Freshmen Applicants

Who is a Freshman Applicant?

Students who:

  • Have not attended any post-secondary institution after high school graduation are considered freshmen applicants. 
  • Have successfully completed fewer than 12 credits following graduation from high school are considered as freshmen in the application process
  • Were enrolled in college courses while in high school are still a freshman applicant, regardless of the numbers of credits attempted/completed.

When to Apply

Prospective freshmen can apply starting July 2015 to be reviewed for the spring or fall 2016 semesters. Applications are only available online at

Deadline for Applying

Spring 2016 Semester

November 15, 2015

Fall 2016 Semester

May 1, 2016

Application and Review Process

For an admission decision to be made the following must be submitted:

  • A complete online application
  • A $25 application fee paid online
  • An official high school transcript or GED
  • SAT and/or ACT test results

Academic achievement is the only factor considered in the selection process, through high school transcripts and standardized test results. Competitive applicants will have at least a “B/3.0” average in a solid college preparatory curriculum. It is expected that successful applicants will have at least:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math to include Algebra 1, Geometry, & Algebra II, a math-based science is recommended for seniors
  • 3 years of science (Biology & Chemistry (with labs), one inquiry-based science such as Physics, Environmental Science, or Earth Science)
  • 3 years of Social Studies (Civics, U.S. History, World History, Geography, or Economics)

Please note the following: Students will receive a conditional decision based on proof of final high school graduation.

Notification of Admission

  • Applicants will receive communication via the email address provided on the application throughout the admission process.
  • Applicants should be sure to keep their address updated with ESU and check their inbox and spam folders often. Any changes should be emailed to with your full name and ESU issued ID number.
  • Applicants can also check their status online at for real-time updates. 
  • All applicants are encouraged to continue to submit additional test scores for scholarship consideration. 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September. A letter and email will be sent for any decision made.
  • Applicants applying to our Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology and Computer Science may not be notified until January. This process allows the Office of Admission to review each applicant in comparison with all others and determine the appropriate candidates for these limited enrolled programs.

Admission Presentations, Open House, Programs, Campus Tours

Admission presentations and campus tours are available to prospective and their families during the fall, spring, and summer, Monday - Saturday. To register go online to 

Numerous Open House Programs are held throughout the year. For more information or to register for these events please visit

  • Fall 2015 Open House Programs will be held on the following Saturdays:  September 26th, October 3rd, October 10th, October 31st, and November 7th
  • On Saturday November 14th we will host two separate Open House Programs for students interested in:
    • The Honors Program
    • The Fine and Performing Arts
  • Spring Open House Programs will be held on the following Saturdays: April 2nd, April 9th , April 16th, and April 23rd