Freshmen Applicants

Who is a Freshman Applicant?

Students who have not attended any post-secondary institution after high school graduation are considered freshmen applicants. If a student was enrolled in college courses while in high school he/she is still a freshman applicant.

When to Apply

Prospective freshmen can apply starting July 2014 to be reviewed for the spring or fall 2015 semesters. Applications are only available online at

Deadline for Applying

Spring 2015 Semester

November 15, 2014

Fall 2015 Semester

April 1, 2015

Application and Review Process

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

  • A complete online application
  • Application fee ($25) 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 (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II or Probability/Statistics in junior year), a math-based science is recommended for seniors
  • 3 years of science (Biology & Chemistry (with labs), one inquiry-based science such as Physics, Engineering, Environmental, 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.
  • Applicants can also check their status online at for real-time updates.
  • All applicants are encouraged to continue to submit additional academic information (new test scores and/or updated senior year grades) if a decision has not been made.
  • 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 more competitive programs (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, Tours

Admission presentations and campus tours are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To Register go online to  Fall Open Houses will be held on the following Saturdays: October 4, October 18, November 1(Fine Arts focused) and November 8. Fine Arts Open House will be held Saturday November 1. Spring Open Houses will be held following Fridays: February 20, February 27, March 6, March 20 April 3 and Saturdays: April 11, April 25. Our on-campus Accepted Student Reception will be held on Saturday March 28.  For more information or to register for these events please go online to