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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

  1. How do I contact the Admissions Office?
  2. How will we communicate with you in the admissions process?
  3. What happens after my application is complete?
  4. My college won't give me an official transcript in a sealed envelope. What do I do?
  5. Transcripts: Fall grade reports for the self-managed application
  6. Spring registration schedules for the self-managed application
  7. What do I do if my letters of recommendation are in a confidential electronic system such as Interfolio and I can't obtain copies to put into my self-managed application?
  8. Where can I get more information?

College of Health Related Professions

  1. May I attend part-time?
  2. How many prerequisite courses am I missing?
  3. May I take prerequisite courses at SUNY Downstate?
  4. When is the latest I may apply?
  5. May I schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions advisor?
  6. May I contact the program department to check on my application status?
  7. Will I be interviewed?
  8. When will I know if I am accepted?
  9. I am having problems completing the online application. Can you help?

 

General FAQ

1. How do I contact the Admissions Office?

Email

Emailing admissions@downstate.edu is our preferred method of communication. Be certain to include:

  1. the complete spelling of your name
  2. the name of the program to which you are applying
  3. a current email address that you check regularly

If you do not receive a reply within 3 days, please resend your email.

Our Mailing Address

SUNY Downstate Admissions Office
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 60
Brooklyn, New York 11203

If you are hand delivering your application:

SUNY Downstate Admissions Office
450 Clarkson Avenue,
Room 133, Basic Sciences Building
Brooklyn, New York
Our office hours are 9 a.m.-5 pm., Mondays-Fridays except for state and federal holidays.

Fax

Our fax number is (718) 270-4775

2. How will we communicate with you in the admissions process?

You must provide us with a current email address throughout the admissions process, as we will communicate with you primarily by email. If your application is incomplete, we will send you an email once a week to notify you of missing information.

If you have sent missing items to us by mail or fax, you may expect to wait 48 hours from the time we receive it, before it will be reflected in the next email checklist that is sent to you.

3. What happens after my application is complete?

Once the Office of Admissions has your complete application, it is forwarded to the Program Admissions Committee for review. The program faculty will contact you directly if you are invited for an interview.

4. My college won't give me an official transcript in a sealed envelope. What do I do?

We have provided a Transcript Request form for you to take to your Registrar’s Office to explain that we require an official transcript in a sealed envelope as part of our application process.

If your Registrar’s Office still will not provide you with an official transcript in a sealed envelope, you must order an official transcript from your college, and make a copy of the order form. Staple the copy of the transcript order form to an 8½” x 11” sheet of paper, which states the name of your college and the fact that they are sending the transcript to the office separately. Please note that your application will be held until all of the transcripts are received. You will receive written notification when your application is complete and has been processed. You must provide us with a current email address throughout the admissions process as we will communicate with you by email.

5. Transcripts: Fall grade reports for the self-managed application

If you are enrolled in prerequisite courses for admission during the Fall semester, delay submitting your application until you can print out a copy of your fall semester grades from your college’s registrar system. If your grades will not be available until after December 30 on the computer system, then you should provide each course instructor with a form and envelope, or postcard, and request that they write your final course grade as soon as your final exam is graded, and mail the envelope or postcard to you. The faculty member must sign the note or postcard. You will then include these notes or postcards in your application packet.

You may also fax your Fall grade report to us at (718) 270-4775.

If you are not enrolled in prerequisite courses for during the fall semester, you should request an official transcript from your college now and place the sealed envelope in your application packet. We have provided a Transcript Request form for you to take to your Registrar’s Office. The directions above only apply to those enrolled in prerequisite courses for admission during the fall semester.

6. Spring registration schedules for the self-managed application

If you are taking pre-requisite courses for admission during the spring semester, you must include documentation of your spring schedule in your self-managed application packet. This will generally be a print out from your college’s registrar system confirming your spring registration.

7. What do I do if my letters of recommendation are in a confidential electronic system such as Interfolio and I can't obtain copies to put into my self-managed application?

If you have confidential letters on file in Interfolio that you are submitting as part of your application, you will request that the letters be sent to us separately from your self-managed application. Staple the copy of the order form to an 8½” x 11” sheet of paper which states the names of the references which are being sent to the office separately. Please note that your application will be held until all of the letters are received. You will receive written notification when your application is complete and has been processed.

8. Where can I get more information?

Financial Aid
Information about costs of attendance, how to apply for financial aid
Email: financialaid@downstate.edu

Residential Life & Services
Information about on campus housing, pictures of rooms
Email: residentiallife@downstate.edu

Bursar
Information about tuition charges
Email: bursar@downstate.edu

Student Life
Information about SUNY Downstate student life outside of the classroom

Program email addresses

College of Health Related Professions

College of Nursing

CHRP / Nursing FAQ

9. May I attend part-time?

Part-time study is available in the following programs:

  • RN-BS in Nursing
  • Medical Informatics
  • Midwifery
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Public Health

10. How many prerequisite courses am I missing?

We are able to determine how many prerequisite courses are missing by completing a pre-evaluation of your transcript(s). Transcripts are reviewed in one of the following ways:

  • By emailing us copies of all your transcripts to admissions@downstate.edu or
  • By faxing us copies of all your transcripts to (718) 270-4775 or
  • By attending one of our Information Sessions
  • By mailing your unofficial transcript to:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Office of Student Admissions
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 60
Brooklyn, New York 11203

When forwarding transcripts be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, email address, program of interest, and the year you plan on entering Downstate.

11. May I take prerequisite courses at SUNY Downstate?

No. However, New York City area applicants generally complete their prerequisite courses at State University of New York and City University of New York colleges. All required prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally-accredited college or university. The six accrediting organizations are listed here.

12. When is the latest I may apply?

Early application is strongly encouraged. A list of application deadlines for each program is available at the

Application Deadlines

13. May I schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions advisor?

It is best to attend an Information Session to speak with an advisor, or contact us via email with your questions and concerns at admissions@downstate.edu.

14. May I contact the program department to check on my application status?

In general, you should send an email to admissions@downstate.edu for questions on application status.

15. Will I be interviewed?

Interview dates and times vary each year depending on the applicant pool and number of qualified, competitive and completed applications received. If you are chosen for an interview, the program to which you applied will contact you with more details. The undergraduate nursing programs (Accelerated Nursing and RN-BS in Nursing) and Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate programs do not conduct interviews.

16. When will I know if I am accepted?

You will be notified in writing once a final decision has been rendered. The process may take some time due to the large volume of applications received.

17. I am having problems completing the online application. Can you help?

Please send an email to admissions@downstate.edu. Include your name and program of choice.

18. What is the NCLEX passing rate for your Accelerated BS in Nursing graduates?

It is above the NY State average of 82%.