The USC Admissions Office, as well as all other facilities, is normally open at 8:30 a.m. on all campuses, except for stated holidays. An Open House for prospective students is held every Friday at 1 p.m. at each location. College interviews and tours will be given at other times by appointment.
Admission Requirements For Matriculated Applicants
Acceptance is granted to the Utica School of Commerce upon graduation from high school or successful completion of the GED or its certified equivalent. Official transcripts of all high school work, including certification of graduation or GED scores, are required. Official transcripts of previous college work are also required when credit transfer is requested.
It is the policy of the Utica School of Commerce to encourage all applicants to strive for higher educational goals regardless of their academic status. At Utica School of Commerce there is no discrimination on the basis of race, creed, sex, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, age, handicap or sexual orientation.
An individual interested in applying for admission to the Utica School of Commerce is required to complete an application form. The application form, with an option for electronic submission, is available online at www.uscny.edu. It is also available for download, and a printed copy may be mailed to: Admissions, Utica School of Commerce, 201 Bleecker Street, Utica, New York 13501-2280. The college will send for the applicant’s high school transcript(s) and immunization records upon receipt of the application and a signed authorization release. Recent high school graduates should request the high school guidance office to submit a copy of their final high school transcript. All college and other post-secondary transcripts, when necessary, must be requested by the student.
Acceptance to the Utica School of Commerce is based upon approval of the Admissions Committee, which reviews the applicant’s transcripts, recommendations, and other available materials. Upon final approval of the Admissions Committee, the applicant is notified of acceptance.
Early application is advised to ensure entrance into the program desired. Previous study of business subjects is not required.
College Bridge and Articulation Programs
Utica School of Commerce participates with area high schools in providing their students with advanced training under a college bridge agreement. This program may benefit some students by allowing them to attend USC during their senior year in high school. Student selection is based on guidance counselor recommendations. Additionally, some area high schools and technical centers participate in an articulation agreement with USC. By academic agreement, students earn college credit during their high school coursework. A list of participating schools is available through the USC Admissions office.
Applicants may be granted a provisional acceptance pending documentation of high school graduation or successful completion of the GED.
Once notified of acceptance to Utica School of Commerce, there are a number of requirements the students need to meet to complete their matriculation. Students are expected to complete the following requirements prior to the first day of classes (students must complete these requirements within 30 days after the start of the semester in order to remain in class):
Submit a Medical History Form. New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are enrolled in an approved degree or registered certificate program, taking 6 or more credit hours per semester, submit proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Proof of immunity consists of a Certificate of Immunization showing 2 (two) immunizations against Measles and 1 (one) each for Mumps and Rubella, signed by a physician or health care provider. The certificate must specify the type of vaccine and date of administration. Serologic proof, which specifies lab values, is also acceptable, as is positive disease diagnosis (not for Rubella). New York State Public Health Law 2167 recommends that students, regardless of age, also be vaccinated against Meningococcal Meningitis. All students taking credit bearing classes, regardless of age or number of credits, must complete a meningitis compliance form.
Financial Aid Recipients
Submit a completed USC Supplemental Financial Aid Verification/Compliance Form and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or valid Student Aid Report (SAR) with copies of required income documentation as required for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.
Tuition and fees are due on or prior to the first day of classes. Students receiving financial aid will be given credit toward their expenses.
If requesting transfer credit, submit official copies of college transcripts from any previous institutions of higher education attended since graduating from high school. Transfer students receiving Veterans’ educational benefits must submit an official college transcript from prior colleges attended. A transfer student must complete at least 50% of his/her program at USC.
Many students are prepared to enter advanced classes, having previously studied business subjects in college, high school, or in a recognized program of Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction. Credit is also given for passing examinations administered by the New York State College Proficiency Examination (CEEB, CLEP). Upon presentation of an official college transcript showing subjects completed with satisfactory grades (C or higher) and/or the passing of USC’s requirements, a student will be granted credit for courses in the program selected. No credit will be given for computer courses taken more than two years previously, unless approved by the Executive Vice President of Academics. Skill classes such as Keyboarding will require demonstration of current proficiency.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Utica School of Commerce has been designated as an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of over 400 colleges and universities providing voluntary post-secondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As an SOC member, USC recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements and creating learning from appropriate military training and experiences.
SOC has been developed jointly between educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of thirteen leading national higher education associations. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC).
Further information may be obtained by contacting the USC Academic Office.
Students, who for certain reasons may not wish to pursue one of the prescribed programs, or do not meet acceptance as a regular student, may take up to 8 credit hours per semester up to a maximum of 15 credit hours before matriculating.