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Additional Admissions Information



SUNY Transfer Guarantee

An opportunity to continue full-time study at a four-year State University college is guaranteed to all New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an A.A. or A.S. degree.  To be eligible you must:

  1. File your application with SUNY by March 1 for Fall admission and by October 1 for Spring admission.
  2. Provide four-year campuses with an official two-year college transcript, showing three semesters of completed studies by March 15 for Fall admission, and by October 15 for Spring admission.
  3. Complete all required supplemental application materials by April 15 for Fall admission and by November 15 for Spring admission.
  4. The transfer guarantee becomes effective if you are denied admission at all of your four-year college choices.

Please refer to www.suny.edu/student for application, important eligibility and deadline requirements.

Student’s Right to Know

SUNY Orange complies with federal regulations that require undergraduate completion, or graduation rates, be made available to all credit students. The College is required to make available specific statistical data before students make a financial commitment to the College. You will find this information on the College's Consumer Information page.

Transferring to SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange welcomes applications from students who have previously studied at other colleges or universities. In addition to an application, prospective transfer students must submit official transcripts from all previous colleges. Only previous college courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher will be eligible for transfer consideration. A maximum of 30 transfer credits may be accepted. All official, final college transcripts must be received prior to the end of your first semester to be evaluated for transfer credit. After one semester, your transfer credit evaluation for all coursework taken prior to enrolling at Orange is considered final.

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

Applicants who have earned a High School Equivalency (HSE) may forward a copy via email to apply@sunyorange.edu. The official copy of the HSE diploma and scores may be acquired from: New York State Education Department, Bureau of Higher and Professional Education Testing.

Adult Students

Adult students who are preparing for a new career, seeking an upgrade in employment or looking to enrich themselves, are encouraged to attend SUNY Orange on a full-time or part-time basis. The College offers class schedules during the day, evening, and online that are accessible on the campuses in Middletown and Newburgh.

Adult students who have taken courses elsewhere may transfer those credits back to SUNY Orange if the courses are applicable to that student’s selected degree program.

College Level Entrance Examinations (CLEP), Regents College Examinations (RCE) and Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)  

There are three examinations that may assist students in receiving college credit for work experience or learning done outside of the college setting.

Students can earn college credit by taking and passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examinations offered by the College Board. The Regents College Examinations (RCE) can be taken through the New York State Proficiency Examination Program. High school students who have completed advanced placement courses may acquire college credit by taking the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations (AP). 

To receive credit for any of these examinations, four conditions must be met:

  • You must be formally admitted to SUNY Orange.
  • The credit to be awarded must be applicable to your degree program.
  • Your scores must be at least equal to the Mean Score for a C (2.0) as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the CLEP subject area in which you were tested.
  • Official test results must be sent directly to the College.

Additional restrictions, or conditions, for each program are as follows:

  • In order to receive credit for any composition or literature exam through the CLEP Program, you must also take the optional essay portion of the Subject Examination. The essay must be submitted to SUNY Orange’s Department of English for evaluation.
  • Credit is awarded for English only if the credit-granting scores recommended by ACE are substantiated by the essay evaluation.
  • Similarly, the essay component of the AP English exam must be submitted for evaluation by the Department of English before credit may be awarded for scores of 4 or 5. Scores of 3 will be considered after the student has taken a department essay to determine if credit can be awarded.

Attending as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

Students with a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree may apply to the College for part-time study without applying for formal admission into a degree program. Students who have not been admitted to a degree program are not eligible for financial aid consideration.

To qualify, students must submit a final transcript or diploma verifying that they are a high school graduate.