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Welcome to SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Accepted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute! This is an exciting time in your life, and we’re delighted to welcome you to the amazing academic community. Get ready to be challenged, pushed, and pulled in ways you never imagined. On behalf of our staff, we want to extend our best wishes for a pleasurable and rewarding educational experience at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.


I'm accepted to the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), now what do I do?

Step 1: Submit enrollment confirmation card along with tuition deposit and housing deposit if applicable

Step 2: Return any scholarship/assistantship offer response form, if applicable.

Step 3: Pay your SEVIS fee and apply for student visa

  • The SEVIS fee is generally a onetime fee of $200 that is required for those students who are applying for an F-1 visa. For more information and to pay your SEVIS fee:
  • You will need your SEVIS number from your I-20 in order to schedule your visa interview. Please schedule your interview as soon as possible as visa appointment wait times can be a considerable amount of time. However, you will not be issued a visa more than 4 months before the program start date.
  • Items to bring to your visa interview:
  • Acceptance letter from SUNY Poly
  • I-20 form from SUNY Poly
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Completed visa application
  • Valid passport
  • (1) 2x2 photograph
  • Transcripts from all universities/secondary schools attended
  • Test scores from TOEFL, IELTS, EIKEN, SAT/ACT, GRE, and GMAT if applicable
  • Financial documentation to show that you are capable of paying for your tuition/fees and living expenses while living in the US
  • Proof of compelling ties to your home country. You must prove that you plan to return to your country after completion of your degree. This is the number one reason why visas are denied!

    10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa (from NAFSA) (pdf)

    More Information on getting your Student Visa


Step 4: Make Housing Arrangements

  • If you plan to live on campus you must submit your housing deposit as well as your Request for Accommodations Form. For more information visit Residence Life and Housing
  • SUNY Poly is offering an on campus Residency Award for incoming graduate-level international students ! Please read more about the amazing accommodations available to you in our BRAND NEW Oriskany Hall! We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity! If you have questions about the award, send an email to Tze-Teck Sim at 
    • To accept this offer, please do the following:
      • Complete and submit the Request for Accommodations form to the Residence Life Office. Please select the following College Housing and Dining Service Option on this form: Double 95 meals/semester (includes 400 pts) - $4,755. You will receive a credit on your bill for the cost of the meal plan ($1,775 per semester).
  • If you plan to live off campus, you should begin your apartment search before arriving to campus. You can check the local newspaper for local listings of apartments or join the International student yahoo group to get in contact with current students and check for openings ( If you have tried these options and are still in need of assistance please contact David Garrett, Director of International Student Services.

Step 5: Make Travel Arrangements

  • Please arrive in New York and on the SUNY Poly campus by the start of our International Student Orientation program and no sooner than 30 days before the program start date as indicated on your I-20 (Arriving to campus prior to orientation will result in additional expenses. SUNY Poly can only accommodate new students on the stated dates and times. Please read all email correspondance so that you are aware of the dates that airport pick ups and on-campus accommodations are available to you.)
  • If you are arriving to New York by plane, the closest airport to campus is Syracuse, NY (SYR).
  • Once your travel arrangements have been confirmed, please complete and submit the Airport Arrival Information Form so that airport pickup will be arranged from the Syracuse airport (SYR).

Step 6: Return health history and physical examination form

Step 7:  Arrive on campus and attend orientation!

  • During this time you will meet with your advisor and register for classes, set up your bank account, and get acquainted with faculty, staff, and other students.