College Information

College Information



Application Process


Applying to college can seem overwhelming to many students and families.  We want to provide you with information and resources to help make the application process a more simplified process.  A good first step is to become familiar with the components of an application and the types of admissions options listed below.  Understanding these application components and the admissions options will allow you to make decision that are best for you.  Secondly, get organized and give yourself time.  Be sure to keep all your college application materials in one place and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to work on your applications to meet deadlines.  As you begin working through your application process continue working with your school counselor. 

Types of Admission:

  •          Early Decision:  is a binding college admissions option and it is for students that are 100% committed to attending that college.  If a student is admitted under early decision, they are required to enroll in the college and withdraw all other college applications.  Early decision deadlines are usually in November and students usually receive an admissions decision in December.  Learn more about Early Decision.
  •           Early Action: is a non-binding offer of admission and students are not required to enroll if admitted.  Early action deadlines are usually in November and students usually receive an admissions decision in December.  Learn more about Early Action.
  •          Regular Decision: The process where students apply by published deadlines and receive an admissions decision usually by April 1st.
  •          Rolling Admission:  



That State University of New York (SUNY) is comprised of 64 institutions to include universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and technology colleges. 


                SUNY Admissions Information for Colleges and Universities

                SUNY Admissions Information for Community Colleges

                Complete List of SUNY Campuses

Common Application

The Common Application (also referred to as the Common App) is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process.  The Common App is a college application used to help prospective students apply to more than 800 colleges and universities using a single application. 

                Common App

                Common App Tips

                Quick Guide to the Common App

Frequently Asked Questions

Fee Waivers

If a students is eligible to receive a free/reduced lunch, a ward of the court, or their family receives public assistance they are eligible for a Fee Waiver for the ACT, the SAT and some College Applications. 

                SUNY Fee Waiver:  Students must complete the SUNY Fee Waiver Request Form and submit it to their School Counselor who will verify your eligibility.   

               SAT Fee Waiver:  Eligible students may use a maximum of TWO fee waivers for the SAT and SIX fee waivers for the SAT subject tests. Eligible students may obtain fee waivers from their School Counselor.  Learn More about SAT Fee Waivers

                ACT Fee Waiver:  Eligible students may use a maximum of TWO fee waivers.  Eligible students may obtain a fee waiver from the School Counselor.  Learn more about the ACT Fee Waiver


Many students view the college essay as the most challenging part of the application, however it is where colleges look to gain insight into your unique background, interests and personality.  Since the college essay is the one part of the application you have total control over, it is important that you take the needed time to clearly articulate your passions and motivations. 

                College Essay Tips

                Common App and SUNY App Essay Prompts



 NCAA guide for college bound athletes


Letters of Recommendation

                Counselor Recommendations:   If you need a counselor recommendation or a secondary school report please see your school counselor.  You will need to turn in a Letter of Recommendation Request Form at least two weeks before your application is due in order to allow sufficient time to write the recommendation you deserve!

                Teacher Recommendations: It is recommended that you provide your teacher(s) a Letter of Recommendation Request Form at least two weeks before your application is due.  It is your responsibility to provide teachers with appropriate forms and instructions specific to each school you apply to.  If you are using the Common application, your teacher will upload his/her letter directly your Common App account.  For all other instances, ask your teacher to send a copy of their letter directly to the Guidance office.  We will then submit their recommendation letters to schools as you request them. 


Students who have applied using the SUNY or Common Application your School Counselor will automatically upload your official transcript to the colleges you applied to.  If you applied directly to a college you must contact your School Counselor so a transcript can be sent to complete your application. 

All transcripts contain your grade point average (GPA), class rank, Regents exam scores, SAT and/or ACT test scores if a student has taken them, Career Technical Education hours (if applicable), Work-based learning experience hours (if applicable),  diploma type, and graduation date (after student has graduated). 

To request a transcript be sent to a college, employer or military please call the Guidance Office at 607-865-4116 ext. 6122.

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