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Whether you're looking to change careers or start planning your education after high school, our staff and faculty are excited that you have considered attending SUNY Orange. Below is a helpful guide that will assist you in learning more about SUNY Orange

Exploring Academics

Come explore SUNY Orange's available degree programs. We have dedicated faculty that will help you achieve your goals. Many of our degree programs prepare our students for future employment and transfer opportunities. 

Students interested in one of our Health Professions program should review the application requirements for these selective admission programs located HERE

Application Process

1. Complete an online application 

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2. Submit official high school transcripts or GED certificate and score report. 
- High school transcripts should be emailed from the high school to apply@sunyorange.edu
- A GED certificate and score report can be emailed to apply@sunyorange.edu.
- Students who attended high school outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation of their transcript. Evaluations must be completed by a member of the National Associate of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A full list of NACES members can be found here

3. Complete your placement test requirements as outlined below. 

Please note: If you are interested in applying for one of our Health Professions Programs please see this page for more information. It is a separate application process.

Information for Home-schooled Students

SUNY Orange recognizes that many students go through home-schooled instruction to obtain their high school diploma. Students who wish to enroll into SUNY Orange as homeschooled students must submit one of the following documents before they can be considered for admission into the college:

  • A letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, indicating that the student has completed all the necessary requirements of Section 100.10 of the regulations set forth by the Commissioner of Education and has obtained the substantial equivalent to high school diploma.


  • Documentation that shows a student has successfully passed the TASC exam, formerly known as the GED which is recognized as a high school diploma equivalency.

Important information for New York State Residents:

"The Board of Regents does not approve correspondence study, including online as equivalent to a high school diploma for New York State residents".

Home-schooled students or parents who have questions are encouraged to contact Maynard Schmidt, the Director of Admissions, at 845-341-4205 for more information.

Educational Opportunity Program for Disadvantaged Students

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an admissions program that provides academic support, individualized and group counseling, skill development workshops, and modest financial aid to support  success.

Available to first-time, full-time matriculated students who meet academic and income guidelines, the program supports students throughout their college careers within SUNY Orange.

English & Math Placement Process

All incoming students will be placed into the apporpriate English & Math courses based on the following criteria:

  • For those students who need Math Placement, please complete the Math Placement Form for placement into the appropriate mathematics course. 

  • English placements will be determined based on students' high school GPA and the final grade in 11th grade English course. Please be sure to submit high school transcripts as soon as possible for review.

  • Any student who has earned a C or better in a college-level English or math course or who has AP or CLEP credits in math or English may submit a Placement Waiver Request and upload an unofficial college transcript or AP score report.

  • Students will be informed via email when their placement has been finalized.  

Accepted Student Resources

  • Get connected and login to your SUNYOrange student portal
    • Students can check their Financial Aid status
    • Set-up their SUNY Orange email account
    • Set-up Proxy to access important account information
    • Check enrollment status through Student Academics Tab
    • Your acceptance letter will include your login credentials
  • Complete the mandatory NewSTART Workshop Requirements
    When you have fulfilled the placement requirement and have been accepted, admissions will send you an email with instructions on how you can complete the NewSTART Workshop. You may also get information on your NewSTARRT eligibility by visiting the Accepted Student Portal under the Student Academics Tab in your MySUNYOrange account. You'll complete the first part of the NewSTART Workshop on your own. The second part of the workshop will be a virtual appointment with an academic advisor, where you will register for classes. 

  • Submit final high school transcripts (upon graduation) and/or official college transcript
    • High School transcript(s) faxed directly from the High School are acceptable.

  • Submit Certificate of Residency forms

Important Deadline Dates for Spring 2022 Enrollment

  • November 15, 2022 - New START Workshop requirements open-up

  • January 6, 2022 - Online application closes

  • January 17, 2022 - New START Workshop Online closes at 12:00 pm

  • January 18, 2022 - Virtual Advising Appointments close

  • January 20, 2022 - Spring semester begins

SUNY Orange offers a variety of opportunities for you and your family to visit our institution. Whether or you are student looking to get more information on your degree program or simply want to take a campus tour, we have the right event for you.

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