Cazenovia College Admissions Requirements

General Requirements

Cazenovia seeks students whose previous academic record, standardized test results and recommendations indicate the ability to succeed and satisfactorily complete college level work. Consideration is given to personal qualities known to predict success in college such as: maturity, motivation, initiative, imagination, ambition and work ethic. Individuals with these qualifications contribute to the overall quality and diversity of student life and create a stimulating environment that is beneficial to all.

A student may apply to Cazenovia College after completion of six semesters of work in an accredited secondary school. In order to be admitted to Cazenovia College, an applicant must be a high school graduate or provide evidence of passing the GED exam.

Art and Design Portfolios

Students applying to a program in the Art and Design division must either complete an acceptable portfolio review during the admissions process or in the course of their first year, under the guidance of their program faculty.
Portfolio Requirements.  

Advanced Placement

A freshman entering Cazenovia College may receive college credit for, or be excused from, a designated course on the basis of the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board, the College Level Examinations Program, or the New York College Proficiency Examination Program. Contact the vice president for Academic Affairs for additional information. The decision to grant credit or permit waiver of the course is made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Arrangements for advanced placement should be made before the start of classes in the fall.

Homeschooled Students

Students who have completed a program of home instruction in compliance with Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education must submit a letter from the Superintendent of Schools of the public school district of residence which affirms compliance with the regulation. Homeschooled students may also choose to take the GED exam, when they have reached eligibility to do so.  Documentation from the superintendent of schools or successful completion of the GED is acceptable.

First Time Students

  1. Complete the Common Application.
  2. Request an official high school transcript from your guidance counselor, and have your counselor upload it to the Common Application.
  3. Arrange for a recommendation from your guidance counselor or one of your teachers to be uploaded to the Common Application.
  4. Submitting SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Test) scores is optional.  Test scores, when submitted, are used for academic scholarship consideration.
  5. Students who have additional information which they regard as relevant and which they would like to present to the Admissions Committee, may do so by directing a letter to the Admissions Office.
  6. An applicant who is accepted for admission should finalize enrollment by submitting to the Admissions Office the Enrollment Reservation Agreement (enclosed with the letter of acceptance), together with the reservation deposit. This applies to commuting as well as residential students.  Students accepted after May 1 should finalize their enrollment within 30 days of notification of acceptance.

Transfer Admission

Cazenovia College welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer from another college.  Our academic programs align with those offered at community colleges throughout the country. This allows us to maximize your credit transfers and support you through the completion of your degree.

Learn how your credits will transfer
Learn more about transferring to Caz by visiting our Transfer Admission webpage

Do you have questions about our transfer opportunities? Please contact Kelsey Gillette Associate Director of Transfer Admissions at 800-654-3210 or

Are you ready to apply to Caz?  In order for a student who has attended another college to be considered for admission, you must:

  • Complete the Cazenovia Application.
  • Submit official transcripts of all college level courses from all colleges attended to the Admissions Office. (Read our Transfer Credit Policy*.)
  • Submit an official, final copy of the high school transcript including the graduation date (or GED scores).
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or employer.

Transfer students should request the appropriate transfer agreement, if applicable. Cazenovia College has transfer agreements with several institutions leading to baccalaureate degrees (as of July 1997).

*Transfer Credit Policy

Courses completed of a similar type and level with a grade of "C-" or better at a regionally accredited institution will be considered for credit.  Note that some academic programs include courses that require a “C” or higher to transfer. A maximum of 66 credit hours may be accepted from a regionally accredited two-year college, and a maximum of 90 credit hours may be accepted from a regionally accredited four-year college.