Transfer Fast Facts and FAQ

Admissions FAQ

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How are admissions decisions made?

The Admissions Office receives over 10,000 applications. Each application is carefully reviewed and many factors are taken into account when making a decision. We attempt to evaluate all students equitably and make a special effort to give you credit for your grade point average and the degree of difficulty of the core classes you take.

We consider your intended major, as some programs have specific prerequisites or more competitive criteria. Other details include: your rank in class, SAT or ACT scores,regents and your extracurricular and community service involvement. We look for a HS GPA of B/B+.  Transfer students are required to have a GPA of at least a 2.5.

What kind of SAT scores do I need to be accepted?

SAT or ACT scores are required for all applicants who graduated from high school after 1998. Transfer students who have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a GPA of at least 2.5 do not need to send their SAT/ACT scores.  The average SAT scores for the incoming freshman class is 1,020. Farmingdale State College looks for a combined Critical Reading/Math SAT score of at least 1000 and or a minimum of a 21 composite score on the ACT for admission. 

Is it harder for out-of-state students to gain admission?

The admissions criteria are the same for students whether they live in New York or elsewhere. It is natural for a state university to attract many resident students, but we welcome and encourage out-of-state and international students to apply.

Do you accept AP or other college level courses for college credit?

Yes,we do accept AP or other college level courses.  AP scores must be sent through  Farmingdale will accept equivalent courses of "C" or better for transfer.  For further questions regarding AP scores or transfer credits, please contact the Transfer Services Department at 934-420-2594. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

The application deadline for the Fall semester is May 1 and January 3rd for the Spring.  Please note that individual curriculum's follow different deadlines (i.e. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.)

What if I don't meet the entrance requirements?

If you are denied admission, you can enroll in classes as a non-matriculated student to complete any required prerequisites or raise your GPA. Before registering, please meet with an advisor in the Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC). An advisor can guide you in the right direction to ultimately gain acceptance to the College.

What is the difference between matriculated and non-matriculated students?

When you are formally accepted into a degree or certificate program, you are considered a matriculated student. You are eligible to apply for financial aid and campus housing.  Non-matriculated students are students who are attending classes at Farmingdale, but are not registered in a degree program. Please note, matriculation is required for graduation.

Can I schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor?

To schedule an appointment with an Admissions counselor, please call the Office of Admissions at 934-420-2200. Please make sure to bring any transcripts with you to your appointment; they may be unofficial for the purpose of this meeting.

How do I schedule a campus tour?

Interested in visiting our campus?  We can't wait to meet you!  Please view our Campus Tour page.

Do you have an Open House?

Yes. Each semester, prospective students and their families and friends are invited to learn about Farmingdale State. Open House is a great opportunity to tour the campus, meet current students and faculty, ask questions concerning financial aid, residence life, athletics, admissions, academic course offerings and any other areas. Please visit the Open House website to make a reservation!

I am an International Student, may I apply?

Farmingdale welcomes International students. For details on how to apply, please reference our International Students page for more information.

How many different academic programs are there?

Farmingdale currently offers 37 degree programs

What kind of athletic program does Farmingdale offer?

Farmingdale State's Athletic Program offers student athletes a wide variety of opportunities for participation. The College is a Division III member of the NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and competes as members of the Skyline, ECAC, and CTC Conferences. The program, available for men & women, offers student-athletes a wide variety of opportunities for participation. The College is committed to the ideals of a quality intercollegiate athletic program that offer students a quality educational experience. The College supports the intercollegiate program and student-athletes within the guidelines of the State University Board of Trustees.