St. John Fisher College seeks to admit students whose academic records indicate their willingness and ability to profit from instruction at the College. St. John Fisher College admits students of either gender, of any age, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability. For detailed information regarding admissions to St. John Fisher College, visit the College’s Admissions and Aid website.
Categories of Applicants
High School Students
The decision of the Office of Freshman Admissions to admit an applicant to St. John Fisher College is based primarily on the following areas of consideration: the high school record, scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT scores are optional), extracurricular activities, personal statement/essay, and the high school evaluation of the candidate. St. John Fisher College subscribes to the “Candidates Reply Date Agreement” of May 1. Admitted students are expected to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1. For more information, visit the College’s Freshman Admissions website.
St. John Fisher College welcomes qualified transfer applicants from other regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions. The Committee on Admissions makes decisions on a rolling basis. Notifications are communicated to applicants two to three weeks after an application is complete. Transfer Credit Evaluations are provided to students upon or soon after being accepted to the College. For more information, refer to the Transfer Students page or the College’s Transfer Admissions website.
International students who wish to apply for admissions to St. John Fisher College must submit the required documents for freshman or transfer admissions, depending on their status. Students whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants with permanent resident status are encouraged to take the TOEFL if English is not their native language. International applicants are not required to take the TOEFL if they have earned an associate’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution. For more information, visit Freshman Admissions for International Students or Transfer Admissions for International Students.
Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at St. John Fisher College is funded by New York State and the College. HEOP offers educational opportunities to students by providing them with academic and financial assistance based on students’ needs, along with a variety of academic support services to assist them in completing a college education. More information on applying and program requirements can be found on the College’s HEOP website.
Credit By Examination
St. John Fisher College recognizes AP, IB, and CLEP scores. For information related to how these scores translate to credits at St. John Fisher College, visit the College’s Credit by Examination page.
Maximum Transfer Credits
The maximum transfer credit awarded for any combination of Community College coursework, Advanced Placement (AP), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and ACE and NYSED recommendations for credit based on study in non-collegiate institutions will be 66 credit hours or their equivalent. This limit includes courses and examinations taken through inter-institutional registration before the student has enrolled at St. John Fisher College, as well as courses or examinations taken after enrolling at the College. This limit does not include credit earned though American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) testing.
Instant Sophomore Program
A student who earns a total of 30 credits through the Advanced Placement program, the International Baccalaureate program, the Excelsior College Examinations, the College-Level Examination Program, or a combination of these programs may become an instant sophomore. If a student earns fewer than the 30 credits needed for sophomore status, the credits will still be applied toward his or her degree. Thus, the student can still reduce the time needed to achieve his or her undergraduate degree by taking summer courses or a course overload during the academic year.
All entering students are required to provide a completed Health History form with a physical as well as a record of current immunizations. These documents must be presented to the Health and Wellness Center prior to course registration. For more information visit the Health and Wellness Center’s Immunization Requirements page.
Policy for Admissions Review Involving Prior Convictions, Pending Criminal Charges, and Prior Suspensions/Dismissals
St. John Fisher College recognizes its role in maintaining a safe community for its students and College employees. As part of this effort, applicants for admission to the College (undergraduate or graduate) are required to disclose any prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges (felony or misdemeanor, with the exception of any proceedings involving “youthful offender adjudication” as defined in NYS Criminal procedure Law Section 720.35 or any conviction sealed pursuant to NYS Criminal procedure Law Sections 160.55 or 160.58) as well as any past disciplinary suspensions or dismissals from higher educational institutions. For the full policy, refer to Policy for Admissions Review Involving Prior Convictions, Pending Criminal Charges, and Prior Suspensions/Dismissals on the College’s website.