificates (diploma):
Applicants who have attended a post-secondary school must send a copy of their post-secondary school transcripts and certificates in their original language. It is also strongly recommended that a syllabus or college catalog translated into English be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. This will facilitate in the academic advisement and in transfer credit evaluation process.
An official credential evaluation of all non-American educational documents from one of the following foreign credential evaluating agencies: World Evaluation Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). This is a requirement for all post-secondary documents. All of the evaluated documents must be sent to the University's Office of Enrollment Services unless an admission advisor waives the specific evaluation (this waiver may be available for a few foreign countries only). Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for further information.
Proof of English language proficiency: All international students from countries where English is not their native language must show sufficient proof of English language course proficiency. For a detailed list of acceptable proof of English requirements, please see What are the Admission Requirements section of this booklet.
Immunization record: New York State Public Health Law requires all enrolled college students born after January 1, 1957 to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. These records are required upon entry to the University and are kept on file in the Office of Student Health Services. Students must also show proof of vaccination for meningococcal meningitis disease or sign a statement on the University's Immunization form stating that they decline obtaining this vaccine. Download the Immunization Record Form. Note: Applicants under the age of 18 MUST have this form signed by a parent.
Authorization Form for Minors (under 18 years of age): This form must be filled out and notarized by a parent or legal guardian of a student that is under the age of 18 years prior to moving into a Resident Hall on campus or before the first day of classes. The form will be sent to the accepted student or you can download the Authorization Form for Minors. The form must be returned to the Office of International Enrollment Services prior to arrival on campus.
Passport, Visa, I-94 and previous I-20: High School graduates from a US school or Transfer students from a US college/university must send a copy of their passport, visa, I-94 (https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94) and previous I-20s.
GMAT exam: All graduate applicants to the Master of Accounting or Master in Taxation program must take the GMAT exam. A minimum GMAT score of 500 is usually required. For more information, visit the department’s webpage.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE): All graduate students applying for the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling are required to take the GRE revised General Test for admission to the program. For more information, visit the department’s webpage.
We get it. Sometimes circumstances prevent you from continuing your studies from semester to semester. Now, you're ready to complete your degree. Congratulations! SUNY Old Westbury has an easy readmission process for both undergraduate and graduate students. If you have withdrawn from the college, been dismissed due to academic performance or failed to return after a leave of absence, you may be eligible to apply for readmission. Students who have previously attended Old Westbury and wish to return after an absence of one or more semesters must file an Application for Readmission ideally at least one month prior to the beginning of the return semester. Welcome back!
Readmission for Students Absent for 3 or Fewer Consecutive Semesters
- Visit the Connect OW Portal.
- Log in. (Log in help)
- Look for "Registrar Forms" Card
- Click on Readmission Form
Readmission for Students Absent for 3 or More Consecutive Semesters
- Complete the Former Student Login form and then complete the steps described above in Connect OW Portal.
Non-degree students are those want to take undergraduate courses but are not planning to earn an Old Westbury degree.
APPLICANTS FOR WINTER OR SUMMER STUDY
Non-Degree applicants registering only for a Summer or Winter session course may use the online Summer/Winter/QuickAdmit Non-Degree Application. Summer/Winter Non-Degree applicants do not need to submit additional documentation and do not need to show proof of having fulfilled course pre-requisites.
APPLICANTS FOR FALL OR SPRING STUDY
Completion of the Application for Non-Matriculated Admission is required to take courses in the Fall or Spring. Registration for those who have applied and been accepted in a non-degree status opens just prior to the beginning of each semester.
- Fall 2022 Registration: August, 24 2022– August 30, 2022
Auditing a course means that you can attend class meetings and have access to course materials, but you will not receive credit for the course.
Students in these programs may audit (observe) courses without paying tuition, although fees may apply for some specific courses. Applicants planning to audit a class must fill out the Audit Application and obtain permission from the instructor prior on the first day of classes.