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First Time Students

Students, socially, distanced, in a lecture hall. Welcome to SUNY Schenectady

Thank you for considering SUNY Schenectady County Community College as your choice for a quality and affordable education! Not only are we are the most affordable college in the Capital Region, but we also have a wide variety of courses to choose from–all taught by our diverse and regionally recognized faculty.

SUNY Schenectady has a lot of opportunities to enhance your college experience–both in and out of the classroom! If you join one of our many active clubs, or participate in the numerous campus-wide events, we ensure every student is a member of our community!

First Thing To Do - Apply!

Applying at the College is an easy process. You can fill out a paper application or you can apply online. Since we are an open-admission institution, we require no specific grade point average from your high school record. Most of our programs have no special admissions requirements other than being a high school graduate or its equivalent.

There is no cost to apply.

Once you have filled out the application, arrange to have your official high school or GED records sent to the College’s Admissions Office:

Admissions Office
SUNY Schenectady
78 Washington Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12305

After submitting your application to SUNY Schenectady, you can immediately start applying for financial aid. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or to learn more about the FAFSA application process, visit our Financial Aid page. Remember to add SUNY Schenectady County Community College code: 006785.

For step-by-step instructions to the enrollment process, please read our Admissions To Enrollment Checklist - Six Basic Steps.

Early Admission  

SUNY Schenectady offers an early admission program for students who have completed their junior year of high school and meet our early admission criteria. Accepted students can attend their first year at the College while simultaneously fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Learn more about Early Admission.

As always, we are here to help and answer any questions you may have. Contact the Admissions Office directly at 518-381-1366 or at