Undergraduate Application Instructions

freshmen students application dates and deadlines
Freshmen Students
Early Decision
The Office of Admissions encourages candidates who have selected ACPHS as their first choice to apply under the Early Decision program. Early Decision is a binding agreement and those offered admission would be expected to submit an enrollment confirmation and non-refundable tuition deposit by February 1.

Early Action and Regular Decision
To ensure full consideration and a place in the incoming class, we highly recommend that the completed application be submitted by December 1 (for non-binding Early Action) or by February 1 (for Regular Decision). Early Action applications will be reviewed prior to Regular Decision applications. We will continue to accept applications after the Regular Decision deadline only as space remains available.

Early Admission
Applicants who complete all freshmen admission requirements at the end of the third year of high school will be considered on the same basis as four-year graduates.

Students seeking federal financial aid also must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by their application deadline date at


An application for freshmen admission is reviewed when the file is complete. Students may apply by submitting the Common Application. The application must be submitted to the College along with the required $75 non-refundable fee, unless this fee is waived by the Office of Admissions. An application fee wavier is available to students who visit the campus.

The following materials must be sent to the Office of Admissions:

  • Official high school transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended, including most recent grades.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended.
  • Official reports of standardized test scores, either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program Examination (ACT).
  • Official reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if the applicant has studied for fewer than 4 years where English is the language of instruction. A minimum score of 84 on the TOEFL or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS must be achieved to be considered for admission.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a school official such as a counselor or a teacher is required. An additional recommendation from a science or math teacher or from an individual that knows the candidate well is preferred.

Transcripts must clearly indicate all credits and grades received and indicate coursework currently in progress. All transcripts must be official. If mailed, they must be presented in a sealed envelope with the institution's stamp or an official's signature across the closure. Photocopies and hand-carried documents not in a sealed, stamped envelope are not accepted.

All deposited students are expected to submit a final high school transcript by the first day of classes. Failure to meet this requirement will result in forfeiture of the offer of admission.

Standardized Tests

Freshmen applicants are required to submit official reports of standardized test scores as follows:

  • Applicants for freshmen admission are required to submit official test scores from either the SAT or the ACT. ACPHS recommends, but does not require, that applicants submit the optional SAT essay and/or the optional ACT essay writing test, as these may be used for course placement determinations. The SAT code for the College is 2013. The ACT code is 2672. If both SAT and ACT scores are submitted, the higher score will be considered.
  • Deposited students may be required to complete additional writing assessments prior to the first day of classes at the request of the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Communications.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old. The course of study must have included the following college preparatory coursework:

  • English, 4 years, 4 units
  • Mathematics, 4 years (including pre-calculus), 4 units
  • Science, 3 years (including chemistry), 3 units
  • Academic college preparatory electives, 6 units

Note: Physics and/or Calculus are recommended.

International students

International students must also supply:

  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if the applicant has studied for fewer than 4 years where English is the language of instruction.
  • Completed Foreign Education Credentials Evaluation form from the World Education Service (WES) for post-secondary education completed outside of the U.S.

Pending approval of the application, a letter of acceptance and a Declaration and Certification of Finances form will be sent. The applicant must return this form promptly to the College with a non-refundable tuition deposit. International students coming from outside the United States are required to pay a $200 SEVIS fee directly to the government.

Payment of enrollment deposit and submission of supporting financial documents to the College will allow the College to forward to the applicant the Certificate of Eligibility form I-20A. This form is required for a visa. International applicants are not eligible for need-based federal and state financial aid

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content of the College Catalog prior to enrollment.

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Title IX: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, place of birth, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, or age in its programs and activities with respect to students, applicants, or employees. The College is Required by Title IX and its regulations to not discriminate on the basis of sex, including but not limited to all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Further information, including contact persons at ACPHS is available on the College's Title IX webpage.